RAMHP Coordinator at Rural Adversity Mental Health Program
Kate is a Coordinator for the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program based in Tamworth, North West NSW, and covering areas of the Hunter New England Local Health District.
She has been in the Rural Adversity role for over 10 years and has seen the program evolve and change. One of the biggest changes was the movement of the program from a drought focus to a broader inclusion of adversity and a widening of target groups from farmers and farming families towards working with rural and remote communities as a whole.
The role of Rural Adversity Mental Health Coordinator has allowed Kate to combine her interests of promoting health and wellbeing and working directly with people to enable and support change. Kate finds it satisfying to be able to provide communities and individuals with new knowledge, to listen and engage with them and to witness daily, the absolute resilience of rural Australians.
Having worked in the area of Population Health and Health Promotion for over 20 years, Kate has been exposed to a variety of programs, target groups and content areas. These range from such areas as alcohol related crime to bowel cancer screening and oral health of refugee populations.
Target groups include police, health workers, volunteers and farming families. Coupled with this practical experience, Kate completed a Social Work degree which has given her the skills to identify, empathise and guide people dealing with issues that are impacting on their mental health.
- Bachelor of Social Work
- Accredited Mental Health First Aid facilitator
- Mental ill-health
- Depression and/or anxiety
- Mental health and wellbeing
- Regional and remote communities
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