Professor David Perkins
Director at Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health
Professor David Perkins is the Director and Professor of Rural Health Research at the University of Newcastle's Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health and coordinator of the Orange Declaration on Rural Mental Health. Based in Orange (NSW) David has extensive research experience in Mental Health Services, Rural Suicide Prevention, Public Health, Rural Health and Primary Health Care.
Professor Perkins's career spans senior management and health service research roles in both the UK and Australia. David has been awarded more than $22 million in grant income since 2016, and has published in a variety of journals including Medical Journal of Australia, BMC Health Services Research, the International Journal of Integrated Care, Aging and Mental Health, BMC Psychiatry and the Australian Journal of Rural Health.
David was previously Editor in Chief of the Australian Journal of Rural Health.
- PhD Social Policy and Administration (Health Services), University of Kent at Canterbury, UK, 1983
- Mental ill-health
- Suicide prevention
- Suicide prevention research
- Regional and remote communities
Recent Media Commentary
For rural people, COVID has compounded cumulative stresses and contributed to higher levels of trauma, mental ill-health and in some cases, suicidal behaviour.
A research paper published recently by the University of Newcastle highlights the process and achievements of the initiative called 'Our Healthy Clarence' and the benefits of a community-driven approach to suicide prevention and well-being.
People living in rural and remote Australia are disproportionately affected by suicide with the death rate of rural men up to 40 percent higher than their city counterparts. One initiative to try and bridge that gap is Psychs on Bikes, a group of mental health workers riding around the country on motorbikes.
Rural suicide report paints bleak picture about isolated males