Rural Mental Health Research Group

Hay fields in the country


The Rural Mental Health research group focuses on increasing knowledge about factors related to the mental health of people living in regional, rural and remote areas in Australia and developing tools to better manage mental health in these areas. Research projects include epidemiological studies to better understand risk and protective factors associated with rural mental health, geospatial studies to map mental health services and various mental health related outcomes in rural areas, and the development and evaluation of programs and tools to prevent mental health problems, promote help-seeking, and assist in the management of mental illness.

The Mental Health research group is also part of a project called Sustainable Farms that aims to translate 20 years of ecological research on farms into information and tools that farmers can use to better manage their farms’ natural capital assets. This project includes a transdisciplinary research program that studies links between ecological sustainability, financial sustainability and mental health outcomes for farming communities.