CARE For Rural Australia
OzHelp Foundation (OzHelp) has partnered with Dr. Meg Perceval, Be Health, and the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention (AISRAP) through Griffith University to deliver CARE for Rural Australia, coming to regional, rural, and remote Queensland in March 2021.
CARE© is a leading evidence-based wellbeing and suicide prevention program that addresses the health needs of people living and working in regional, rural, and remote communities, particularly those working in farming, agribusiness, and other agricultural industries. CARE© has been developed in rural communities for people in rural communities, using best evidence and practice-based experience spanning many years. The CARE© program has been evaluated and shown to improve health outcomes, such as mental wellbeing, as well as knowledge, confidence, and skills to be better able to recognise and respond when others may need a hand.
OzHelp is committed to building on the existing evidence base to improve health outcomes and contribute to suicide prevention. For this reason, we have partnered with AISRAP through Griffith University to independently evaluate the CARE for Rural Australia project. Participation in this study is completely optional, however, if you do choose to participate, your involvement is sincerely appreciated.
The CARE© Wellbeing and Suicide Prevention workshop focuses on health and wellbeing including what factors can contribute towards, or detract from, overall health. With an Australian rural perspective in mind, the workshop also looks at mental illness and suicide presenting a contemporary theory of why people die by suicide. The latter part of the workshop goes through the CARE action plan: Connect Ask Refer Encourage, to equip participants with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to be able to have conversations with others and assist them to further help if required. Participants can interact throughout the workshop and ask questions, as well as practice new skills.
With the goal of reaching 300 people who live and/or work on farms, in the agricultural industry, or in rural and farming communities, a total of 18 CARE for Rural Australia workshops will be delivered including face-to-face and online options. A mix of face to face and online workshops are planned for Cairns/Hinterland, Central West Queensland, Darling Downs, North West Queensland, Wide Bay, Mackay, Central Queensland, and Townsville regions. Please see below for further details.
Dr Meg Perceval, developer and facilitator of CARE©, has worked in rural health, wellbeing, and suicide prevention since 2007. Meg has a distinguished track record of community engagement, training, facilitation, and translational research skills. Dr. Perceval’s peer-reviewed publications have come from the work and research she has undertaken in rural and farming communities to better understand and improve health outcomes and address suicide. They reflect the importance of the fact that health and wellbeing are dependent on a combination of physical, psychological, social, and environmental factors.
Dr. Perceval has a deep understanding of these themes, not only from her work and research but also because she has spent most of her life living and working on a farm and continues to do so. Living and working in a rural community, Meg knows firsthand how these different dimensions affect both the short and long term conditions for those working in agriculture.
OzHelp is a leading provider of workplace wellbeing programs specialising in mental health and suicide prevention. Accredited under the National Standards for Mental Health Services, OzHelp has been selected by the Federal Department of Health to deliver the National Suicide Prevention Leadership Strategy.
You are invited to take part in a research study aimed at further evaluating the effectiveness of the CARE and OzHelp support programs which will help build on the existing evidence base for rural wellbeing and suicide prevention. Your participation is completely optional, however, if you do choose to participate, your involvement is sincerely appreciated.
You will be asked to complete a very brief survey after registering for the event, after the training, and three months later. This survey will take 15 minutes each time and will ask you about your thoughts on mental health/wellbeing and training in rural Australia. Your responses will be kept completely confidential and are very valuable in our evaluation. Thank you.
Need to talk to someone?
Please call Lifeline 13 11 14, Beyond Blue 1300 224 636 or the Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467.
For anyone who has been bereaved or impacted by suicide at any stage in their life, StandBy provides services all around Australia. Call 0429 147 491 during Queensland business hours or visit https://standbysupport.com.au/