Resilience or Risk? Exploring the Impact of Rurality on Youth Mental Health

Funding has been secured through the Lishman Health Foundation by Dr Sarah Youngson at RCSWA to research the impact of living in a rural area on the mental health of young people. The study seeks to explore the risk and protective factors of a rural address on youth mental health.

Risk factors for mental illness are magnified in rural communities, with stigma, lack of anonymity, and access to services being dominant factors. In contrast, a rural residence confers a number of protective factors which warrant further exploration. The strengthening of these factors has the potential to mitigate the risks of rurality on youth mental health.

The study will utilise qualitative methods, based on a phenomenological world view which will attempt to understand the lived experienced of young people in rural communities. The study will be guided by the principles of participatory action research, in which the group being researched – rural young people – will be actively involved in the research process (Baum, MacDougall, & Smith, 2006). Participatory Action Research (PAR) includes involving those most affected by the issue under investigation, being directly involved in the development of the inquiry process as well as the implementation of any actions that arise from the process (Crane & O’Regan, 2010).

South West Health Research Collaborative

The Lishman Health Foundation, in partnership with Rural Health West, St John of God Bunbury, Edith Cowan University, WA Country Health Service and WA Primary Health Alliance, initiated the South West Health Research Collaborative in 2019. The key objectives of the SWHRC are:

  • Form a collaborative South West regional community of health professionals, researchers, universities and research organisations to optimise the opportunity for health research in the South West region.
  • Identify current health research and translational health research activity in the South West.
  • Determine future health research and translational health research priorities relevant to, health practice, health outcomes and health professional development in the South West.
  • Grow health research and translational health research activity in the South West.
  • Develop strategies for research implementation and translational research projects.
  • Identify resources to support research.
  • Facilitate the South West Health Research Collaborative in guiding and directing research projects in accordance with identified health research needs and priorities.

The SWHRC will host the South West Health Research Forum on the 26 November 2020, bringing together health professionals, researchers, universities and research organisations to guide and direct future research projects in accordance with identified health research needs and priorities.

The South West Health Research Collaborative will also host a series of webinars.

Webinar 1: The ORCHID Study

South West Health Research Forum

SOUTH WEST HEALTH RESEARCH FORUM

South West Health Research Forum  |  Thursday 26 November 2020  |  12.00noon – 6.00pm
Forum Networking Event  | Thursday 26 November 2020  | 5.00pm – 6.30pm

About the Forum

The Lishman Health Foundation has collaborated with Rural Health West, Edith Cowan University, St John of God Bunbury Hospital, WA Country Health Service and WA Primary Health Alliance to facilitate a South West Health Research Forum.

In a first for the South West, the forum will bring together research leaders, researchers and health practitioners from Australian universities and South West clinical settings to share current rural and regional health research  activity and explore potential opportunities to grow health research in the region.

We are fortunate to have Professor Gary Geelhoed, Executive Director WA Health Translation Network as the lead facilitator for the forum.  Clinical Professor Alan James, Chair Busselton Population Medical Research Institute, will present along with other researchers from WA Universities, Monash University and the University of Newcastle.

The forum will provide the opportunity for delegates to learn, mentor, contribute and network.

Health practitioners and researchers currently undertaking research have the opportunity to present a printed poster at the forum, and to engage attendees in rich discussion of their research during lunch and afternoon tea.  Please see full details under the Program Tab

Who should attend?

We encourage health practitioners and researchers currently undertaking research and those that would like to become involved in research to make the most of this opportunity.
  • Clinicians and health professionals
  • Researchers
  • Early stage investigators
  • Academics

For more information or to register for the forum, please click here.

Mental Health & Wellbeing in Augusta Margaret River

The Lishman Health Foundation has engaged the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health from the University of Newcastle to explore mental health and wellbeing approaches in Augusta Margaret River.

The Project Advisory Committee, established by the Lishman Health Foundation with representatives from across the Shire of Augusta Margaret River, have guided and supported this project. The consultation process has only been possible because of the commitment of people from the Shire of Augusta Margaret River to address mental health and wellbeing in their community. Their willingness to provide their views openly and frankly has provided a solid foundation for moving forward to promote mental health and wellbeing across the community. The Final Report is now available for the community to view. 

This report describes the results of a project to explore options for addressing mental health and wellbeing in the Shire of Augusta Margaret River. The project was undertaken to identify the key issues and explore community views about mental health and wellbeing in the area. The project represents a commitment to address mental health and wellbeing in the area.

Mental Health and Wellbeing: Final Report

100 Day Walk for Mental Health

From June to August 2019, Marg Rhodes and Pieter van walked approximately 2000km along the Via Francigena as part of their ‘100 Day Walk for Mental Health’. Starting in Canterbury and ending in Rome, Marg and Pieter averaged 20km per day, often in gruelling conditions, to achieve this amazing feat.

This walk didn’t just challenge Marg and Pieter individually, but also helped to raise awareness for mental health and vital funds for the Lishman Health Foundation to support regional mental health research.

Mental health illness does not discriminate and affects many individuals, families and friends. Marg and Pieter understand this first hand as they have experienced the effects and impact of anxiety and depression on their young adult son.

The 100 Day Walk was totally self-funded by Marg and Pieter.

Thank you to Marg and Pieter for supporting the Lishman Health Foundation and raising money to support mental health research for regional and rural communities in WA.

 

Volunteer Morning Tea

The Lishman Health Foundation would like to invite our existing volunteers, and anyone interested in future volunteering, to join us for a cuppa and chat about the exciting volunteer opportunities available through the Foundation on Friday the 24 May 2019 from 10-11am in Conference Room 1 at SJOG Bunbury Hospital.

This is also our opportunity to thank our existing volunteers for your ongoing support of the Foundation.

We are very excited to have Marg Rhodes as our guest speaker at the morning tea.

Marg and Pieter will be embarking on a ‘100 Day Walk for Mental Health’ to raise awareness and funds for mental health. Marg and Pieter will be walking the Via Francigena over 100 days from June to August 2019 – a 2,000 km journey from Canterbury to Rome.

The Foundation will support Marg and Pieter’s journey by coordinating local fundraising opportunities with support from our volunteers. All money raised will go towards mental health programs coordinated by the Foundation.

Come along to hear more about the walk and how you can volunteer to support this wonderful cause.

We hope you can join us! Please RSVP to admin@vlfoundation.com or contact 0475 705 417.

Please click here to view the morning tea flyer. Please share with any of your friends that may also be interested in volunteering.

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Get access to hundreds of valuable offers for everything you love to do and support the Lishman Health Foundation at the same time. The Foundation will receive 20% of the proceeds to go towards funding mental health research programs for regional, rural and remote communities.

For more information or enquiries, please contact us on 0475 705 417 or email admin@vlfoundation.com.

 

 

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GenesisCare to launch new High Risk Familial Hyperlipidaemia Clinic at SJOG Bunbury

Health professionals are invited to attend the launch of the new GenesisCare high risk Familial Hyperlipidaemia clinic at SJOG Bunbury.

Presenters will include Dr Allison Morton, Kate MacLean and Dr Andrew Kirke. Please see the attached flyer for further details about the event.

Fundraising Dinner at Voyager Estate

Over 80 guests enjoyed a gourmet evening with the very best that the renowned Voyager Estate has to offer at the Lishman Health Foundation’s Fundraising Dinner on Saturday the 9th February 2019.

Guests were enthralled by Craig Challen, who was an integral part of the recent Tham Laung cave rescue team in Thailand and now Australian of the Year for Western Australia. International GP turned comic, Dr Ahmed Kazmi, was also on hand to thoroughly entertain the dinner guests throughout the evening.

The evening raised over $30,000 to fund the Augusta Margaret River Mental Health and Well Being research project which has been undertaken by the Centre for Rural and Regional Mental Health at the University of Newcastle. The Lishman Health Foundation is working in conjunction with communities in the Shire of Augusta Margaret River to
explore approaches to promoting mental health and well-being in the area.

Click here to view the Voyager Estate Fundraising Dinner invitation.

 

 

Promoting Mental Health & Wellbeing in Augusta Margaret River

Community and Service Provider Consultation

The Lishman Health Foundation is working in conjunction with communities in the Shire of Augusta Margaret River to explore approaches to promoting mental health and wellbeing in the area. We have engaged the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health (CRRMH) to undertake this project.

For more information, please click on the link to the information sheet below.

Community and Service Provider Consultation Information Sheet