In Health

New South Wales Minister for Mental Health Bronnie Taylor

Mental Health Funding For Royal Flying Doctor Service

Victor P Taffa

Drought affected communities in rural and remote New South Wales will benefit from increased funding to the Royal Flying Doctor Service for mental health support.

Minister for Mental Health Bronnie Taylor today announced the New South Wales Government will provide $750,000 this year to the Royal Flying Doctor Service South Eastern Section (RFDSSE).

This will enhance the Peer Ambassador program they offer to communities in isolated areas of New South Wales affected by drought. The program is a partnership with Lifeline Broken Hill Country to Coast.

Minister Taylor said the funding will provide essential mental health support where it is needed most in rural and remote communities experiencing the ongoing drought.

“I am passionate about providing accessible services to those who need it in rural and remote areas. By providing additional support to the Royal Flying Doctor Service’s peer support programs, we are able to support more individuals, families and communities in need.” Minister Taylor said.

“We know access to early intervention and prevention mental health services can be very difficult for people in isolated areas to access. That’s why the services provided by the Royal Flying Doctor are so critical in overcoming the challenges that distance presents.”

RFDSSE Chief Executive Officer Greg Sam said this is especially important in remote areas where there is a reluctance to seek help, which contributes to higher levels of mental distress.

“Not only does the Royal Flying Doctor Service provide direct mental health support through face to face clinical services and psychological support by phone or email, we also promote mental health and wellbeing support through prevention and early intervention initiatives to address community needs.” Mr. Sam said.

“Today’s announcement is focused on prevention and early intervention; enabling people on the land to give a hand to others in need.”

This funding is part of the $8.275 Million allocated in the Emergency Drought Package to improve access to and delivery of mental health services in rural and remote communities.

This funding brings the total drought support investment to $1.8 Billion provided by the New South Wales Government.


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