Authors: Bryan Hoolahan, Jenny Grosvenor and Heidi Kurtz, NSW
Event: 2005 TheMHS Conference
Subject: The Centre for Rural and Rural and Remote Mental Health, Social Inclusion and Mental Health Promotion, education
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Aim: To provide details about the project development process and reports on participant evaluations. It also discusses the challenges associated with using outreach technologies to deliver consumer/carer and community education. People living and working in small rural communities are often very isolated, invisible to the rest of the health and social welfare system and rarely get local access to mental health information. The Centre for Rural and Rural and Remote Mental Health has been funded by the Australian Government’s Regional Health Service Program, to deliver and evaluate a mental health education lecture series to health workers and community members in small rural towns using remote mode technologies (eg video-conferencing, web forum etc).
Conclusion: The lecture series has provided participants with an opportunity to network and learn together locally and to communicate more extensively with presenters as well as attendees from other towns using outreach technology modes. It has also provided insights into the effective use of technology in rural areas including some challenges and limitations. Rural and remote mental health education provision is not just about periodically offering learning events. It is also about engaging and listening to rural participants and encouraging them to help set the learning agenda.