The potential hardship associated with living in rural and remote communities (including drought, fire, flood, isolation, etc…) can have huge consequences in terms of mental and physical health, as well as the social and economic impacts.
On this page you will find information about some of the services offered across Western NSW Local Health District to support our communities experiencing hardship.
The Rural and Drought Support Team
The Rural and Drought Support Team have an understanding of the challenges and adversities that living and working in rural and remote areas may present. They are local people with lived experience of rural life providing one on one wellbeing support, and linking in to additional supports and services.
The team provide a FREE and CONFIDENTIAL service, offering face to face, phone, text or email support.
Click here to download a copy of the Rural and Drought Support Team Brochure
, including contact details each team member. You can also access the service by calling the Dubbo office on (02) 6881 4002, Monday to Friday, 8.30am – 5.00pm. Outside these hours anyone with concerns about their mental health or that of a friend or loved one should call the Mental Health Line on free call 1800 011 511.
The team are mobile - They will travel to meet with people needing their services or are also available to chat via phone, text or email.
Support is available from any of the team members - The Team acknowledges that at times people may not wish to seek support from a team member who may live in the same town or know them personally, so feel free to contact other members of the team.
Note: The Rural and Drought Support Team work Monday to Friday. For crisis after-hours support please call NSW Mental Health Line 1800 011 511. In an emergency always call 000 or go to your nearest hospital emergency department.
Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP)
The Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) is a major program of the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health, in partnership with each of the rural NSW Health Districts.
RAMHP has 19 Coordinators based across rural and remote NSW, with 3.5 FTE covering Western NSW LHD. Coordinators are based in Canowindra, Dubbo, Mudgee and Moree, servicing all areas of the District.
Their role is to inform, educate and connect individuals, communities and workplaces with appropriate services and programs.
Find our more about RAMHP
To learn more, access information about training programs and a range of downloadable resources, or to find a RAMHP Coordinator in your local area, head to the