All of our communities are currently experiencing the effects of an extended drought. This has huge consequences for all of us in terms of mental and physical health, as well as the social and economic impacts. It is important that people are taking care of themselves and their families during this time.
On this page you will find information about some of the services offered across Western NSW Local Health District to support our communities throughout this time of drought. The
Department of Primary Industries DroughtHub site also contains a range of information that may be of assistance to staff and patients.
The Drought Support Team
As the drought continues across our District, the importance of our farmers and rural communities remaining healthy is vital.
The crippling effects have spread beyond the farm gate and are being felt by towns, cities, workers, families, and businesses.
The team provide free and confidential, one-on-one support to those effected by the drought. This could be anyone - from farmers and families, to shop owners, schools or fellow health professionals.
The team also have a child and adolescent support.
Drought - Peer Support Workers Model Of Care
The Drought Support Team consists of everyday people with lived experience of life on the land. The team are non-clinical but have a first-hand understanding of the effects of drought.
The team understand how the drought may impact a person's life, including their wellbeing. They are available to have a chat and help connect people with other services, such as those available on the Drought Hub website.
Click on the brochure image to download a copy of the Drought Support Team Brochure, including contact details for the team.
Contacts - Support when & where it is needed
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.
To access the Drought Support Team service call
(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
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.
For additional contact details refer to the map and table below.
Heather Jones (Senior Support Worker)
Matt March (Child & Adolescent Support)
Leif Carroll (Clinical Lead)
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