Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health

The Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health was established in 2001 to provide leadership in rural and remote mental health research and program delivery.



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Collaborative research included the Australian Rural Mental Health Study (ARMHS) study, concepts of rural adversity, a comprehensive analysis of rural suicide and The Orange Declaration on rural and remote mental health. These continue to inform understanding of rural mental health and the importance of ongoing research.



CRRMH has a proud and long-standing history of providing evidence-based translational research and expert advice on state, national and international committees and working groups with the research focus on improving mental health services, rural suicide prevention, and helping individuals, their families and communities to stay mentally well.

What we do for Rural and Remote Mental Health

History – 2001

The Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health was established in 2001 by a competitive tender process, with funding provided by the then New South Wales Department of Health. The University of Newcastle was the successful tenderer and established the Centre at its current base in Orange NSW. NSW Health has continued to provide funding through a series of five-year funding agreements.  

We exist to provide leadership in rural and remote mental health research; we work closely with rural communities, health providers, government agencies, NGOs and other researchers to influence service design, delivery and mental health education in rural and remote New South Wales.  The work we do here is relevant locally and internationally. 

Improving the mental health of people living in rural and remote NSW
1. Through achievements in research, education and service evaluation
2. By collaboration with health services and rural communities, and
research and education institutions

• Academic infrastructure and library services
• Rural Mental Health Research and Development
• Education and training in Mental Health

100% of the proceeds from registration fees* will go towards World Vision Australia’s India COVID-19 appeal. Funds from this appeal will go towards providing health facilities in the worst hit districts in India with oxygen machines, beds, protective equipment, medical supplies and support community-based COVID-19 prevention activities.


The University of Newcastle is proud of the CRRMH’s legacy and will continue its commitment to improving mental health through initiatives like the HMRI Healthy Minds program, which includes a range of research programs targeted at improving mental health outcomes for Australians.

Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health

The Centre for Rural & Remote Mental Health acknowledges the traditional owners and custodians of the land we live and work on.

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