News and Events
Mental health a major concern for rural Australia (28 July 2008)
People living with mental health problems in rural and remote Australia are at a greater risk of stigma, social disconnection, untreated illness and chronic health problems than those residing in larger centres, warns Charles Sturt University (CSU) academic and clinical psychologist Dr Gene Hodgins.
Chancellor to launch Centre for Inland Health in Bathurst (4 December 2007)
Charles Sturt University (CSU) Chancellor, Mr Lawrence Willett, AO, will officiate at the launch of The Centre for Inland Health (CIH) and the Inland Health Foundation (IHF) on Monday 10 December on the CSU Bathurst Campus. CIH Director Dr Rod Pope explained that the Centre is based on a model that "involves academics from all campuses who participate in research and development in the four CSU faculties - Arts, Business, Education and Science - to serve the shared vision of health for our inland communities. It builds linkages between staff from various CSU Schools, Centres and Groups and links them with service providers, government agencies and community representatives for research and development, rather than operating as a discrete grouping of academics focused on either research or teaching and learning," Dr Pope said. The Inland Health Foundation is being established to fund the Centre's work through donations.
Supporting inland health (27 November 2007)
Community support is growing for Charles Sturt University's (CSU) Centre for Inland Health initiative, which was established in response to the existing lack of information and realistic solutions to meet the health needs of inland Australian communities. Riverina identity and past president of the Country Women's Association (CWA) Ms Elaine Armstrong congratulated CSU for the initiative to present the health symposium, Planning Together for the Future and the launch of the Centre on Thursday 29 and Friday 30 December. "The workshops offered are of special interest to women and their families in this region as they cover areas such as lung health, muscle, bone and joint health, life with cancer, health workforce and services, heart health, ageing and health and mental health," said Ms Armstrong. "Of special interest is the symposium on mental health, because of the extended drought conditions which are causing stress and anxiety for families. Anxiety in younger farmers is another major issue, with statistics showing that men aged 30 to 45 years and living in rural and remote areas, are at risk of mental breakdowns and suicides."
CSU tackles rural health crisis (27 August 2007)
Charles Sturt University (CSU) has announced the establishment of the Centre for Inland Health in response to the critical health issues confronting Australia 's rural communities and the lack of realistic solutions to address these concerns.
The Centre for Inland Health will bring together health educators, researchers, service providers and local communities to identify, examine and solve priority health concerns of inland communities.