Health and wellbeing

Working on the land can affect your health, both physically and mentally. If you need support, it is always important to talk to your GP or healthcare professional. If you or someone you know are in need of support, there are countless services available across numerous platforms (via phone, online, face-to-face). Browse through the services below to find a support provider that best suits your needs. Community and Neighbourhood Centres can also be a good source of information, as well as your local council's website.

Primary Healthcare Networks (PHN)

PHNs have been established with the key objectives of increasing efficiency and effectiveness of medical services for patients, particularly those at risk of poor health outcomes, and improving coordination of care to ensure patients receive the right care, in the right place, at the right time. See below to find a PHN service in your area:

Darling Downs and West Moreton Region

Phone: (07) 4615 0900
Email: info@ddwmphn.com.au
Web: www.ddwmphn.com.au

Western Queensland

Phone: (07) 4573 1900
Email: admin@wqphn.com.au
Web: www.wqphn.com.au

Central Queensland, Wide Bay & Sunshine Coast

Phone: (07) 5456 8100
Email: info@ourphn.org.au
Web: www.ourphn.org.au

Northern Queensland

Phone: (07) 4034 0300
Email: hello@nqphn.com.au
Web: www.nqphn.com.au

Government Health Initiatives

Your mental wellbeing is the unique way that you handle your emotions, respond to stress and also your general outlook on life. Having a healthy sense of mental wellbeing has many benefits. Discover ways to strengthen your mental wellbeing utilising these online resources from the Queensland Government:

1.  https://mentalwellbeing.initiatives.qld.gov.au

2.  www.headtohealth.gov.au

3.  www.healthdirect.gov.au

HEALTH SERVICE NAVIGATORS (HSN)

HSNs are community service professionals who can help people understand and navigate the oftenchallenging pathways to accessing mental health services, utilising a within a stepped care approach.

It can be the first point of call to evaluate what mental health supports are available in a particular region and how that support could be funded. HSN works with people to find the right service, with the right person, at the right time. RHealth is a dynamic and innovative Primary Health Care Organisation that has HSNs engaged in the Western Downs, Southern Downs, Goondiwindi, South Burnett, Cherbourg and Somerset regions. Click here to read ‘Everything You Need To Know about HSNs’.

RHealth

Phone: 1300 012 710
Email: services@rhealth.com.au
Web: www.rhealth.com.au

Support Helplines

Access 24 hour support via the various helplines listed below. If it is an emergency always call triple zero (000).


The Mental Health Access Line is a confidential mental health telephone triage service that provides Queenslanders first point of contact to public mental health services. A 24/7 service that links callers to the nearest Queensland Public Mental Health service.
Phone: 1300 64 22 55
Web: www.qld.gov.au/health


Australia’s first text counselling service delivered by qualified mental health professionals, VIRTUAL Psychologist offers FREE psychological services to all Aussie farmers and those who live in regional or rural areas via text to 0488 807 266 (24/7 support). A revolutionary psychological service providing counseling via SMS.
Text line: 0488 807 266 (24/7 support)
Web: www.virtualpsychologist.com.au


Lifeline are a national charity providing all Australians experiencing emotional distress with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.
Phone: 13 11 44
Text line: 0477 13 11 14 (6pm – 12am, 7 days/wk)
Web: www.lifeline.org.au


Suicide Call Back Service is a nationwide service that provides professional 24/7 telephone and online counselling to people who are affected by suicide.
Phone: 1300 659 467
Online counselling: /phone-and-online-counselling/
Video chat: www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au


Beyond Blue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.
Phone: 1300 224 636
Online chat: online.beyondblue.org.au (3pm – 12am)
Web: www.beyondblue.org.au


MensLine Australia is a telephone and online counselling service for men with emotional health and relationship concerns.
Phone: 1300 78 99 78
Online counselling: /phone-and-online-counselling/
Video chat: www.mensline.org.au


Kids Helpline is Australia’s only free, private and confidential 24/7 phone and online counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25.
Phone: 1800 55 1800
Online chat: /webcounselling/live/chat/
Web: www.kidshelpline.com.au


MATES provides suicide prevention through community development programs and by supporting workers in need through a 24/7 help line.
Phone: 1300 642 111
Send a message: www.mates.org.au/contact-us
Web: www.mates.org.au

Mental Health Awareness

Access support for your Mental Health Awareness activities via the agencies listed below.


The role of the Queensland Mental Health Commission is to drive reform of the mental health and alcohol and other drugs systems in Queensland. QMHC's work contributes to the Queensland Government’s objectives for the community – delivering quality frontline services, and building safe, caring and connected communities with a focus on mental health issues and alcohol and other drug problems.
Phone: 1300 855 945
Email: info@qmhc.qld.gov.au
Web: www.qmhc.qld.gov.au


Are you bogged mate? aims to boost awareness and start a conversation with the broader community about the rising issue of depression and suicide rates among men in rural areas. They are confronting the challenges that country men face on a daily basis, talking about mental health, and lighting the path to support.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/areyouboggedmate
Web: www.areyouboggedmate.com.au


R U OK? is a suicide prevention charity in Australia, reminding people that having meaningful conversations with loved ones, friends and colleagues could save lives. R U OK?'s vision is a world where we're all connected and are protected from suicide. Their goals are to:
1) Boost our confidence to meaningfully connect and ask about life's ups and downs, 2) Nurture our sense of responsibility to regularly connect and support others, 3) Strengthen our sense of belonging because we know people are there for us, and 4) Be relevant, strong and dynamic.
Web: www.ruok.org.au


The Black Dog Institute is the only medical research institute in Australia to investigate mental health across the lifespan. Their aim is to create a mentally healthier world for everyone. They do this through ‘translational’ research. Integrating research studies, education programs, digital tools and apps, clinical services, and public resources to discover new solutions, foster connections and create real-world change.
Phone: (02) 9382 2991
Email: blackdog@blackdog.org.au
Web: www.blackdoginstitute.org.au