Bashir recognises UNE mental healthcare research for rural areas with award

Published 16 October 2009

bashir_stewart_blogThe Governor of New South Wales, Her Excellency Marie Bashir AC, has recognised the University of New England’s School of Rural Medicine with an award for its research into rural mental healthcare.

The award was presented to Professor Fiona Stewart on behalf of UNE’s School of Rural Medicine, and recognizes research into ways of supporting mental health practitioners, particularly those who work with children and adolescents in regional areas.

Chancellor of the UNE, Dr Richard Torbay commended the research undertaken by Professor John Fraser and Associate Professor Christian Alexander .

“Australia’s regional community is ‘crying out’ for real assistance, and I am pleased that UNE is focused on bringing results to the table that provide real assistance to the community.

“UNE’s first-class research demonstrates the University’s commitment to delivering tangible outcomes to Australia’s rural and regional community,” Dr Torbay said.

Professor Fraser said the research involved great deal of collaboration between UNE and rural GPs across rural NSW.

“As this research deepens, the University will continue to work alongside Hunter New England Health Service to explore programs that address this area of need,” Professor Fraser said.

Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of UNE’s Faculty of The Professions, Professor Victor Minichiello said the award demonstrates the significant impact the newly established medical school is making in the field of rural healthcare.

“As one of Australasia’s first rural medical school, UNE is clearly providing leadership to the rural community, delivering real research outcomes in the area of rural healthcare delivery.

“This award is evidence that UNE’s research is making a real difference to peoples’ lives, importantly in this acutely under-resourced area,” Professor Minichiello said.