Rural Community Wellbeing


National Enterprise for Rural Community Wellbeing

Rural Australia recurrently suffers from drought and other environmental impacts alongside commodity decline which threaten farm viability, closure of businesses in rural towns and impact on mental health and wellbeing. The suicide rate for young men in rural Australia, Indigenous peoples and male farmers remain among the highest in Australia. Further, rural communities continue to experience closure or decline of regional employment including resource industry workforce opportunities. There is limited supply of health professionals and ongoing difficulty in recruiting and retaining medical and allied health professionals. Social services remain scant and rural people often have to travel long distances to reach services.

The role of NERCW is to facilitate the building of resilient rural communities to manage recurrent rural stressors through locally targeted and supported interventions to create greater impact and sustainable solutions.
We provide creative solutions for rural community health and wellbeing that are co-designed and co-produced through collaborative research and programs with rural communities, government, not for profit and for profit organisations, local stakeholders and researchers. Our goal is to shape knowledge, policy, programs and practice for rural wellbeing. We partner researchers from Australian and international universities to reach our aims.

The National Enterprise for Rural Community Wellbeing comprises energetic and passionate people from agricultural industries, government departments and rural researchers. The NERCW identifies highly relevant issues currently impacting on the wellbeing of rural communities. We provide strategic direction for research and community projects and identify and activate pathways and networks to develop and fund these projects.

 

 

 

Liaisaninternationallyrecognisedruralstudiesscholar.Over25years,shehasfocusedon ruralcommunitywellbeinginSAandAustraliaworkingalongsideGovernmentDepartmentsandstakeholderstobuildresilient ruralcommunities.

 

RuralAustraliarecurrentlysuffersfromdroughtandotherenvironmentalimpactsalongsidecommoditydeclinewhichthreaten farmviability,closureofbusinessesinruraltownsandimpacton mentalhealthand wellbeing.Thesuiciderate for youngmenin ruralAustralia,Indigenouspeoplesand malefarmersremainamongthehighest inAustralia.Further,ruralcommunitiescontinuetoexperienceclosureordeclineofregionalemploymentincludingresourceindustryworkforceopportunities.Thereislimitedsupplyofhealthprofessionalsandongoingdifficultyinrecruitingandretainingmedicalandalliedhealthprofessionals.Socialservicesremainscantandruralpeopleoftenhavetotravellongdistancestoreach services.

 

TheNationalEnterpriseforRuralCommunityWellbeingcomprisesenergeticandpassionatepeoplefromagriculturalindustries,governmentdepartmentsandruralresearchers.TheNERCWidentifieshighlyrelevantissuescurrentlyimpacting onthewellbeingofruralcommunities.Weprovidestrategicdirectionforresearchandcommunityprojectsandidentifyandactivate pathwaysandnetworksto developand fund theseprojects.

 

Theroleof NERCWisto facilitatethebuilding ofresilient ruralcommunitiestomanagerecurrentruralstressorsthroughlocallytargetedandsupportedinterventionstocreategreaterimpactandsustainablesolutions.

Weprovidecreativesolutionsforruralcommunityhealthandwellbeingthatareco-designedandco-producedthroughcollaborativeresearchandprogramswithruralcommunities,government,notforprofitandforprofitorganisations,localstakeholdersandresearchers.Ourgoalistoshape knowledge,policy,programsandpractice for ruralwellbeing. WepartnerresearchersfromAustralianandinternationaluniversitiestoreachouraims.

 

 

·         Co-designingprojectswithcommunitiesandindustrypartnersto facilitatethebuildingofresilientcommunitiesthroughongoingidentificationofproblemsandsolutions.

·         Buildingknowledgeabout thediversityandcomplexityofchallengesfacedby ruralcommunitiesandwaystoshape resilienceusingouruniqueevidence-basedcommunitypracticemethodology.

·         DeliveringthefirstonlineAustralianportalforruralcommunitywellbeing.Theportalisalivingsiteforresources,co-designedtoolsandthesharing ofresearch,knowledgeandpractice.


 

 

CareintheCountry:SupportingolderparentalcaregiversforpeopleageingwithintellectualdisabilityinruralAustralia

IndustryPartners:NationalProject with SAasacase study withBaptcare,UnitingCommunities,CarersAustraliaandCarersSA.

 

Tailoringruralcommunity-basedsuicidepreventionformeninfarmingoccupations

IndustryPartners:NationalProjectwithAustralianMentalHealthCommission;QueenslandMentalHealthCommission;PHN,SA,SADepartmentofPrimaryIndustries andRegionsSA;VictorianDepartmentofAgriculture;NSWDepartmentofAgriculture;Superfriend,WorkplaceMentalHealth.

 

Designingforruralcommunitywellbeing

UniSAfinalyear design students and socialworkandsocialscience studentsbriefed byourindustrypartners todevelop communicationandvisualtoolstoincreasesocialconnectivityanddigitaltoolsforcompaniestoprovide servicestofarmersinneedandvisualtoolstocreateconversationsaboutwellbeing.

 

IndustryPartners:GippslandJersey;QualityWool;DepartmentofPrimaryIndustriesNSW

 

 

 

 

Weinviteyou to beacore strategic partnerwithNERCWfora3-yearperiodto add significantvaluetobuildresilientandsustainableruralcommunities.

Yourpartnershipwillenableyour organisationto berepresented on theNERCWboardwhereyou willbe able to direct our research and practice focus. Anin-kind and cashinvestment inNEWCRWwillhelpusbuild ourjointmissionforhealthyruralcommunities.

 

 

 

 

Toachieveacashcontribution of $300,000per yearfor3years(Jan 2019-22)throughcollectiveindustryandgovernmentpartnercontributions.

 

A/ProfessorLiaBryant,

SchoolofPsychology,SocialWorkandSocialPolicy,UniversityofSouthAustralia,

St. Bernard’s Road, Magill.S.A. 5072.

 

Lia.Bryant@unisa.edu.au

Ph:(08) 8302 4363; Mobile:0446 428 265

Learn more about our Research Group

Areas of study and research

+ Click to minimise