RFDS gets serious about mental health
THE Royal Flying Doctor Service is a necessity when living in the Queensland Outback, with the lifesaving medical facilities always on call to help when there is a medical emergency.
At the Southern District QCWA conference last week, members listened to a keynote address given by Jackie Stewart, from the RFDS Wellbeing Programme.
“The Breaking Down Barriers theme provides the perfect background for a talk in mental health,” Mrs Stewart said.
“One in six remote Australians experience a mental disorder, which is the same for city people yet suicide and self harm in remote Australians is twice as likely.”
Mrs Stewart also said of all the RDFS recoveries in the last 12 months, 2567 were for mental health emergencies.
“20-30 years ago cancer was spoken about in the hushed tones mental health is currently talked about, but I hope in less than that time we begin to talk about mental health in the same way we now talk about cancer.,” she said.
RDFS WELLBEING: QCWA ladies listened to a talk by Jackie Stewart (second left) on Thursday.