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A new call for funding has been made to support much needed rural and regional mental health services.

Rural and regional mental health is at risk with the threatened closure of the Rural and Remote Area Psychologist’s Program (RRAPP). The Hon Richard Torbay MP spoke yesterday in state parliament of the urgent need to find funds to sustain the RRAPP.

The Mental Health Association of NSW (MHA NSW) has today released a letter in support of the RRAPP and Torbay’s call for funds. The RRAPP was a recipient of a MHA NSW 2012 Mental Health Matters award for Excellence in Service or Program Delivery.

“The RRAPP stood as an excellent example of how to deliver a much needed service to rural and regional areas,” says Elizabeth Priestley, CEO of MHA NSW.

“It is our hope that this renewed call for funding will enable the program to continue supporting our much needed rural and regional psychologists.”

The RRAPP is currently functioning with less than five thousand in remaining funds, yet the program has proved extremely versatile and continues to operate admirably on a shoestring budget.

We have set up peer supervision pods amongst the participants using a free online video portal via a partnership with [the University of Wollongong],” Graham Parry said today when speaking with MHA NSW.

Elizabeth Priestley spoke in the letter of the strong need for mental health services and support in rural and regional NSW, and the difficulty in recruiting and retaining much needed mental health professionals in these areas.

Read the MHA NSW’s letter of support.

For more information or comment please contact Elizabeth Priestley, CEO of MHA NSW on (02) 9339 6000 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Meg Smith, Board President of MHA NSW, on 0431 072 943 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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