Rotary Mental Health Hat Day – guest speaker Dr David Arthur on ‘Integrative Mental Health Care in Rural Communities’

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Date(s) - 27/10/2022
6:00 pm - 8:15 pm

Narooma Golf Club


Dr David Arthur has worked in health care in Australia, Asia, the Middle East and the UK for over 45 years as a nurse, a counsellor, a researcher in mental health, and a health educator. He has published widely in areas related to post-natal depression and anxiety, schizophrenia and family management, as well as mindfulness stress management and meditation.

Returning to Australia just as the bushfires hit prompted him to join Bega Health and Eurobodalla Health as a mental health clinician and drug and alcohol counsellor in hospitals and the community. Through this experience and on through COVID he became familiar with the stark differences in mental health care between urban and rural Australia. Concerned with the paucity of mental health care yet buoyed by a vision of community centred multi-disciplinary low cost care, David will discuss some of his experiences in Asia and propose ideas which can benefit mental health in rural communities.