AUSTRALIAN RURAL LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
Course 24 Initiative – Talk with us, Walk with us.
It is well documented that rural Australians suffer from worse health outcomes than their urban counterparts. To help foster the resilience and longevity of these communities, our group seeks to improve the human connectivity that drives these places.
‘Walk with us, talk with us’ is an initiative from Course 24 of the Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP). Our group of 10 participants from a cohort of 33, are from all over Australia, from far north Queensland to Gippsland in Victoria and Geraldton in the West, and everywhere in between. We decided to run a social media campaign highlighting mental wellness and community connectivity. We are seeking to create a simple message and social movement, based around taking the time to have a talk. The National Centre for Farmer Health are supporting the social media campaign.
We have asked rural leaders and community members from all over rural, regional and remote Australia to tell us their stories and help deliver the message. Through these short messages we ask all who live and work in rural, regional and remote Australia to take 10 minutes out of their day to check on someone they haven’t seen in a while, whether it be a family member, a friend or someone down the road. That one interaction could make all the difference to that person. We see this campaign as a positive step to re-connect people. The catch up has no agenda other than talking.
If you’re worried about yourself or someone and feel urgent professional support is needed, please contact your local doctor or seek support from the contacts found on the National Centre for Farmer Health Support Page HERE.
ARLP C24 contacts for videos and media:
Trish McKenzie, Cunnamulla Qld – firstname.lastname@example.org or
Freda Nicholls, Gundagai NSW – email@example.com
#walkwithustalkwithus #ruokday #10minutes #ruralleaders #youcantalk #arlpc24
This initiative has been created by course participants of the Australian Rural Leadership Program and is not the responsibility of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation (ARLF). Any opinions expressed in this material do not necessarily represent the views of the ARLF. The ARLF accepts no liability whatsoever arising from the initiative.