We would like to acknowledge all people of lived experience of suicide, families, carers and loved ones.
It is because of you that we meet today and together do our work, diligently and to the best of our abilities, transforming and improving the systems of support available for all of us, I especially wish to acknowledge those people who are unable to speak and be heard.
At RAW we enable our communities to tackle life stressors, stigma and isolation through innovative awareness, access and practical interventions.
We are passionate about delivering genuine and authentic, early-intervention suicide prevention for rural and remote communities.
RAW is a ‘non-clinical’ service providing genuine and non-intrusive one-on-one support using a person-centred shared goals approach. The service is confidential with no fees for participants with thanks to our generous supporters and donors.
RAW adopts a culturally sensitive, strengths-based, and collaborative approach to delivering services. Our team come from a range of backgrounds and receive training and ongoing support to provide evidence-informed care to people.
Rural Alive & Well is a registered charity, with donations over $2.00 being tax deductible.
All fundraising, sponsorship and donations received go directly towards funding RAW's support programs to ensure thriving rural communities for generations to come.
Barb brings a wealth of knowledge to our organisation as Chief Executive Officer through her passion for rural spaces and mental health.
Kristy is our Country Outreach manager. Kristy has worked in the Aged Care and disability industries and is trained in Mental Health First Aid, CORES.
Dave brings extensive experience in the primary industries sector, management/leadership and stakeholder relationship expertise to this position.
RAW’s journey began in 2006 when Founding Ambassador, John Jones OAM, convened several community forums in Oatlands, exploring the issue of suicide. He was concerned about the health and well-being of rural communities who were recovering from severe droughts, and the lack of early intervention and mental health support for rural people was having a detrimental effect.
In 2007, a Committee was formed to help farmers and rural community members who impacted by drought. The committee consisted of community representatives including the TFGA, Southern Midlands and Central Highlands Councils, Department of Health, Department of Primary Industries & Water, Salvation Army, local church groups, the 8x5 Wool Program, and other interested parties. The group continued to explore the issues around suicide, and educate the broader community on suicide prevention.
In 2009, Rural Alive & Well Inc. was officially incorporated, and soon after became a not-for-profit organisation and registered charity
Since founding the Mobart Mo Bros following the death of his father by suicide, Tom has advocated for mental health issues facing his community for almost 20 years.
Lucy grew up on a farm in North East Tasmania and now resides in a small rural community just outside of Launceston. She is an experienced director with over 10 years board experience and is a community and health professional and a leader in her field.
Hayden is a passionate Tasmanian with extensive experience in corporate strategy, finance and governance across the agricultural and utilities sectors.
Andrew has worked as an accountant in public practice since 1979, always specialising in the affairs of farmers, after growing up on the family property at Dunalley in Tasmania.
Andrew is a Wool and Livestock Specialist with Wool Solutions P/L; (a Tasmanian Wool Brokerage Company owned by two of his Sons – Alistair & Rob). His involvement in the Merino and Wool Industry spans nearly 50 years.
As AMA Tasmania’s current president and local GP, John is a passionate advocate for the health of individuals living in rural communities.