How Do Australia’s Rural and Remote Mental Health Services Stack Up?

The 2018 Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium will this year be held over 15-17 October at the Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart, Tasmania.

Joining us at the conference is Mrs Lucy Brogden, Chair at the National Mental Health Commission who will present on ‘How Do Australia’s Rural and Remote Mental Health Services Stack Up?’

Mrs Lucinda Brogden


Australians living in rural and remote areas are impacted by mental ill health at a similar rate as people living in major cities. But people in rural and remote areas face greater challenges, including access to the services and supports they need.

What impact does the gap in mental health services have on Australians? What other barriers do people living in rural and remote areas face when it comes to receiving care? And how can mental health outcomes in rural and remote communities be improved?


Lucy has a strong commitment to helping others. Her primary areas of focus are issues facing Women and Girls and Mental Health and Wellbeing particularly in the workplace. She takes an evidenced based approach to problem solving and social investment. Lucy has more than 25 years’ experience commercial experience with companies including Macquarie Group and Ernst & Young working in accounting, finance and organisational psychology.

Specifically, Lucy has worked in trusted advisory roles with some of Australia’s leading CEO’s, Managing Partners, Ministers and Chairs. In 2015, Lucy was named as one of the 100 Women of Influence in Australia. Chair & Commissioner, National Mental Health Commission Chair, Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance Chair, Australian Advisory Group for Suicide Prevention Patron, Partners in Depression Patron, Lifeline Northern Beaches Friend, Carers NSW Silver Medallion, Surf Lifesaving – Patrol at Bilgola Beach Founder & Patron, Sydney Women’s Fund

For more information on the upcoming 2018 Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium please visit