S1:E20 | Barbara Kuriger, MP: Rural Mental Health (a New Zealand Perspective)

 S1:E20 | Barbara Kuriger, MP: Rural Mental Health (a New Zealand Perspective)

Rural mental health in Australia has progressed in leaps and bounds – but how does that compare on a global scale?

As the Member of Parliament for the large rural electorate of New Zealand’s Taranaki King Country, Barbara has a long career in the New Zealand Dairy Industry as a farmer and is a Board Member on a number of industry boards, including DairyNZ.

In 2012, Barbara was awarded the inaugural Dairy Women of the Year. Her reason for being in Parliament is to represent rural communities and ensure the needs of primary producers and their support industries.

This week, Barbara joins us to talk about the state of rural mental health in New Zealand, and how we can use lessons from other countries in improving our available support services.