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‘People are walking around with really high levels of distress’: Australia’s regional mental health plight – The Guardian

If it’s a problem in the city, it’s worse in the country. We look at one town as an example of the obstacles faced by people looking for adequate mental health…

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Dr Katherine Graham has been a GP in Horsham for 12 years now. Its a market town in the Wimmera region, about halfway between Melbourne and Adelaide; one of those larger-sized rural towns where people within a two-hour radius come to do the big shop. Its surrounded by agriculture: cropping, sheep, cattle.
There are about 20,000 people in Horsham, but tens of thousands more from surrounding areas use the town as a hub for their health care. For those people Horsham does not offer much if their mental…

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