Since the 2019 North Queensland flood event Coordinator-General for Drought and Flood, the Hon Shane Stone AC QC and Agency staff have been working with affected communities to develop a strategy for their longer-term recovery.
They told us that the way their neighbours, friends, businesses, council and local services just got on with doing whatever needed to be done, made a huge difference in the aftermath of the event.
This community connectedness continues to be an important part of both the region’s recovery and to help people feel better able to deal with future challenges. We were told that reducing the stigma about mental illness and encouraging folks to seek assistance is vital.
That’s why “Fostering Connected and Cohesive Communities” is one of the strategy’s 5 priorities.
The Royal Flying Doctors Service (RFDS), with funding from the Australian and Queensland Governments, is helping people to confidently start a conversation about mental health with family, friends and colleagues, and encourage those who aren’t doing so well to speak to their GP.
The program’s running in Cloncurry, McKinlay, Richmond, Flinders, Winton, Burke and Carpentaria Shires, and as Dr Tim Driscoll from RFDS tells us, it’s making a big difference!
Find out more about “Small Talk, Big Difference”: www.smalltalkbigdifference.com.au
Find out more about North Queensland’s long-term recovery strategy: www.droughtandflood.gov.au/flood-recovery