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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

Narooma Rotarians ‘Lift the Lid on Mental Illness’

Grab your most eye-catching or zaniest hat and join Narooma Rotarians and friends to ‘Lift the Lid on Mental Illness’ next Thursday night (27 October) at Narooma Golf Club.

Guest speaker Dr David Arthur of Bermagui will talk about ‘Integrative Mental Health Care in Rural Communities’ drawing on his extensive experience here and overseas and insights he gained from his studies and practice in Chinese Medicine as an acupuncturist.

Since the bushfires, he has worked with Bega Health and Eurobodalla Health as a mental health clinician and drug and alcohol counsellor in hospitals and the community.

“Through this experience and on through COVID, I’ve become familiar with the stark differences in mental health care between urban and rural Australia,” Dr Arthur said.

“I’m concerned with the paucity of mental health care in the region yet am buoyed by a vision of community-centred multi-disciplinary low cost care.

“On Thursday, I’ll be discussing some of my experiences in Asia and proposing ideas which could benefit mental health in rural communities such as ours.”

‘Lift the Lid on Mental Illness’ is Australian Rotary Health’s national annual fundraiser for mental health research. An estimated 1-in-5 Australians experience a mental illness each year.

Dr Arthur’s talk at Narooma Rotary’s ‘Lift the Lid’ dinner is on Thursday 27 October, 6 for 6.30 at Narooma Golf Club. Hats are encouraged but not essential; prizes given.

Please book through so numbers are known. Cost $27 (includes dinner).

Above: At Narooma Rotary on Thursday, local health practitioner Dr David Arthur will propose ideas that could benefit mental health in our region.

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