Mobile docs to avert mental health crisis

With 80% of the state now officially in drought, graziers are selling up, small towns are shrinking, conventional health services are sparse, and local people are stretched to breaking point.

“It’s the long-term ongoing stress that affects people in a rural environment after years of drought, then floods, now back to drought again,” said Chris Franck, clinical director of the Central Queensland Medicare Local (CQML).

“Now, with the real dry season coming up, I predict we