Community Wellbeing Collaboratives Research

The Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health (CRRMH) was supported by the Mental Health Commission of New South Wales to conduct a review of community wellbeing initiatives and produce a guide which could then be tailored to specific localities. 

Read Review: A collaborative approach to community wellbeing here.

Read A Guide to Collaborative Action for Community Wellbeing: Summary of evidence here.

View the Community Wellbeing Collaboratives Model here.

Community Wellbeing Collaborative Projects

The CRRMH has been developing community wellbeing collaborative projects that build mental health, wellbeing and resilience in rural communities including:

Our Healthy Clarence
Our Healthy Clarence is a unique model that brings community and organisations together in a constructive and sustainable way to improve the mental health and overall wellbeing of the Clarence Valley community. It was established in 2016 to address a higher than state average rate of suicide in the Grafton/Yamba/Maclean region since early 2015.

Muswellbrook Healthy and Well 
Muswellbrook Healthy and Well is an initiative of the Muswellbrook CREATE Change Coalition, a partnership between local health, social and community services, Muswellbrook Shire Council, government, and the University of Newcastle. Their aim is to support existing local services and activities, work together with people living and working in Muswellbrook, and look for new ways to promote healthy living and positive wellbeing in the community.


Lithgow Mayor’s Mental Health Taskforce
The Mayor’s Mental Health Taskforce was formed by Lithgow City Council in partnership with other agencies following a Mental Health Summit in 2016. The Taskforce aims to bring together the expertise and experience of people in the mental health sphere, with the backing of Council, to develop practical and effective initiatives, both short and long term and to ensure the people of Lithgow get the services they need.

Visit for more information.

Additional resources

Act Belong Commit 
A unique, evidence-based mental health promotion program applicable to the whole community. It was created in Western Australia and has now been expanded to other states and globally. Visit their website to learn more:

Community Toolbox 
A free, online resource for those working to build healthier communities and bring about social change. It offers thousands of pages of tips and tools for taking action in communities. Visit their website to learn more:

Collaboration Primer
A hands-on resource for organisations seeking concrete methods to create sustainable partnerships. Visit their website to learn more: