In 2017 the Commission will support rural and remote communities to establish “community wellbeing collaboratives” – whole-of-community groups with demonstrated capacity and willingness to conduct wellbeing and/or suicide prevention activities for the broad community, or sections of the community in rural or remote NSW, such as isolated farmers, high school students, Aboriginal communities, and LGBTI communities. An essential element of any collaborative is local Council involvement.
Examples of community wellbeing collaboratives that have successfully brought together key stakeholders to work collaboratively already exist in:
- Orange (Act-Belong-Commit Steering Group, chaired by the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health)
- Muswellbrook (a Collective Impact approach in Muswellbrook to demonstrate its utility in a community facing structural economic change and extend the evidence base and learning for the approach)
- Clarence Valley (Our Healthy Clarence multiagency collaboration, chaired by the North Coast PHN)
Living Well Actions 2.1 and 3.1