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Personal profile

Research interests

  • Rural models of health service delivery
  • Primary mental health care

Personal profile

Dr Russell Roberts is a Professor at CSU in Management. He lives in Orange, NSW and is Director of Kumano Consulting Pty Ltd. He is the Chair of the National Alliance for Rural and Remote Mental Health. He has served as Director of Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol Services for Western NSW, encompassing an area of over 550,000 square kms with over 1000 staff.

Dr Roberts has also served on the NSW Mental Health Commission Advisory Council, as Director of Clinical Training at Griffith University, QLD, Head of School Health at Flinders University and as a Clinical Psychologist in rural South Australia. He has a Masters in Public Administration, a PhD in research and a Masters of Clinical Psychology.   His current research interests are in rural models of health service delivery and primary mental health care.

Over the last 5 years he has led the commissioning of a $43 million mental health capital development program including the workforce planning, recruitment and training of over 200 health staff in rural NSW. He has also lead the development of a number of innovative, award winning service delivery initiatives such as the Mental Health Emergency Care Rural Access Program, the Mental Health Rural Outreach Service, Murdi Paaki Drug and Alcohol Project and the Aboriginal Workforce Development Program.

Education/Academic qualification

The University of Sydney

20062009

Griffith University

19972002

Flinders University

19761982

External positions

Editor In Chief

Jan 2017 → …

Associate Professor

May 2012 → …

Director, Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol

Apr 2003Feb 2014

Clinical Director, School of Psychology

Jul 1994Jan 2003

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Research Output

  • 5 Article
  • 2 Conference contribution
  • 1 Abstract
  • 1 Editorial

COVID-19, leadership and lessons from physics

Roberts, R., 26 Jun 2020, In : Australian journal of rural health. 28, 3, p. 232-235 4 p.

Charles Sturt University

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialResearchpeer-review

Is rural mental health workforce a policy imperative?

Roberts, R. & Maylea, C., 9 Sep 2019, In : Australian journal of rural health. 27, 5, p. 454-458 5 p.

Charles Sturt University

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

  • Older people’s mental health in rural areas: Converting policy into service development, service access and a sustainable workforce

    Jackson, K., Roberts, R. & MacKay, R., 2019, In : Australian journal of rural health. 27, p. 358-365 8 p.

    Charles Sturt University

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

  • SSCOT: A sustainable program to provide strengths based assessment, and implement coordinated wellness recovery action plans

    Roberts, R., McCauley, R., Thomas, M., Rathbone, R., Brennan, M. & Burmeister, O., 2019. 1 p.

    Charles Sturt University

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractResearchpeer-review

  • The role of social workers in improving the physical health of people who use mental health services

    Maylea, C., Roberts, R. & Craik, C., 2019, In : Australian Social Work. p. 1-9 9 p.

    Charles Sturt University

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review