Claire Gander

 Claire Gander

BClinSci, MPH

After graduating from Charles Sturt University with a Bachelor of Clinical Science, Claire went on to complete a Master of Public Health with the University of Newcastle.

Claire developed a keen interest in rural mental health while working as a research assistant. She has spent the past nine years working in rural mental health and suicide prevention project management and program implementation.

Claire’s awareness of the rural mental health service environment and its challenges led to her passion for developing a rural health workforce that understands and embraces mental health and can work effectively across a variety of health and community-based settings.

In her role of Rural Mental Health Academic Advisor, Claire is working to increase knowledge, understanding and experience in rural mental health across various disciplines.

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Claire has a passion for rural mental health education and awareness-raising. In previous roles, she led the development and delivery of mental health training packages for workplaces and community settings on a state-wide and national scale.

Claire’s experiences include co-designing, developing and delivering mental health information and training to a range of rural workforces, including health professionals.

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Claire’s interests include mental health service and project research and evaluation, ensuring findings are translated and transferred into improvements in project and service delivery, models of care and rural mental health policy.

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