Alison Fairleigh - Round 1, 2016 Champion

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Alison Fairleigh

Using digital media to overcome isolation and inequality

Alison Fairleigh is well-known for her efforts to raise the profile of mental health issues, particularly in rural and remote Queensland. She believes in the power of digital technology to connect people, especially those ‘doing it tough’, helping them to share their stories and get the support they need.

She started using social media in 2010 – in particular blogging – to start a national conversation about rural mental health and suicide prevention in farming communities. This was as a result of experiencing the death by suicide of three men in three weeks in a small rural community near Ayr where she was living.

In 2013, Alison was chosen as the Queensland Rural Woman of the Year and she has been an Australia Day Ambassador since 2015. Recently she was elected to the State Council of the Queensland Alliance for Mental Health – the peak body for the community mental health sector in Queensland – as Area Manager Mental Illness Fellowship NQ Inc. (MIFNQ), which is based in Townsville.

Alison says that social justice is central to everything she does; it’s this desire for justice which drives her advocacy for equity in service provision for people in rural and remote Australia.

Alison conducts regular social media workshops to equip people in farming communities to connect and tell their stories digitally. She provides training in:

  • Blogging

  • Instagram

  • Twitter

  • Facebook

As a digital champion, Alison will continue to empower rural Queenslanders through delivering social media workshops in regional areas (Flinders, Charters Towers, Hinchinbrook and Mareeba shires) as part of MIFNQ’s Drought Assistance Programs.

Alison is passionate about increasing the digital literacy of people in remote locations, so they can access online mental health resources and support.

Alison is nominated by: Mental Illness Fellowship NQ Inc (MIFNQ)


Alison Fairleigh

Using digital media to overcome isolation and inequality

Alison Fairleigh is well-known for her efforts to raise the profile of mental health issues, particularly in rural and remote Queensland. She believes in the power of digital technology to connect people, especially those ‘doing it tough’, helping them to share their stories and get the support they need.

She started using social media in 2010 – in particular blogging – to start a national conversation about rural mental health and suicide prevention in farming communities. This was as a result of experiencing the death by suicide of three men in three weeks in a small rural community near Ayr where she was living.

In 2013, Alison was chosen as the Queensland Rural Woman of the Year and she has been an Australia Day Ambassador since 2015. Recently she was elected to the State Council of the Queensland Alliance for Mental Health – the peak body for the community mental health sector in Queensland – as Area Manager Mental Illness Fellowship NQ Inc. (MIFNQ), which is based in Townsville.

Alison says that social justice is central to everything she does; it’s this desire for justice which drives her advocacy for equity in service provision for people in rural and remote Australia.

Alison conducts regular social media workshops to equip people in farming communities to connect and tell their stories digitally. She provides training in:

  • Blogging

  • Instagram

  • Twitter

  • Facebook

As a digital champion, Alison will continue to empower rural Queenslanders through delivering social media workshops in regional areas (Flinders, Charters Towers, Hinchinbrook and Mareeba shires) as part of MIFNQ’s Drought Assistance Programs.

Alison is passionate about increasing the digital literacy of people in remote locations, so they can access online mental health resources and support.

Alison is nominated by: Mental Illness Fellowship NQ Inc (MIFNQ)