MNHS Alumna Dr Skye Kinder features in The Age

Dr Skye Kinder (Monash Biomedical Science (Honours) graduate) - psychiatry registrar at St Vincent's Hospital, Vice President of the Rural Doctors Association of Victoria and Victoria's Young Australian of the Year in 2019 - has highlighted the tyranny of distance for young people and their families living in rural and regional areas when it comes to accessing mental health services.

In an opinion piece, for The Age on 31st January 2021, authored with Mathew Coleman, she writes: 'The availability of child and adolescent inpatient services and specialist eating disorder services outside metropolitan Melbourne is scarce – and in many regions in Victoria it is non-existent. To access sometimes life-saving mental health care, young rural and regional people are frequently expected to travel long distances from their homes and support networks... all too often our young rural and regional kids simply don’t get the help that they need.'

'It is critical that we improve access to mental health services for young people in rural and regional Victoria. The 1 in 4 Victorians who live outside Melbourne deserve equity of access to mental health care – and equity in health economic investment.'