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August 30, 2017

Looking on the bright side: Mental health Fulbright scholar, blogger speaking at K-State on Sept. 20

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Timothy Carey, a Fulbright scholar from Australia.

A Fulbright scholar working to boost the mental health of Australian indigenous cultures, who face many of the same health challenges as rural Kansans, will visit Kansas State University Sept. 17-21 as part of the Oz to Oz program.

Timothy Carey, professor and director of the Centre for Remote Health in central Australia, will present the seminar "Defining Health — Issues and Solutions" from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, in Room 227 of the K-State Student Union. His seminar will express his research, which aims to help rural Australian people by educating professionals about mental health and self-care.

Also during his visit, Carey will meet with faculty, administrators and students in K-State's health interdisciplinary program.

"K-Staters and area residents who interact with Dr. Carey will learn important information about how Australia is facing the same rural health concerns, disparities and inequities we are facing in Kansas," said Ellyn Mulcahy, director of the Master of Public Health Program. "There will be interesting lessons we can learn by drawing parallels between Australia's central territory and the U.S.'s rural Midwest."

Carey has authored or co-authored more than 60 research papers in peer-reviewed journals. He earned a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Queensland, a master's degree in statistics from the University of St. Andrews in the United Kingdom and a postgraduate certificate in biostatistics from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.

In addition to teaching at the Centre for Remote Health, which is a joint centre of Flinders University and Charles Darwin University, Carey serves on a steering committee for a well-being program of the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress and is a regular blogger for Psychology Today's "Mad in America: History, Science, and the Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders."

The Oz to Oz program establishes working relationships between researchers from K-State and Australia. The program sends faculty from K-State to Australia and hosts Australian Fulbright scholars at K-State. Visiting faculty present their research through seminar presentations and connect with host faculty members.

The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program provides faculty and professionals from around the world grants to conduct research and lecture in the United States. The prestigious Fulbright program is the largest educational scholarship of its kind and was created by U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright and the U.S. government in 1946. With the goal of promoting mutual understanding through educational exchange, the program operates between the U.S. and 155 countries.