RAW History and Awards


Rural Alive & Well Inc was first established in 2009, to raise awareness of rural Tasmanian people’s health and well-being. 

RAW’s journey began in 2006 when Founding Ambassador John Jones OAM convened several community forums in Oatlands exploring the issue of suicide prevention.  He was concerned about the health and well-being of rural communities recovering from severe droughts, and the lack of early intervention and mental health support for rural people. 

In 2007 a committee was formed to help farmers struggling from the drought. The committee consisted of community representatives including the TFGA, Southern Midland and Central Highlands Councils, public health, church groups, 8X5 wool program, Department of Primary Industries & Water, Salvation Army and other interested community persons.    

The committee was successful in gaining a funding grant in 2008 and the Southern Midlands Council auspiced the project.     

In April 2009 RAW became an incorporated body and in July 2009 commenced operating as a registered charity.     

At this time the organisation had two outreach workers and was based in Melton Mowbray.   

In 2014 RAW moved to Oatlands and now employs eleven Outreach Workers, who service the whole of rural Tasmania.     



Finalist - Betta Milk 'Make It Betta' Health Achievement Award, Tasmanian Community Achievement Award

Finalist - Communities in Action for Suicide Prevention, Tasmanian LIFE Award 


Semi-Finalist - Innovation in Mental, Social and Emotional Wellbeing Award, Tasmanian Community Achievement Award


Finalist - Betta Milk 'Make It Betta' Health Achievement Award, Tasmanian Community Achievement Awards


Winner (Wendy French) Outstanding Contribution by an Individual, Tasmanian LIFE Awards

Award - Tasmanian Agricultural Productivity Group, For Service to the Agricultural Community in recognition RAW Tasmania's proactive and tireless support of both individuals and families involved in agriculture during their time of need.

Rotary International Community Service Award, For recognition of outstanding service and contribution to Tasmanian Rural Communities


Winner of the Community Group of the Year Award, Community Achievement Awards


Certificate of Excellence, Sustainable Communities Award


Rural Health Group Award, Tasmanian Rural Health Week

Certificate of Appreciation, Australian Government


Winner (John Jones OAM) of the Rural Health Community Award

Certificate of Commendation, Red Herring Surf Social Inclusion Award

Certificate of Appreciation, Keep Australia Beautiful


Winner of the Tasmanian LIFE Award, AAMI Healthy Communities Award