Using Psychological Formulation in Inpatient Mental Health Settings – Helping People Make Sense of Their Problems

Inpatient mental health settings are traditionally guided by the medical model, with treatment focusing primarily on psychiatric diagnosis and pharmacological interventions. A drawback of this approach is that people may feel labelled and not fully understood as individuals. To address this, the author advocates greater use of psychological formulation on inpatient mental health units. A psychological formulation may include: Present Problems – Focusing on individual symptoms that are problematic for …

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One Man’s Story of Suffering From Male Postnatal Depression

From the moment Mark found out his wife was pregnant, he longed to cradle his newborn child in his arms. But, when a midwife gently handed over his baby boy, Ethan, in the operating room, Mark was surprised to feel absolutely nothing. ‘It was like a stranger had come into my life,’ the former salesman from Bridgend, Wales tells ELLE UK. ‘I didn’t get that overwhelming feeling of love for my …

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Telehealth Initiative to Improve Rural Access

Regional Health Minister Dr David Gillespie has welcomed a telehealth initiative commencing which allows improved access to psychological services, for regional Australians. He says a major barrier to rural residents accessing vital mental health treatment will be removed by a new Medicare rebate being introduced for online videoconferencing mental health consultations, with psychologists, social workers and occupational therapists. The Coalition government initiative will cost $9.1 million over four years from 2017–18 …

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Emeritus Professor Paul Worley Named Australia’s First National Rural Health Commissioner

The development of pathways for rural doctors is the top priority for Australia’s first National Rural Health Commissioner. Federal Assistant Health Minister Dr David Gillespie announced Emeritus Professor Paul Worley’s appointment as National Rural Health Commissioner at the Rural Medicine Australia Conference on October 21. Professor Worley’s first priority will be to develop National Rural Generalist Pathways to provide training, recognition and appropriate remuneration for the complex demands on doctors working outside major cities. …

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Professional Indemnity Insurance for Members of the Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association

What is Professional Indemnity insurance? Professional Indemnity insurance safeguards your business by providing cover against such claims, including legal defence costs. So you can confidently go about your work, knowing that if the worst happens, you’ll be supported. Why choose Aon? With Aon’s policy, you can protect yourself against claims of misconduct and patient injury and be confident that they negotiate strongly with leading insurers on your behalf. Aon offers …

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One Stop Shop for Mental Health Services Moves Australia’s Mental Health Care Online

People suffering mental problems will from today be able to get help from a one stop mental health service combining help from 26 mental health providers including Headspace, Beyond Blue and Mind Frame. Health Minister Greg Hunt will launch the comprehensive Head to Health website that includes access to free or low-cost apps, online support communities, online courses and phone services. One in five Australians experience a mental health problems every year …

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Livewire, Starlight’s Adolescent Program Trialled at Royal Children’s Hospital

Since 1988, the Starlight Children’s Foundation (Starlight) has been delivering programs in partnership with health professionals to support children, young people and their families who are living with a serious illness or health condition. Starlight is the broadest reaching children’s charity in Australia, supporting children and teenagers with all types of serious illness, including mental health conditions. Young people represent over 20% of admissions at some paediatric hospitals and typically …

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Compulsory Mental Health Treatment: Know Your Rights, Have Your Say

In Victoria, 10,000 people a year are placed on compulsory mental health treatment orders.  For many, this can feel like their self-determination is lost and their voice is not heard.   In August 2015, Independent Mental Health Advocacy, (IMHA) was established to provide a free independent advocacy and information service to people receiving compulsory mental health treatment in Victoria. IMHA was designed to assist people to retain a degree of choice …

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Retention of Early Career Health Professionals Working in Rural and Remote Australia

The reality gap: A grounded theory whole-of-life explanation of turnover intention of early career rural-based community mental health professionals. This study focused on retention of early career (0-5 years after graduating) health professionals working in rural and remote Australia. Some of Australia’s most severe and protracted workforce shortages are in public sector mental health and, within this sector, community mental health (CMH) services experience critical staffing shortages and high staff …

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Claire Lynch: The Far West Mental Health Recovery Centre

A collaborative mental health workforce development experience in remote NSW… the continuing story. The Far West Mental Health Recovery Centre is a residential sub-acute mental health facility in Broken Hill operated as a partnership between the Far West Local Health District and Neami National, a specialist mental health non-government organisation. The service has been operating since March 2013 and has greatly enhanced the range of mental health services available to …

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