Tom Brideson on Aboriginal Mental Health

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Tom Brideson will discuss Aboriginal Mental Health

Tom Brideson will discuss Aboriginal Mental Health

Aboriginal Mental Health: We are pleased to announce Tom Brideson, State-wide Coordinator, NSW Aboriginal Mental Health Workforce Program, NSW Health as a Keynote Speaker at The 17th International Mental Health Conference, Gold Coast, to be held 11 -12 August 2016.

Tom Brideson will be presenting on ‘The Secret Reflection is Vague in the Mirror’. His presentation will address Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and social and emotional wellbeing which remains one of the biggest challenges within and beyond the mental health system. The issues and evidence are well documented and have been stated again and again over many years. Tom will explore some of the current challenges and provide a brief overview of developments over recent years in this space.

In 2013-2014 all Australian Mental Health Commission’s supported the formation of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership in Mental Health (NATSILMH).

NATSILMH’s work includes the development of the Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Declaration (2015) which aims to ensure such leadership is embedded and supported in the Australian mental health system. www.natsilmh.org.au

Tom Brideson – Aboriginal Mental Health

Tom Brideson is a Kamilaroi/Gomeroi man from north-west NSW. Tom is passionate about improving health outcomes and mental health career opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and has been actively involved in these areas over the past 2.5 decades. Over this time he has been active in mental health and health policy; social and emotional wellbeing (SEWB); clinical mental health care; suicide prevention; education and mental health leadership.

Since 2007, Tom has been the State-wide Coordinator for the NSW Aboriginal Mental Health Workforce Program. He has published articles regarding the Aboriginal mental health workforce and advocates for the broad emerging professional workforces to ensure meaningful career pathways across all health and human services.

Tom sits on a range of mental health and leadership committees and a range of projects to improve the health and mental health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Some of these include

  • Board, Indigenous Allied Health Australia
  • SEWB Clinical Council, Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council
  • National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership in Mental Health
  • NSW Mental Health Commission Community Advisory Council
  • National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Advisory Group 2012 – 2015

The 17th International Mental Health Conference; Guiding the Change will be held at the brand new Sea World Resort Conference Centre on the Gold Coast, from the 11 -12 August 2016. To register your attendance at the conference CLICK HERE.

Mental Health Professionals to take part in a study

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Mental Health: Study on Mental Health Professionals

Study on Mental Health Professionals

Mental health professionals are invited to take part in an exciting study that explores the mental health of mental health professionals.

The study will be under the supervision of Primary researcher Dr Louise Metcalf  and carried out by Reinette de Wet. The study will take place at The Australian College of Applied Psychology.

Working professionals are invited to participate in the online experiment that examines the impact of online mindfulness. It looks at activities on burnout, resilience and stress in mental health professionals. This study offers the potential to lower stress and burnout, and increase resilience levels.

Participants will be asked a series of questions in relation to burnout, resilience and stress, along with some demographic questions. They will then be asked to participate in online mindfulness practices for approximately 5 minutes per day for 10 days. These practices will take place online Monday through Friday over the course of two weeks. There will be a follow up survey after the last mindfulness exercise.

Mental Health Professionals – Take part in the Study

Take part CLICK HERE to enter the survey site.

If you would like further information regarding this survey or the study, contact the primary researcher, Dr Louise Metcalf at Louise.Metcalf@acap.edu.au

Research will be completed by Reinette de Wet towards the completion of the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours). This research has received full approval from the Human Research Ethics Committee, the approval number is 316070616.

The 17th International Mental Health Conference; Guiding the Change will be held 11 -12 August 2016. The venue is the brand new Sea World Resort Conference Centre on the Gold Coast. To register your attendance CLICK HERE.

This conference brings together leading clinical practitioners, academics, service providers and mental health experts. Discussed will be the Mental Health issues confronting Australia and New Zealand.

The conference program is designed to challenge, inspire, demonstrate and encourage participants whilst facilitating discussion. To view the exciting Program CLICK HERE.

Mental health online program is developed

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Mental health online

A growing demand for Mental Health Online

A world-first ‘mental health online’ program is hoping to give farmers help them deal with uncertainty and unexpected developments as reported by ABC.

Lead researcher Kate Fennell said mental health online will help farmers who live with a mental illness and also help prevent mental health issues.

“It is different from anything else because it helps farmers learn how to deal with things beyond their control. They will also learn how to access help if they need professional face-to-face mental health support,” she said.

“What we want this to be is a resource that people can go to before they become really distressed, and learn some coping skills so they do not go on developing mental health issues that are in the clinical range.”

The program is being developed by researchers at the University of South Australia and is in collaboration with the University of Adelaide, the National Centre for Farmer Health and the Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health.

Dr Fennell said farmers would be able to log on and do a quiz to work out if they needed to access professional help or if they could do the self-help program.

“We are envisioning that they will be able to progress through a series of about six modules, which will include videos and interactive exercises, as well as a discussion forum where they can talk to other farmers anonymously,” she said.

“We will be looking to measure their mental health at the beginning and then their mental health at the end, and see whether we have been able to increase their ability to particularly accept things that are out of their control.” To read more click here.

The 17th International Mental Health Conference; Guiding the Change will be held at the brand new Sea World Resort Conference Centre on the Gold Coast, QLD from the 11 -12 August 2016. To register your attendance at the conference CLICK HERE.

This conference will bring together leading clinical practitioners, academics, service providers and mental health experts to deliberate and discuss Mental Health issues confronting Australia and New Zealand.

The conference program challenges, inspires, and is aimed to facilitate discussion. To view the Program CLICK HERE.

The 2016 Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium; working together integrating care will be held from 3-4 November 2016. The Conference is just 10 minutes from the Gold Coast Airport and held at Mantra on Salt Beach, Kingscliff, NSW

A/P Peter McGeorge – ‘Integrated Mental Health Care – Challenges and Possibilities’.

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Peter McGeorge_Mental Health CareWe are pleased to announce Associate Prof Peter McGeorge, Director Inner City Health, Clinical Director Mental & Homeless Health Services, Integrated Care Clinical Stream, St Vincent’s Health Network (Sydney) as a Keynote Speaker at The 17th International Mental Health Conference; Guiding the Change to be held at the brand new Sea World Resort Conference Centre on the Gold Coast, QLD from the 11 -12 August 2016. Peter will be presenting on Integrated Mental Health Care – Challenges and Possibilities’.

Despite aspirations, integrated healthcare or the effective linkage and alignment of services to benefit consumers, remains elusive. This paper analyses the history of integrated care and its application to mental health services illustrating the challenges involved and solutions that have been explored in implementing successful systems of care. In conclusion recommendations for achieving integrated, recovery oriented mental health care in Australasia are made.

Associate Professor Peter McGeorge is an Adolescent and General Psychiatrist who has extensive experience in the development and delivery of services in New Zealand and Australia. He is currently the Director of the Inner City Health Programme which includes Mental Health, Homeless Health, Co-existing Disorders and Primary Healthcare Liaison Services. He has also been involved in the development of the St Vincent’s Private Hospitals Young Adult’s Mental Health Service – Uspace as its foundation Medical Director.

Integrated Mental Health Care – Challenges and Possibilities

Over the last 25 years he has been involved in national policy development, reviews of Mental Health Services and setting up systems of comprehensive community and hospital based mental health care. Between 2008 and 2010 he was the Chair of the New Zealand Mental Health Commission. He has also been the Director for Mental Health Services for the Auckland Area Health Board at a time when the major psychiatric hospitals in the region were closed and replaced by locality based community mental health services. Prior to coming to Sydney in 2005 he was the Director for Mental Health Services of the Capital and Coast District Health Board in Wellington, New Zealand.

He has been involved with several NGOs as a Board member, Chair and Clinical Advisor, including the Youth Horizons Trust (NZ) for young people with severe Conduct Disorders with which he was involved in setting up and chairing the Foundation Board. He is a co-Patron of the NZ Mental Health Foundation, the latter of which he chaired during the 1990’s when it developed a focus on mental health promotion and the prevention of mental disorders and shifted its funding based from grants to contracts. He has also been a board member of the Framework Trust in New Zealand and the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association and the Wayside Chapel in Australia.

The 17th International Mental Health Conference; Guiding the Change will be held at the brand new Sea World Resort Conference Centre on the Gold Coast, QLD from the 11 -12 August 2016. To register your attendance at the conference CLICK HERE.

This conference will bring together leading clinical practitioners, academics, service providers and mental health experts to deliberate and discuss Mental Health issues confronting Australia and New Zealand.

The conference program will be designed to challenge, inspire, demonstrate and encourage participants while facilitating discussion. To view the Program CLICK HERE.

Sue Murray, Suicide Prevention Australia joins us

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Sue Murray, CEO, Suicide Prevention Australia

Sue Murray, CEO, Suicide Prevention Australia

We are pleased to announce Ms Sue Murray, Chief Executive Officer , Suicide Prevention Australia as a Keynote Speaker at The 17th International Mental Health Conference.

The 2016 two day Conference will be held at Sea World Resort Conference Centre on the Gold Coast, 11 -12 August 2016.

Sue Murray will be presentingThe Alien Report: Mental Health on Planet Earth’.

In this talk an imaginary alien from a Planet that has the ‘best in the universe’ responses to people with mental distress. He investigates mental health on Planet Earth. The alien visits several countries and concludes that discrimination skews social and service responses and that the narrow deficits approach in services does not improve outcomes.

Despite this the alien senses little sense of urgency for change. The alien then describes the recovery oriented responses on their own planet and makes recommendations for system change on Planet Earth.

The alien points out that deep change in a system with finite resources will require removing the ‘control’ elements of services. These include replacing hospital with home and community based services and reducing the dominance of biological psychiatry. It is not sufficient to just build the leadership of people with mental distress, provide a broader range of services for diverse cultures and communities, and promote social inclusion if the failed elements of the old system remain.

Suicide Prevention Australia

Mary O’Hagan was a key initiator of the mental health service user movement in New Zealand in the late 1980s. She was the first chairperson of the World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry 1991-1995.

Mary has been advisor to the United Nations and the World Health Organization. Mary was a full-time Mental Health Commissioner in New Zealand between 2000 and 2007. Mary has written and spoken extensively on recovery and user / survivor perspectives in many countries.

Mary is now an international consultant in mental health. She runs a social enterprise that has developed PeerZone offering peer led workshops in mental health and addiction. She is also leading the development of Swell, an online recovery toolkit for people with mental distress and for the people who work with them. Mary has written an award-winning memoir called ‘Madness Made Me’. She was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2015.

Suicide prevention is to be discussed at the 17th International Mental Health Conference; Guiding the Change. The Conference will be held at the brand new Sea World Resort Conference Centre on the Gold Coast from the 11 -12 August 2016. CLICK HERE to register your attendance.

This conference brings together leading clinical practitioners, academics and service providers and the program will challenge, inspire and facilitate discussion. CLICK HERE To view the Program.

Dr Louise Byrne, Mental Health Lived Experience Leadership

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Dr Louise Byrne on Mental Health Lived Experience Leadership

Dr Louise Byrne on Mental Health Lived Experience Leadership

Mental Health Lived Experience ; we are pleased to announce Dr Louise Byrne, Lecturer, University Central Queensland as a Keynote Speaker at The 17th International Mental Health Conference; Guiding the Change.

The 2016 Conference will be held at the brand new Sea World Resort Conference Centre on the Gold Coast, from the 11 -12 August 2016.

Dr Louise Byrne will be speaking on ‘Lived Experience Leadership, the Heart and Soul of Recovery’.

Mental Health Lived Experience

Mental health reform in many Western countries including Australia and New Zealand, is inextricably linked with the Recovery approach.  However, the mental health system faces significant challenges understanding and implementing Recovery meaningfully.  Recovery was devised and championed by people with a lived experience of diagnosis and service use.  Collectively and individually, people working in lived experience roles possess in-depth understanding of Recovery concepts.

This unique knowledge can be a valuable resource to provide philosophical leadership and guide Recovery implementation, if roles are designed and positioned with a capacity for influence.

Dr Louise Byrne works within the mental health sector from the perspective of her own experience of significant mental health challenges, service use and Recovery.  Louise has worked from her lived experience in a variety of roles in government, non-government and tertiary settings since 2005. She currently works at CQUniversity, Australia where she is employed as a lived experience in mental health academic and with the Queensland Mental Health Commission as a ‘lived experience expert’.

Louise teaches the Recovery approach in mental health and conducts research focused on the experiences and needs of the lived experience workforce.  Louise has won numerous awards for her ground-breaking work including the Queensland Mental Health Week Individual Achievement Award.  Louise is regularly invited to speak at conferences and a range of media including being a panellist on ABC television’s popular program ‘Q&A’.  Louise believes firmly in the role of industry based and focused research in aiming for best practice.

Mental Health Lived Experience will be presented at The 17th International Mental Health Conference; Guiding the Change.

The Conference will be held at the brand new Sea World Resort Conference Centre on the Gold Coast, from the 11 -12 August 2016. CLICK HERE to register your attendance.

This conference will bring together leading clinical practitioners, academics, service providers and mental health experts to deliberate and discuss Mental Health issues confronting Australia and New Zealand.

The conference program will be designed to challenge, inspire, demonstrate and encourage participants while facilitating discussion. To view the Program CLICK HERE.

Darling Downs to adopt mental health reforms

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mental health reformsMental Health Reforms; Every year, about four million Australians suffer some form of mental health issue National healthcare reforms are expected to bring about more flexible mental health services by 2019.

The Darling Downs West Moreton Public Health Network is currently responding to the National Mental Health Commission review of mental health program and services.

Mental Health Reforms to bring Australia into a stepped care model will be rolled out between 2016 and 2019 and delivered within existing funding framework.

Within a stepped care approach, the role of general mental health practitioners is critical.

GPs are typically the first point of contact for people seeking help for mental health issues, serving as gatekeepers to other service providers.

Mental Health Reforms in Australia

It is anticipated that access to most primary mental health services commissioned by PHNs, will continue to require a referral from a GP or psychiatrist.

There may be some exceptions to this, for example access to low intensity services might be through a range of pathways including self-referral, or it may be necessary to broaden referral arrangements for some groups such as young people who may otherwise experience system barriers

Consultation with healthcare providers and the primary health sector will be held across the region where input will be sought from all key stakeholders.

Under the reforms there will also be a new approach to suicide prevention coordinated by PHNs, and a new gateway to optimise the use of digital mental health services. To read more click here.

Mental Health Reforms will be discussed at The 17th International Mental Health Conference; Guiding the Change. The Conference will be held at the brand new Sea World Resort Conference Centre on the Gold Coast, on the 11 -12 August 2016. To register your attendance at the conference CLICK HERE.

This conference will bring together leading clinical practitioners, academics, service providers and mental health experts to deliberate and discuss Mental Health issues confronting Australia and New Zealand.

The conference program is designed to challenge, inspire, demonstrate and encourage participants while facilitating discussion. CLICK HERE to view the exciting program .

Frank Quinlan on the Future of Mental Health

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Frank Quinlan CEO Mental Health Australia

Frank Quinlan, CEO, Mental Health Australia

We are pleased to announce Mr Frank Quinlan, CEO, Mental Health Australia as a Keynote Speaker at The 17th International Mental Health Conference to be held at the brand new Sea World Resort Conference Centre on the Gold Coast, QLD from the 11 -12 August 2016. He will be speaking on; ‘Mental Health in Australia – Where we are, how we got here, and where we need to go’.

Mental health reform has had a long and troubled history in Australia.  While progress has been made, this has usually been hard won and often a case of “two steps forward, one step back”.

Mental health reform remains in a tenuous state in Australia.  Reforms like the National Disability Insurance Scheme; Primary Health Networks; Health Care Home; and, the Digital Gateway for mental health all have the potential to transform support for people who experience mental illness.

But if mental health reform is to be understood, we must also understand the factors that contribute to that reform.  This presentation will briefly consider three such factors: public opinion, including consumer and carer activism; changing professional practice, including the impact of funding and contracting models; and, Government action, including political awareness and motivation.

Mental Health in Australia – Where we are, how we got here, and where we need to go

  • How can it be that public opinion can be so misaligned with political action?
  • How is it that professional practice can be so shaped by funding models?
  • What is it that drives politicians to periodically act on mental health reform?

Having examined the current progress of reform, and some of the factors contributing to it, this presentation will make recommendations about what we can all do to ensure mental health reform makes good progress in the future.

Frank Quinlan is the CEO of Mental Health Australia, the peak body representing mental health organisations in Australia. Frank is responsible for implementing Mental Health Australia’s vision of “better mental health for all Australians”.

Frank has a long history of working in the not-for-profit sector, having previously worked at Grassmere Youth Services, Tranmere Street Youth Refuge and the Australian Drug Foundation. He has also held senior positions with the Alcohol and Other Drugs Council of Australia, the Australian Medical Association and Catholic Social Services Australia.

Frank has represented the interests of both his members and the sector on numerous government consultative panels and committees, including appointment to the Australian National Alcohol and Drug Advisory Committee.

Frank completed tertiary studies at both Monash University and Melbourne University and has previously been a guest lecturer in public policy programs at the Australian National University.

The 17th International Mental Health Conference; Guiding the Change will be held at the brand new Sea World Resort Conference Centre on the Gold Coast, QLD from the 11 -12 August 2016.

This conference will bring together leading clinical practitioners, academics, service providers and mental health experts to deliberate and discuss Mental Health issues confronting Australia and New Zealand.

The conference program will be designed to challenge, inspire, demonstrate and encourage participants while facilitating discussion. To register your attendance at the conference CLICK HERE.

Australian Mental Health Awards to recognise ‘national emergency’

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Dame Quintin Bryce, Australian Mental Health Awards

Dame Quintin Bryce, Australian Mental Health Awards

Australian Mental Health: A nationwide search is underway to identify people who have made outstanding contributions to the promotion or prevention and treatment of mental illness.

Former governor-general Dame Quentin Bryce launched the inaugural mental health prize on Wednesday at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) as reported by Antoinette Lattouf.

Dame Quentin said the awards would acknowledge the important and tireless work done across a range industries, including researchers, advocates, clinicians and carers.

“This award will make a valuable contribution to our community’s knowledge of mental health and also its champions — what they do, what they give,” she said.

UNSW Professor Henry Brodaty said the prestigious prize would help reduce the stigma of mental illness and raise the profile of the significant work Australians were doing.

Australian Mental Health

According to the Black Dog Institute, one in five Australians will experience mental illness in any given year and one in three in their lifetime.

Suicide is the leading cause of death of 15-44 year old males, and each year 2,000 Australians take their life, according to the Black Dog Institute.

Media personality and Australian Mental Health Prize Advisory Group chair Ita Buttrose said mental health was a “national emergency”.

“The statistics are alarming, however we should also be incredibly proud of the exciting and innovative mental health programs and campaigns currently underway in Australia,” she said.

Nominations for the prizes are open now and the winner will be unveiled at an award ceremony on November 28. To read more click here.

Australian Mental Health will be discussed at The 17th International Mental Health Conference; Guiding the Change.

The Conference will be held at the brand new Sea World Resort Conference Centre on the Gold Coast from the 11 -12 August 2016. To register your attendance CLICK HERE.

This conference will bring together leading clinical practitioners, academics, service providers and mental health experts to deliberate and discuss Mental Health issues confronting Australia and New Zealand.

The conference program will be designed to challenge, inspire, demonstrate and encourage participants while facilitating discussion. CLICK HERE to view the Program.

Professor Helen Herrman to Present on Youth Mental Health

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Professor Helen Herrman, Centre for Youth Mental Health

We are pleased to announce Professor Helen Herrman, Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health and Centre for Youth Mental Health, The University of Melbourne as a Keynote Speaker at The 17th International Mental Health Conference to be held at the brand new Sea World Resort Conference Centre on the Gold Coast, QLD from the 11 -12 August 2016. The keynote will be speaking on; Improving the Mental Health of Vulnerable Young People Removed From Their Families’

Young people unable to live with their families because of abuse, neglect or other adversities are placed by the state in out-of-home care (OoHC). The Ripple Project funded by Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council (2013-2017) is investigating a systematic and affordable approach to improving mental health for young people aged 12‐17 years living in OoHC. Many of these young people have poor mental health and social function and multiple and complex needs before, during and after leaving care.

The project has developed a practical mental health intervention to support their foster, kinship and residential carers. The aims are to investigate its implementation and whether the mental health of young people living in OoHC improves: through supporting (i) the consistency and quality of OoHC for all young people in the sector, and (ii) access to early intervention when indicated for prevention and treatment of mental illness.

Helen Herrman is Director of Research at Orygen: The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, and Professor of Psychiatry in the Centre for Youth Mental Health, The University of Melbourne, Australia. She is President-Elect of the World Psychiatric Association, President of the International Association of Women’s Mental Health, and Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for mental health in Melbourne.

The 17th International Mental Health Conference; Guiding the Change will be held at the new Sea World Resort Conference Centre on the Gold Coast from the 11 -12 August 2016.

This conference will bring together leading clinical practitioners, academics, service providers and mental health experts to deliberate and discuss Mental Health issues confronting Australia and New Zealand.

The conference program will be designed to challenge, inspire, demonstrate and encourage participants while facilitating discussion. To register your attendance at the conference CLICK HERE.