Impact of National Emergency Access Targets in Emergency Departments

Euan Donley 1/ Eastern Health Psychiatric & Emergency Dept Response Team 2/ Monash University PhD Candidate Emergency Departments (EDs) are heavily burdened as presentation rates continue to rise.  To improve patient flow National Emergency Access Targets (NEAT) were introduced.  NEAT implements timelines for ED presentations, such as discharging patients within four hours of arrival.  Mental health patients use EDs more than the general population and are generally more complex in …

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The Malpa Project

Mr Don Palmer, CEO of The Malpa Project presented at the 2015 Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium and today shares an update on his presentation titled ‘Child Doctors: an ancient paradigm for the 21st century’. Australian Indigenous people have the highest rate of otitis media in the world- 58% The World Health Organisation says anything over 4% is a “health emergency”. 83% of Indigenous men in NSW jails are functionally …

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Voicebox, a Partners in Recovery Gold Coast initiative.

The innovative Voicebox program, a Partners in Recovery Gold Coast initiative, offering training in advocacy and peer research has empowered a group of Gold Coast residents to help drive improvements in access to mental health services and reduce community stigma of mental illness. The Voicebox 1 and 2 projects, saw people with a lived experience of mental health issues attend a series of workshops to improve skills in advocacy, peer …

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Contributors to illicit substance use in university students.

Dr Anna Kokavec presented at the 2015 Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference and today shares an updated view on the topic of ‘Contribution of personality, motives, coping and licit drugs to illicit substance use in university students’. The aim was to investigate whether a relationship exists between gender, smoking behaviour, and illicit substance use. A total of 343 students from La Trobe University participated in the present study. The …

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Welcome to 2017 from the The Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Association

At The Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association we pride ourselves on keeping you up to date with the latest in Mental Health news, information and updates on our many conferences throughout the year. This year we will be featuring blog posts from past presenters of our various conferences with an update on their presentation or new research within their respective field. The Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association …

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Join us at the 18th International Mental Health Conference

The 18th International Mental Health Conference will be held at the Conference Centre, Sea World Resort, Gold Coast, Queensland from Monday 21 – Wednesday 23 August 2017.  This is a must attend event in the sector and applications to present and registration are now open. Presentations can address the following topic areas: Indigenous Wellbeing Child and Youth Mental Health Mental Health and the Elderly e-health, Innovative Uses of Technology and Social …

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We don’t know enough about mental health in Australian medical students

The highly regarded Journal of the American Medical Association has published a comprehensive review examining the prevalence of depression, depressive symptoms and suicidal thoughts among medical students. The pooled findings of 195 studies from 47 countries demonstrated that the mental health of medical students is a significant global problem. Overall, around a quarter of students screened positive for symptoms of depression, and one in ten reported suicidal thoughts. The authors …

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Pets can help people manage serious mental illness, study finds.

There is significant evidence owning a pet has benefits for general wellbeing, but new research has found that pets can also play an important role in the daily management of long-term mental illness. When people living with serious mental illness were asked what helped them manage their condition, many put their pets right near the top of the list. In the study, published in BMC Psychiatry, 60 per cent of …

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Headspace using social media to combat youth suicide in Albury Wodonga

Headspace, the National Youth Mental Health Foundation, is partnering with Facebook to combat youth suicide. Facebook has provided Headspace with free targeted advertising, which is being used to promote mental health messages to 11 communities across Australia with high rates of youth suicide, including Albury Wodonga. The messages contain advice for young people on where and how to seek help in their region if they are experiencing significant distress. National …

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Do screens make psychotic adults?

Do your work responsibilities and recreational choices involve a lot of computer use? Are you in the habit of updating social media through the day? Are you finding it weirdly difficult to concentrate on this paragraph? If the answer to all three questions was in the affirmative, this might not be a coincidence. A number of studies from around the world this year have found a disturbing link between computer …

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