Culturally responsive frameworks influencing practice and informing our health workforce

Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA), the national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health peak body, leads the way in influencing innovative practice and integrative systems approached in their culturally responsive framework for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander communities, allied health professionals and all health professionals working with these communities. Successful outcomes for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander healing practices have often been hindered by limited understanding of cultural worldviews. …

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An evaluation of the implementation of the Australian ATAPS Suicide Prevention Services

The Access to Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS) Suicide Prevention initiative is an Australian Government-funded primary mental healthcare initiative providing free or low-cost, intensive psychological intervention for consumers at moderate risk of self-harm or suicide. Using a program logic approach, this paper outlines the findings of a multi-method evaluation aimed at identifying whether the initiative is being implemented as intended; preliminary outcomes of the initiative; and barriers to, and factors that …

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The headspace best practice framework

Mr Nic Telford, Evaluation Manager, headspace will provide an overview of the research, outline the best practice framework and demonstrate how these principles are being practically implemented across headspace centres to improve practice and increase the accessibility, acceptability, appropriateness and sustainability of services provided to young people and its implications for the wider service system at the upcoming 15th International Mental Health Conference. headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation is …

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The Relevance of Trauma Informed Care to Aboriginal Primary Health Care Services

The 2009 Australian Bureau of Statistics illustrated that Indigenous Australians experience a mortality rate nearly twice as high and a life expectancy 10-17 years lower than non-Indigenous Australians.  In recognising the health issues of Indigenous Australians, it is important to acknowledge the broader social context of life for Indigenous Australians since colonisation. Trauma is recognised as a significant contributor to the poor health and compromised social and emotional wellbeing (SEWB) …

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15th International Mental Health Conference – meet the Keynotes

The 15th International Mental Health Conference will be held at the QT Hotel, Surfers Paradise from Monday 25th to Tuesday 26th August 2014. The conference theme “Mental Health: Innovation | Integration | Early Intervention”, will focus on Suicide, Dementia, Depression, Personality Disorders and Trauma. Keynote addresses, submitted papers, workshops and case studies will examine how approaches and techniques can be incorporated into daily practise. Featuring Australia and New Zealand’s leading …

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Prof David Ames presents at 15th International Mental Health Conference

Prof David Ames Prof David Ames, Executive Director, National Ageing Research Institute.  Academic, Psychiatry, The University of Melbourne. David Ames qualified MB BS from the University of Melbourne in December 1978 with honours in Medicine and Obstetrics & Gynaecology, winning the Upjohn prize for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics. After internship and junior resident medical officer experience at the Royal Melbourne Hospital (1979-1981) he trained in Psychiatry at the Royal Melbourne …

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Enhancing the psychological treatment of bipolar disorder

Enhancing the psychological treatment of bipolar disorder with Wellbeing Plans Workshop will be presented by Dr Kristine Kafer, Clinical Psychologist/Psychology Program Developer, Black Dog Institute at the The 15th International Mental Health Conference at the QT Hotel, Surfers Paradise on Wednesday the 27th of August.  Bipolar disorder is an intriguing and disabling psychiatric disorder. It is possibly one of the only psychiatric conditions where sufferers actually crave the return of some …

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Depression and Recovery: A Working Example

Australian Television Icon, Ms Paula Duncan AM talks frankly about her personal experience of depressive mental illness and the importance and value of employment in coping with and overcoming depression, at the 15th International Mental Health Conference. Paula will speak on the role of employment as a means of retaining community connection and self-esteem and as a conscious preventative method for maintaining wellness. Australian television viewers will recognise 7 time …

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The National Mental Health Commission: reviews, report cards and reform

The National Mental Health Commission has been tasked by the Australian Government to undertake an independent review of the mental health system. This review is examining existing mental health services and programmes across all levels of government, and the private and non-government sectors. It is focussing on efficiency, effectiveness, gaps, duplication and unnecessary red tape. It will provide pragmatic advice on how we invest and what we invest in to help …

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Investing in mental health pays off

Miki Perkins (May 20, 2014) Learning the piano has helped Graeme Holdsworth recover. Photo: Eddie Jim Employers urgently need to treat the mental health of their staff as seriously as their physical health and safety, according to Australia’s first campaign on mental health in the workplace. With an estimated one in five Australian workers experiencing mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety, the cost to businesses is at least $10.9 …

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