Suicide in Rural & Remote Areas of Australia Report Lauched

The report was requested by the Australian Suicide Prevention Advisory Council (ASPAC) and funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing. This report will assist the Council in their formation on advice to the Minister for Mental Health and Ageing. The report was launched at the Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Conference in Adelaide, you can download a copy here. Left: Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, the …

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Capacity building in rural and remote areas is hampered by the lack of availability of trained supervisors

Capacity building in rural and remote areas is hampered by the lack of availability of trained supervisors for clinical psychology and other mental health students in rural and remote locations. Difficulties also exist with the current mental health workforce who are qualified to practice yet are unable to access a supervisor to provide the support required to deal with often complex and clinically challenging mental health issues. Training to improve …

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The role of basic environmental factors in the development of psychiatric morbidity: introducing environmental mental health assessment tools

Dr Gelaye Nadew Psychiatric morbidity is linked to complex interactions of social, environmental and biological factors. Social and biological factors have been given comparatively better attention while environmental issues are paid a partial consideration, especially when considering rural and remote communities. Hence the role of basic environmental health in the development of mental illness in rural and remote population is not understood. This presentation will explore the link between mental illness …

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Childhood Trauma and Neural Development. Indicators for interventions with special reference to rural and remote environments

Advances in Neurobiology and Neuropsychotherapy in understanding the development of the young brain have demonstrated the need for early intervention to address childhood trauma and subsequent detrimental neural development. The prevailing paradigms of psychopharmacological and cognitive based interventions as first line interventions for treatment of childhood trauma are confronted with a growing body of neurodevelopmental and neurobiological research that points toward the fundamental development of the right hemisphere during the …

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A Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)Program in a Rural Community Mental Health setting

In Australia the recent development of draft guidelines for the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) will set a standard for the provision of services for people with this disorder. It is therefore timely to review programs that are in place and consider how these programs fit with the proposed new national guidelines for the provision of comprehensive services informed by the recovery framework. Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is an …

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Predictors of suicide in rural and remote areas: A psychological autopsy study in Queensland

The aims of the study are to: assess suicide predictors in rural and urban regions by comparing suicides to sudden-death controls; and, compare the differences between rural and urban suicides. The Psychological Autopsy method was utilised to investigate suicides over the age of 35 in QLD by interviewing next-of-kin in 2006-2008. A case-control study design was applied using sudden-deaths as controls. The study involved 50 suicides and 26 sudden-death controls …

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Rural Alive & Well: focusing on people first

Rural Men and their families are often left to climb back through the gaps of systems and duly ignored and forgotten. I would ask at what expense and to whom! Educational opportunities and resources for rural communities is an effective way in providing preventative measures for health and well-being particularly where suicide is prevalent. RAW continues supporting rural communities in Tasmania through years of drought, the collapse of the forestry …

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Help at the End of the Line? What does analysis of rural and remote calls to SANE Helpline tell us about mental health needs in the country?

The SANE Helpline is a national 1800 and online service providing information, advice, and referral to people concerned about mental illness. Every year, the Helpline takes thousands of calls from people in rural and remote Australia who are worried about their own mental health, or that of a family member or friend. The call might be about a daughter exhibiting signs of what might be a psychosis. It might be …

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The complex phenomenon of disordered gambling: emerging approaches to diagnosis and treatment in rural communities

Associate Professor Peter Harvey provides an overview of the phenomenological and methodological aspects of a treatment programme available for people who have serious gambling problems. A CBT based graded exposure therapy treatment programme is currently being provided for people with gambling problems through the Statewide Gambling Therapy Service (SGTS) in South Australia. Approaches to treatment are being tailored to suit consumers from a range of communities including CALD, Aboriginal and …

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The effects of natural disasters on rural communities: strategies for survival

The 2009 Victorian bushfires are arguably the greatest natural disaster Australia has faced. In early 2009, even while the emergency relief effort in response to the Victorian bushfires was in full-swing, the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) championed the creation of a collaborative grants program known as Repair-Restore-Renew. That program addressed many of the medium-term recovery needs however it also revealed that ongoing support is required to address …

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