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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Early Bird Registration Closing Soon!

You are invited to The 7th Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium, held from the 26 – 28 October 2015 at the Novotel Forest Resort Creswick, VIC. Early Bird registration for the Conference will close Friday 18 September so make sure you have registered and paid by close of business 18 September 2015. In 2014, this event sold out so you are encouraged to register at your earliest convenience to secure …

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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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Evaluation of an Australian primary mental health care program: 10 years on

The Access to Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS) program was introduced by the Australian Government in 2001. ATAPS enables general practitioners (GPs) to refer patients with high prevalence mental disorders for low-cost evidence-based mental health care and targets specific hard to reach groups. The achievements of the program 10 years on are examined including participation rates by professionals and patients, patient and service provision characteristics, and patient outcomes. Data are sourced …

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Sensory Modulation: The impact and outcomes in an adult acute inpatient mental health unit

Sensory modulation therapy has been vastly researched and acknowledged as being effective in reducing the need for seclusion in an inpatient psychiatric service setting. However, there are has been little research on how else sensory modulation therapy may be used in an inpatient psychiatric service setting. The 14th International Mental Health Conference would like to thank Dr. Julia Hailes of Ballarat Mental Health Services for delivering this presentation at the …

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Depression Symptoms May Manifest Differently in Men

Psych Central By Traci Pedersen Associate News Editor August 31, 2013 Men may suffer from depression about as often as women, according to a new study from the University of Michigan. Traditionally, women have been diagnosed with depression about double the rate of men, with approximately 20 percent of women becoming depressed at some point in their lifetime. In recent years, however, some researchers have wondered if perhaps they haven’t been …

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The assessment and management of patients presenting with a mental health crisis in the emergency setting

A review of the literature. As part of psychiatric health care reforms, there was an integration of mental health services and general health services nationally. This resulted in an increase in the number of patients presenting to emergency services for assistance with acute mental health disorders. Studies have shown a significant increase in patients presenting to emergency departments, police and paramedics for acute mental health care. Studies have also reported …

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Opening doors for Deaf people with mental health needs

Strategies, resources and relationships making mainstream services accessible. The 14th International Mental Health Conference would like to thank Dr Francine Hanley, Research Fellow, Australian Institute for Primary Care and Ageing who presented this co-authored paper at the recent conference held 5-6 August at the Outrigger Surfers Paradise. Dr Hanley discussed the findings of an exploratory project designed to understand the pathways to ongoing access available to Deaf people with mental health needs …

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Creative mental health help for youth

Illawarra Mercury By GREG ELLIS 23 August 2013 Mind Blank founder Ally Kelly showed enormous courage this week when she told her own story in public for the first time. Ms Kelly spoke of a betrayal of trust when she was six years old, and her long-term anguish as she tried to overcome that. She was aiming to help people understand why she started Mind Blank and to help find …

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New options and new angles on suicide prevention & support

With new technology comes new opportunities. The proliferation of smart phones, creates an opportunity for the development of mental health specific Apps – both as an adjunct to existing services – giving people another, potentially more independent and discrete option, but also, to reach traditionally hard-to-reach cohorts (youth, males, rural/remote, disability, single parents, GLBTI etc) when they are in the grips of a mental health crisis. The 14th International Mental …

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