Join the Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association

The Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association is a non government, not for profit organisation.  The advisory board representatives have a wide background in Mental Health issues within Australia and New Zealand. The role of the Association is to advance the field of mental health through the application of knowledge about mental health. From mental health education, training and research to mental health advocacy. The Association publishes books of …

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16th International Mental Health Conference: Call for abstracts is now open

Almost half the total Australian population experience a mental disorder at some time in their lives. Becoming more resilient will help with the ability to bounce back from difficult times and avoid developing mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder. The 16th International Mental Health Conference call for abstracts is now open!  You are invited to present at this years conference by submitting an abstract that address the …

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Announcing 16th International Mental Health Conference

 SAVE THE DATE: 12 – 14 August 2015 The 16th International Mental Health Conference will be held at the QT Hotel, Surfers Paradise from Thursday 13 August to Friday 14 August 2015.  An optional half day of workshops will held on Wednesday, 12 August 2015. You are invited to join us as we address the conference theme “Mental Health Future For All” across the broad spectrum of mental disorders including …

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Five years on from Black Saturday, most survivors are doing OK

By Lisa Gibbs, University of Melbourne Five years on from the devastating Black Saturday fires that swept through central Victoria in February 2009, research shows that people and communities are largely recovering well. In the first major data release of the ongoing Beyond Bushfires study, of which I am a lead researcher, we found a majority of people affected by the fires are not experiencing ongoing psychological distress. The results …

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Bullying Conference – Abstracts Closing Today!

Abstract submission closes today, Friday 29th of November. The conference hosted by the Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association will examine how some organisations counter bullying, look at how the law operates and provide a critical evaluation of its effects. From Dr Ken Rigby, Adjunct Professor in the School of Education at the University of South Australia to Ms Megan Mitchell, National Children’s Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission, we …

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Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety and Depression seek Study Participants

Researchers at the Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety and Depression (CRUfAD) and the University of New South Wales are seeking participants for a study investigating beliefs, imagery, and behaviour. Are you someone who is currently, or who was in the past, bothered by intrusive thoughts or images that you find difficult to control? Do you currently, or did you in the past, find yourself repeating certain behaviours (checking, washing, counting) …

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Improving Aboriginal health and well-being: a view from the north

Improving Aboriginal health and well-being: a view from the north By Lesley Barclay and Tricia Nagel, Menzies School of Health Research Aboriginal people living in remote communities have much worse health status and longevity than other Australians. And this imbalance will not be remedied until governments work with Aboriginal leaders and communities to address inequalities in education, economic opportunities, and housing. Offering Australians at most risk of bad physical and …

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5th Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Conference

The 5th Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium is being held on the 14th and 15th October at the  Mercure Hotel, Geelong. Register now via the Symposium website http://anzmh.asn.au/rrmh The conference will explore the challenges and effectiveness of alliances between government, NGO’s, and communities through presentations and evaluations of partnership initiatives.  It will also examine “diagnosable mild to moderate mental illness” in regional, rural and remote Australia. An extensive program has been developed …

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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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