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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Lack of rural mental health services puts youth at risk

Originally Published by The Daily Examiner 12th Aug 2015 RURAL and regional children are struggling to find the right mental health support according to an in depth Federal report into the mental wellbeing of our youth. The Mental Health of Children and Adolescents report released by the Federal Ministry for Health revealed startling figures of young people dealing with mental illness. A lack of access to mental health services in …

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Tell us where you would like to conference in 2015 (Snapshot Poll)

The 7th Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium values your feedback – tell us where you would like to conference in 2015: Ballarat, Victoria Where the past, present and future meet. Ballarat gets your heart pulsing and taste-buds dancing with wine bars, breweries, award-winning restaurants, festivals, tracks and trails and oh so much more. It’s a melting pot of cultural and sporting events, gastronomic treasures and hints of the past. It’s …

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A Contributing Life – workforce and specific challenges for regional, rural and remote Australia

The focus of the National Mental Health Commission’s national review has been to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of programmes and services in supporting individuals experiencing mental ill health and their families and other support people to lead a contributing life and to engage productively in the community. One of the terms of reference for the review is to examine mental health workforce development and the specific challenges for regional, …

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A Community led approach to Mental Health and Wellbeing

MindMatters, ‘Anangu Way’; A Community led approach to Mental Health and Wellbeing The purpose of this paper is to share the MindMatters approach to working in Anangu communities in the Far North-West corner of South Australia and the Southern region of the Northern Territory.  (The term Anangu is a collective term that Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara people use to refer to themselves.) Remote Indigenous communities experience significant levels of incidences and …

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Childhood Trauma and Neural Development. Indicators for Interventions with Special Reference to Rural and Remote Environments.

Dr. Pieter J Rossouw This paper focuses on the effects of childhood trauma on healthy neural development. An alarming study of 10,000 adolescents indicates that one in every four to five youths meets the criteria of a severe impairment across the lifetime. Studies also indicate the positive effects of early interventions to enhance neural activation and facilitating resilience. Historical events and current logistical obstacles in rural and remote environments indicate significant …

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