The Opportunities and Challenges for Public and Private Mental Health Services in Australia

In August 2015 a presentation to the 16th International Mental Health Conference by Sandy Thomson from GovernancePlus provided delegates with an overview of the opportunities and challenges for public and private Mental Health services in Australia in meeting the National Standards and the National Mental Health Standards requirements for accreditation purposes. Included in the presentation were observed examples of how use of the Standards were improving systems of mental health …

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Carer Appraisal Scale – A Carer-Based Assessment of Patient Functioning

Measurement of patient outcomes is an integral part of mental health service evaluation, as well as guiding clinical practice to ensure best outcomes for patients. Despite there existing numerous tools for quantifying patient functioning based on clinician assessments or self-reports, there is a serious paucity of tools available for the carers of patients to appraise their functioning. Collateral information is well recognised as being integral for assessments of patients, but …

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Examining the impact on adult children caring for elderly parents with mental illness

Caring for elderly parents with mental illness It was hypothesized that the children of elderly parents with a long-standing mental illness have differing needs when faced with the caring role compared to first-time carers of elderly mentally ill parents. This research contrasts the experiences of long-term carers of elderly parents who have had a long-standing mental illness and first-time carers of parents who have become mentally unwell or in need …

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