Girls with Autism Flying Under the Radar but New Guidelines Could Help Doctors with Diagnosis

Emma Taylor spent her whole life believing that something was wrong with her. “I’ve always been called weird or a little bit strange. One of the regulars at work calls me Fruit Loop. It was just something I was used to,” the 27-year-old said. But when her six-year-old daughter Felicity was recently diagnosed with autism, Emma came to a startling realisation. “I was reading through her autism checklist, and I …

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Improved Mental Health Training for Undergraduate Nurses

Every year, around four million Australians experience a mental health condition and they deserve high quality health care, whenever and wherever they need it and regardless of where they live. Nurses and midwives are the largest professional group in the health workforce and are on the frontline of our healthcare services across Australia. An important strategy to improve the mental health and wellbeing of Australians is to ensure that all …

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In Hard Times Hunter Farmers Must Focus on Mental Health, Experts Say

The traditional farmers’ approach to tough times might be to knuckle down and get on with the work at hand. But experts are urging people communities across the Hunter to take care of their mental health, as the effects of the drought gripping the region put more and more pressure on landholders. Hunter New England Rural Adversity Mental Health Program coordinator Sarah Green said the key message was to get help if you …

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New Year’s Resolutions For Better Mental Health

Every new year we set about making New Year’s resolutions. Usually they’re related to our physical health: going on a diet, joining a gym or drinking less. But what about our mental health? Mental health is central to every part of our lives: how we interact with loved ones, how productive we are at work, and how we feel when we are alone. So here are six things science says …

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One Stop Shop for Mental Health Services Moves Australia’s Mental Health Care Online

People suffering mental problems will from today be able to get help from a one stop mental health service combining help from 26 mental health providers including Headspace, Beyond Blue and Mind Frame. Health Minister Greg Hunt will launch the comprehensive Head to Health website that includes access to free or low-cost apps, online support communities, online courses and phone services. One in five Australians experience a mental health problems every year …

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MateCheck – The Award-Winning Mental Health and Safety Platform

MateCheck specialise in mental health and safety in the workplace.  This unique and comprehensive platform has won numerous awards for its innovation and application to improving the health and safety of employees. MateCheck are bridging the crippling gap between employees who need support and don’t have access. Employees are provided immediate access to free and confidential supports at the touch of a button – no searching for phone numbers, no call …

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Cultural Identity and Participation In Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children

The Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health has reported on the importance of cultural identity and cultural participation as key protective factors essential to the development of strong and resilient Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. International research shows that cultural programs conducted with Aboriginal young people has led to improved self-esteem, school attendance, school completion rates, reading skills and academic performance. It was these key pieces of research …

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13 Signs of Potential Mental Illness in a Child

Most parents have an instantaneous desire to protect their children. We tend to our children’s needs: If an unexplained rash appears, we see the doctor. If a fever spikes, we see the doctor. If a bone seems injured, we see the doctor. Visible wounds are relatively easy to recognize. It’s different when a child begins having problems at school or with friends, or if he or she becomes uncooperative and has inexplicable outbursts. Such …

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Improving Services for Australians Affected by Forced Adoption

Improving services for Australians affected by forced adoption: Up-skilling and enhancing the health sector In Australia, between the 1940’s and 1980’s, around 250,000 adoptions occurred, and the majority of these are now considered to have been forced. Forced adoption has led to significant, long-term psychological effects, including prolonged grief, relationship difficulties, higher rates of suicidality and mental health disorders. The mothers, fathers and children impacted by these practices have also …

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Dads can suffer depression after childbirth too

No matter how many books you read, nothing really prepares you for the birth of your first child. And that goes for dads, as well as mums. Wilfred Zee, 31, from Queensland thought he was prepared before the whirlwind arrived. “We had a natural birth with our first child, Nathan, and didn’t realise anything was wrong until two days later. My wife was trying to get out of bed to …

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