Retention of Early Career Health Professionals Working in Rural and Remote Australia

The reality gap: A grounded theory whole-of-life explanation of turnover intention of early career rural-based community mental health professionals. This study focused on retention of early career (0-5 years after graduating) health professionals working in rural and remote Australia. Some of Australia’s most severe and protracted workforce shortages are in public sector mental health and, within this sector, community mental health (CMH) services experience critical staffing shortages and high staff …

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Medical Staff Mental Illness: Getting Help With No Fear

An expert advisory committee will examine how regulatory bodies can seek to protect patient safety without discouraging health practitioners from taking steps to ensure they are mentally fit to practice. At its latest meeting, the Council of Australian Governments Health Council discussed moves by several states to reconsider the mandatory nature of the notifications process that covers practitioners who may have an impairment. The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency requires …

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Understanding and Addressing the Causes of Behaviour

Dementia Support Australia (DSA) consultants often find that the smallest changes can have the biggest impact on a person’s wellbeing.  Just like they were able to do for Jerry. Jerry has been living in a care home for over a year and was referred to the DSA for ‘unexpected aggression’. During the day Jerry would sweep the back veranda of the care home– sometimes spending whole mornings and afternoons outside. …

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Australia’s First Ever ‘Dementia Village’ Will Be Built In Tasmania

A $25 million village for people with dementia will be built in Tasmania, aimed at providing a real life experience for those with the disease. The village, Korongee, will be based on a similar one in The Netherlands, the De Hogeweyk village, which mimics a small town setting and creates conditions so that residents are challenged by recognisable incentives to remain active in daily life. Korongee will have a cul de sac …

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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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Mental health patients facing cuts to crucial services amid funding uncertainty: experts

Published on ABC Radio Australia, Updated 24 March 2015, 10:50 AEDT by medical reporter Sophie Scott Thousands of Australians seeking help for mental health problems face growing uncertainty because ongoing federal funding for hundreds of contracts has not been guaranteed after June 30. Seventy mental health groups, including Mental Health Australia, Headspace, and the Black Dog Institute have written an open letter to Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Health Minister Sussan …

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Recognition and Respect: Report on Mental Health Carers 2012

The Mental Health Council of Australia has released its annual report on mental health carers, ‘Recognition and Respect: Report on Mental Health Carers 2012’. The Report surveyed over 500 mental health carers and provides an insight into the lives of of people who regularly care for someone with a mental illness. You can download the full report here. ******* The 14th International Mental Health Conference “OPENING DOORS” will be held …

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The impact of a needs based education and carer support group for carers of people with a mental illness: A pilot study

Dr Julia Bowman The emphasis on community-based care in preference to hospitalisation relies significantly on the availability and willingness of informal carers (Goodwin & Harpell, 2006). Whilst care-giving can be a rewarding and positive experience, a number of studies indicate that caring for a person with a mental illness has distinct challenges. These include difficulty navigating the mental health system, lack of respite, stigma of mental illness, uncertainty related to …

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Drug use soars in aged-care facilities

Adam Cresswell, Health editor From: The Australian March 07, 2011 12:00AM MORE elderly people are being dosed up on powerful mood-altering drugs, according to a study that finds use of the drugs in some nursing homes has soared. A study of nearly 2500 residents of 44 western Sydney nursing homes shows that nearly a quarter are taking antidepressants almost every day, up from 15 per cent in 1993. The proportion on …

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Skills for Psychological Recovery: basic and effective strategies to manage common psychological issues following disaster

Workshop A significant proportion of people experience a range of psychological issues and distress in the months after a disaster. Many of the people affected in this way can be assisted by primary care and mental health professionals using brief but effective strategies. The Skills for Psychological Recovery (SPR) protocol was developed as an evidence-informed resource for use by health and mental health personnel of varying backgrounds and qualifications. The …

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