Emeritus Professor Paul Worley Named Australia’s First National Rural Health Commissioner

The development of pathways for rural doctors is the top priority for Australia’s first National Rural Health Commissioner. Federal Assistant Health Minister Dr David Gillespie announced Emeritus Professor Paul Worley’s appointment as National Rural Health Commissioner at the Rural Medicine Australia Conference on October 21. Professor Worley’s first priority will be to develop National Rural Generalist Pathways to provide training, recognition and appropriate remuneration for the complex demands on doctors working outside major cities. …

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Mental Health System Change: Mary O’Hagan

Mental Health System: We are pleased to announce Ms Mary O’Hagan, Mental Health Entrepreneur and Former NZ Mental Health Commissioner as a Keynote Speaker at The 17th International Mental Health Conference; Guiding the Change to be held at Sea World Resort Conference Centre, Gold Coast, from the 11 -12 August 2016. Mary O’Hagan will be presenting on: System transformation – The Alien Report: Mental Health on Planet Earth’. In this …

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Rural and Remote Mental Health and Suicide Prevention: An Update on Progress

Mr David Butt,  CEO of the National Mental Health Commission, will present an update on the progress in rural and remote mental health and suicide prevention in a Keynote presentation at the 7th Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium.  The Symposium will be held at the Novotel Forest Resort Creswick, Victoria 26 – 28 November 2015. Keynote Presenter: David Butt David Butt was appointed CEO of the National Mental Health Commission in January 2014. David …

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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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Coalition pledges to boost mental health

BARRY O’FARRELL has committed to spending $30 million on establishing a Mental Health Commission and has promised to quarantine funding for mental health from the overall health budget. Announcing the funding at the Lifeline telephone counselling centre in south-western Sydney, the Opposition Leader said the commission would be modelled on a similar one introduced in Western Australia. ”A Mental Health Commission is needed to drive the necessary reforms to improve …

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