DVA puts veterans at ease

The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced new arrangements designed to make it easier for veterans to access mental health support. Currently, veterans and eligible current and former members of the Australian Defence Force are able to access treatment for psychiatrically-diagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety disorders, whatever the cause. Under the new regime, known as non-liability health care, there does not have to be any link between the …

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Effect of Rural Residence on Use of VHA Mental Health Care Among OEF/OIF Veterans (America)

Abstract Objective  The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) has worked to increase availability of mental health treatment for rural veterans. The objective was to understand the impact of rural residence on screening for, diagnosis of, and treatment for depression and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) using VHA care. Methods  A cohort of veterans from a five-state region was identified whose first …

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Alcohol May Not Help: Alcohol’s Impact on Your Mental Health

By Jesse Viner, MD Alcoholism is common among people suffering from mental health conditions. People experiencing anxiety, depression, impulsivity, or other diagnosable mental illnesses often turn to alcohol to find temporary solace. Additionally, people who do not have a mental health diagnosis, yet are encountering a phase of overwhelming emotions, drink dangerously. For example, while struggling with the aftermath of trauma, such as physical or sexual abuse, people drink to …

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Australia’s mental health system not meeting demand, should focus on self-help: report

Tues 11 March 2014 – ABC NEWS A new report is calling for a major re-think of Australia’s mental health system, which it says is not meeting demand. The Crossroads report was prepared by Ernst and Young and the ReachOut online youth mental health service for the Inspire Foundation. It found nearly one in two adult Australians have experienced mental illness, but less than half have received the help they …

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Mental Health Boost via Online Plans

By JODIE STEPHENS  Nov. 23, 2013, 1 a.m. TASMANIAN researchers hope several in-development computer programs will change the way mental health services are delivered to remote and rural communities. Researchers at the University of Tasmania are looking at innovative ways that they can help people take control of their mental health issues at home, following the success of similar interventions like the Australian National University’s Moodgym. School of psychology masters …

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DSM-5 won’t increase mental health work claims – here’s why

By Nick Glozier The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM-5) has copped the predicted criticisms since its release on the weekend. Most centre on the idea that more of us will be diagnosed with mental disorders, as the diagnostic thresholds are lowered. Critics have also argued these thresholds will lead to an increase in claims for work-related disability or compensation, allowing more people to …

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Mental Health News – Australia

Experts slam age of consent The AustralianBut the proponent of the laws, Western Australia’s Mental Health and Disability Services Minister Helen Morton, says they simply give effect to the common law operating in every other state and territory that allows mature children to give consent if … Doors to open on new mental health unit ABC OnlineThe first mental health unit to be built in north-west Western Australia is due …

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