How Better Designed Therapy Spaces Could Improve Mental Health Treatment

The buildings we inhabit can change the way we feel. That’s particularly relevant when designing mental health spaces, and yet there are no real guidelines that cover this field. With one in five Australians experiencing a mental illness in any year, a researcher at the Melbourne School of Design says it’s worth considering how to design the spaces in which therapy takes place. Stephanie Liddicoat is nearing the completion of her …

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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 Illness Need Not Be a Death Sentence, Allan Fels Warns

People with a serious mental illness are dying on average 14 to 23 years earlier than other Australians, prompting a push for a ­national focus on delivering longer, healthier, happier lives. National Mental Health Commission chairman Allan Fels said yesterday it was neither acceptable nor inevitable that people with mental illness had poorer physical health and died sooner. Ahead of a speech to the ­National Press Club, Professor Fels said …

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Harvesting Your Health

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) individuals and communities continue to be a topic of focus in Australia, a nation founded on an identity of immigration. While prevalence of mental illness in these groups mirror those of a white Australian population, those from CALD backgrounds often report higher symptom severity, greater social isolation, a reduction in feelings of community, and are often less likely to be formerly diagnosed. There is a …

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Victoria Commits $500,000 For LGBTQ Mental Health Ahead Of ‘Damaging’ Plebiscite

Victoria prepares for marriage plebiscite, despite plans stalling. Canberra – The federal government seems to have temporarily shelved its plan to hold a plebiscite on marriage equality, but the Victorian government is still preparing for the “damaging” national vote by boosting funding to LGBTQ mental health support services. The plebiscite, first put forward by the Abbott government, has been carried on as a Turnbull administration policy. Despite plans for the vote …

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Mental health online program is developed

A world-first ‘mental health online’ program is hoping to give farmers help them deal with uncertainty and unexpected developments as reported by ABC. Lead researcher Kate Fennell said mental health online will help farmers who live with a mental illness and also help prevent mental health issues. “It is different from anything else because it helps farmers learn how to deal with things beyond their control. They will also learn …

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Sue Murray, Suicide Prevention Australia joins us

Suicide Prevention Australia: We are pleased to announce Ms Sue Murray, Chief Executive Officer , Suicide Prevention Australia as a Keynote Speaker at The 17th International Mental Health Conference. The 2016 two day Conference will be held at Sea World Resort Conference Centre on the Gold Coast, 11 -12 August 2016. Sue Murray will be presenting ‘Towards a National Suicide Prevention Strategy’. For decades there has been significant effort made …

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Tony Holland CEO of OzHelp Foundation to present on the men’s mental health and the workplace

Tony Holland, Chief Executive Officer, OzHelp Foundation will present at the 16th International Mental Health Conference at QT Hotel, Gold Coast 12-14 August 2015. Abstract Title: Healthy Men at Work, Healthy Men for Life Abstract: There is no doubt the cost to business and the wider community is huge when workplaces are unhealthy, and it takes just a few simple steps to make a big difference. Since our inception more than 12 …

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Mental health dodges funding review bullet

Originally published on The Land 10 April 2015 by Ruth Caskey A commitment to mental health funding for the next financial year has been welcomed by service providers as the government continues its review of programs and services. The federal government has extended the current funding, with $300 million for community-based mental health programs for a further 12 months. Until last week’s announcement, many regional mental health care workers faced uncertainty …

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