Perinatal and Infant Mental Health (PIMH) in Rural and Remote Queensland

Over recent decades, strong evidence has emerged that the foundations for a child’s growth and development are laid in the early years, from conception to around age 3. Perinatal mental health issues (PIMH) can impair a parent’s ability to provide responsive care to their child, and a range of issues can interfere with the development of a secure attachment relationship between parent and infant. Preventing long-term negative impacts on the …

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One in three who attempt suicide receive no follow up support

The Canberra Times, 3 September 2015. One in three Australians arriving at hospital after attempting suicide is receiving no mental health follow-up care, with many having their behaviour dismissed by hospital staff as attention seeking, according to a national research report released on Thursday. The study by NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention and the Black Dog Institute shows 60,000 Australians attempting suicide every year, with 2500 dying …

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Australia lagging on funding for mental health services

Article Australia lagging on funding for mental health services, says Mental Illness Fellowship Published by ABC News 11 May 2015 By Katherine Gregory Services limited: health workers Mental health workers are concerned schizophrenia treatments, beyond clinical services, are still limited. “People with schizophrenia make up half the case loads of the public mental health services in most places,” said David Meldrum, the executive director of the Mental Illness Fellowship Australia (MIFA). …

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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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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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The National Mental Health Commission: reviews, report cards and reform

The National Mental Health Commission has been tasked by the Australian Government to undertake an independent review of the mental health system. This review is examining existing mental health services and programmes across all levels of government, and the private and non-government sectors. It is focussing on efficiency, effectiveness, gaps, duplication and unnecessary red tape. It will provide pragmatic advice on how we invest and what we invest in to help …

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Funding for Mental Health in Australia

THE HON PETER DUTTON MP MINISTER FOR HEALTH MINISTER FOR SPORT MEDIA RELEASE  –  FUNDING FOR MENTAL HEALTH The Australian Government has provided $170 million for the continuation of 150 programs as part of its ongoing commitment to mental health. The Minister for Health Peter Dutton said the funding would see the projects continue their work through 2014-15. “It is essential to ensure the continuity for mental health services, suicide …

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Bathurst psychiatrist says changes to local mental health services could be fatal

By Natalie Whiting Posted Fri 22 Nov 2013, 7:08am AEDT There are concerns mental health services in the region could be severely impacted if travel funding for visiting psychiatrists is cut. Bathurst psychiatrist, Doctor Andrew Frukacz, says the Western Local Health District has decided to stop paying for the travel of visiting psychiatrists from December 1. Doctor Frukacz says the changes mean he’ll no longer be able to visit Dubbo …

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