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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An Outline of Recovery Based, Psychology Focussed Therapeutic Groups in an Inpatient Mental Health Unit

The Adult Mental Health Unit (AMHU) at The Canberra Hospital is an acute inpatient unit that provides treatment for people with severe mental health problems. The 37 bed unit which opened in 2012 is one of the most modern of its kind in Australia. At AMHU treatment consists of a combination of pharmacological and psychosocial interventions based upon a recovery orientated framework that is designed to empower people and instil …

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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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MateCheck – The Award-Winning Mental Health and Safety Platform

MateCheck specialise in mental health and safety in the workplace.  This unique and comprehensive platform has won numerous awards for its innovation and application to improving the health and safety of employees. MateCheck are bridging the crippling gap between employees who need support and don’t have access. Employees are provided immediate access to free and confidential supports at the touch of a button – no searching for phone numbers, no call …

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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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Cultural Identity and Participation In Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children

The Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health has reported on the importance of cultural identity and cultural participation as key protective factors essential to the development of strong and resilient Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. International research shows that cultural programs conducted with Aboriginal young people has led to improved self-esteem, school attendance, school completion rates, reading skills and academic performance. It was these key pieces of research …

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CASPER – Psychosocial Interventions for Older Adults

The University of York’s Kate Bosanquet provides a closer look at the CASPER Trial in collaborative care for depression in older adults. Why? There is currently very little in the way of psychological treatment offered for older adults. Some NHS services are leading the way in this, with real progress being made towards improving access to psychological therapies; however, there is a clear disparity across the UK when it comes …

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Parenting With a Mental Illness

When you meet 34-year-old mother-of-two Narelle* for the first time, you’re not actually meeting her, but her ‘representative’ as she tells it. “She’s the one who laughs and smiles a lot and says all of the right things so that people walk away thinking what a capable and loving mother she is,” Narelle admits. “It’s not so bad when I only have to endure short interactions, but it makes things …

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