Victorian Researchers Awarded $270 Million to Develop Next Generation Breakthroughs

Melbourne’s world-class researchers have been handed more than 40 per cent of Australia’s latest medical research funding to spearhead the next generation of advances. Research into cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and mental health have been given the greatest priority under $640 million worth of medical research grants to be announced by the Turnbull Government today. Victoria’s leading institutes and hospitals will receive the biggest slice of the research spending, provided …

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Using Psychological Formulation in Inpatient Mental Health Settings – Helping People Make Sense of Their Problems

Inpatient mental health settings are traditionally guided by the medical model, with treatment focusing primarily on psychiatric diagnosis and pharmacological interventions. A drawback of this approach is that people may feel labelled and not fully understood as individuals. To address this, the author advocates greater use of psychological formulation on inpatient mental health units. A psychological formulation may include: Present Problems – Focusing on individual symptoms that are problematic for …

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One Man’s Story of Suffering From Male Postnatal Depression

From the moment Mark found out his wife was pregnant, he longed to cradle his newborn child in his arms. But, when a midwife gently handed over his baby boy, Ethan, in the operating room, Mark was surprised to feel absolutely nothing. ‘It was like a stranger had come into my life,’ the former salesman from Bridgend, Wales tells ELLE UK. ‘I didn’t get that overwhelming feeling of love for my …

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The National Organisation for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Australia (NOFASD)

What is the National Organisation for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Australia? The National Organisation for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Australia (NOFASD) is the national peak organisation representing the interests of individuals and families living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). NOFASD Australia has a strong commitment to FASD prevention at a primary, secondary and early intervention level. What services do NOFASD offer? NOFASD Australia specialise in the delivery of education …

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Professional Indemnity Insurance for Members of the Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association

What is Professional Indemnity insurance? Professional Indemnity insurance safeguards your business by providing cover against such claims, including legal defence costs. So you can confidently go about your work, knowing that if the worst happens, you’ll be supported. Why choose Aon? With Aon’s policy, you can protect yourself against claims of misconduct and patient injury and be confident that they negotiate strongly with leading insurers on your behalf. Aon offers …

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Livewire, Starlight’s Adolescent Program Trialled at Royal Children’s Hospital

Since 1988, the Starlight Children’s Foundation (Starlight) has been delivering programs in partnership with health professionals to support children, young people and their families who are living with a serious illness or health condition. Starlight is the broadest reaching children’s charity in Australia, supporting children and teenagers with all types of serious illness, including mental health conditions. Young people represent over 20% of admissions at some paediatric hospitals and typically …

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Compulsory Mental Health Treatment: Know Your Rights, Have Your Say

In Victoria, 10,000 people a year are placed on compulsory mental health treatment orders.  For many, this can feel like their self-determination is lost and their voice is not heard.   In August 2015, Independent Mental Health Advocacy, (IMHA) was established to provide a free independent advocacy and information service to people receiving compulsory mental health treatment in Victoria. IMHA was designed to assist people to retain a degree of choice …

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Retention of Early Career Health Professionals Working in Rural and Remote Australia

The reality gap: A grounded theory whole-of-life explanation of turnover intention of early career rural-based community mental health professionals. This study focused on retention of early career (0-5 years after graduating) health professionals working in rural and remote Australia. Some of Australia’s most severe and protracted workforce shortages are in public sector mental health and, within this sector, community mental health (CMH) services experience critical staffing shortages and high staff …

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Equally Well: Improving the Physical Health of People Living with Mental Illness

Join us in Albury, NSW from Wednesday 11 – Friday 13 October 2017 for the 9thAustralian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium. Russell Roberts, Associate Professor of Leadership at Charles Sturt University and Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Sydney joins us this year to discuss “Equally well: Improving the physical health of people living with mental illness”. People living with mental illness die twenty years earlier than the general …

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Therapy Has Different Forms Than Chatting in a Room

Psychologist Maz Miller used to prescribe fresh air and exercise to her patients all the time, until one day she got tired of talking about it. Frustrated with the limitations of her office, she got up mid-session and took her client out for a walk. “I could tell there was something different,” she says. “The client seemed to open up a lot more; the whole session was flowing.” The results …

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