Using Technology to Close the Gap in Mental Health Care

Most health professionals would agree that not everyone in Australia with a mental health problem gets the help that they need. Anecdotal evidence in the media and from community members also supports this assertion. In 2014 the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare reported that only 70% of Australians who have a mental health problem receive any professional health at all. It remains unclear how many people who need help …

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The Efficacy of a Self-Help Program for Women Survivors of Domestic Violence

According to the Australian Personal Safety Survey (ABS, 2012), 16.9% of women (1,479,900) and 5% of men (448,000) have experienced violence from an intimate partner since the age of 15.  And 25% of women and 14% of men over the age of 18 have experienced emotional abuse from their intimate partner. Dr. Lenore Walker developed the Cycle of Violence diagram in 1979 to reflect the phases that consistently occur within …

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Evaluation of Recovery-Oriented Programme for the Persons with Severe Mental Illness (SMI) in Hong Kong

Using Innovative Recovery Journal into Practice: Evaluation of Recovery-Oriented Programme for the Persons with Severe Mental Illness (SMI) in Hong Kong – an Update Mr Siu Kei Leung Advanced Practice Nurse, Kwai Chung Hospital, Hospital Authority. From January 2015 to December 2015, my research teammates continued to evaluate the recovery-oriented case management outreach practice for the persons with Severe Mental illness (SMI) in Personalised Care Program. There were 180 PIRs …

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Supporting consumer self-management through staff education

Supporting consumer self-management through staff education: The sensory approaches e-Learning project Written by: Dr Pamela Meredith The use of sensory approaches in mental health contexts has increasingly been recognised for its potential to support people with a mental illness to develop self-regulatory strategies. These approaches are compatible with the person-centred, trauma-informed, recovery approaches preferred in mental health, and have been shown to support decreased use of seclusion and restraint in …

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Key Issues around Peer Workers within regional contexts

Hurley, J., Hutchinson, M., Cashin, A., & Kozlowski, D. School Health and Human Sciences, Southern Cross University. Peer Workers (PW) are an emerging group within the landscape of the Australian mental health workforce. However, there is a lack of quantitative empirical evidence in the current international literature that unambiguously supports the positive impact and efficiency of PWs (Lloyd- Evans, et al., 2014). The gold standard Cochran review process was undertaken …

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Mental Health and the Law

Caroline Counsel worked for many years at VCAT in the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal hearing cases against solicitors.  They were often isolated, unsupported and mentally unwell people struggling with their legal practices and often being abused by their fellow partners.  One practitioner was in hospital suffering from a mental breakdown and the attitude of his then partners was to load up boxes of files, take them to the hospital, present him with …

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Quality of Life in Caregivers of a Family Member with Serious Mental Illness

Authors: Anli Leng1, Caifen Xu2, Stephen Nicholas3, Jennifer Nicholas4, Jian Wang1 1 School of Public Health, Shandong University, 44 Wenhuaxi Road, Jinan, Shandong, China,250012 2 The Affiliated Hospital of North China University of Science & Technology Tangshan, Hebei, China,063000 3 School of  Economics and School of Management, Tianjin Normal University, West Bin Shui Avenue, Tianjin, 300074;Research Institute of International Strategies, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Baiyun Avenue North, Guangzhou, 510420;School of International …

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The Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (RFDS) Mental Health Team Update

Update regarding the Southeast Section of the RFDS Mental Health Team – by Glynis Thorp, Project Officer and Credentialed Mental Health Nurse. Following our attendance and poster presentation at 2016 The International Mental Health Conference we returned to our base at Broken Hill revitalised with ideas about how we can enhance our services that we provide to our clients and potential clients in remote outback locations in New South Wales, …

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Adolescent Internet Addiction

The roles of Parent-and-Child Mental Health and Parental Internet Addiction in Adolescent Internet Addiction Lawrence T. Lam Internet Addiction (IA) is a growing problem particularly among young people. Mental health in adolescents, such as Attention Deficit disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, anxiety, and hostility, have been reported as co-morbidities of IA. On the other hand, familial and parental factors of adolescence IA have also been drawing attention and there has been …

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Collaboration and partnerships within an integrated response.

Gold Coast Police Domestic and Family Violence Taskforce – Collaboration and partnerships within an integrated response. Detective Inspector Marc Hogan, Queensland Police Service, Gold Coast District Domestic and Family Violence Task Force. The Queensland Police Service (QPS) Gold Coast Domestic and Family Violence Taskforce commenced on 15 January 2016. The Gold Coast is Australia’s sixth largest city serviced by over 850 police officers performing generals and specialist duties. The taskforce …

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