Improving Employment Outcomes for People with a Mental Illness: Progress in the Hunter New England Region of NSW

Engagement in employment has been associated with significant financial, social and health benefits for people with a mental illness. However, as a population, people with mental illness experience high levels of unemployment and often have difficulty accessing services to support them. Literature indicates that people with a psychotic illness have the worst employment outcomes of any disability group. Given the onset of mental illness often occurs in late adolescence, there …

Continue reading

Youth Ask the South Australian Government Not to Close Down Eating Disorder Unit

Young people have asked the South Australian government not to risk their lives by closing an eating disorder unit. As parliament sat for the second time this year, a second protest mounted the steps of parliament house to complain about Premier Mike Rann’s government. On Monday, it was more than 50 logging trucks and a thousand people protesting plans to sell off future forestry harvests. On Tuesday, Georgia Taylor, 22, …

Continue reading

Mental illness can bring a massive paycut

Danny Rose, AAP From Sydney Morning Herald February 1, 2011 Mental illness can represent a massive pay cut, according to Australian research which has calculated its cost in forcing people to leave the workforce early. The study found people who experienced depression or other mental health problems were up to $250,000 worse off, or they had around half the accumulated wealth, compared to their healthy peers around retirement age. Professor …

Continue reading

Flooding and it’s Impact on Mental Health Australia – GP Fact Sheet

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) has developed a general practice fact sheet providing useful information and resources to help with the impact of flood in relation to mental health. GPs have been reported to be the most consulted group of health care professionals for people with mental illness, with 71 percent of patients in Australia initially presenting to their GP. Thus, it is likely that GPs will …

Continue reading

Thoughts on Carers & Consumers in Rural & Remote Areas in Australia

Carers – Rural and Remote: The ongoing impacts on the lives of mental health carers in rural and remote Australia are significant. Services for the consumer are much less available than in the city and the carer becomes a defacto ‘case manager’. The impacts on the carers’ life and health, immediate and long term finances, job and educational prospects form part of their concerns and are quite separate from their …

Continue reading

How to help psychologically during – and after – the floods

Thousands of Queenslanders have been affected by the recent floods that have disrupted lives and created much distress, cutting off homes and even entire towns and causing the evacuation of  thousands. Kevin Ronan, a Rockhampton resident and Chair of the Australian Psychological Society’s Disaster Reference Group, said: “There is no doubt that many people are going to be highly distressed by these events, but I have witnessed a great sense …

Continue reading

The federal government says it is spending more than ever before on mental health services

The federal government says it is spending more than ever before on mental health services but admits it can do better.Mental Health Minister Mark Butler said the National Mental Health Report 2010 showed total mental health spending by governments and private insurers rose by 10 per cent in real terms to $5.32 billion. The report incorporates data for 2007-08, covering the final period of the former government and the first …

Continue reading

Post-natal depression and smoking cessation before, during and after pregnancy

Background: A substantial proportion of women give up smoking before, during and after pregnancy. It is estimated that between 7% to 17% of post-partum women may experience depression, with a higher risk among those women with a history of clinical depression. However, little is known about the relationship between maternal mental health and smoking cessation. Our longitudinal study explores whether post-natal depression is related to changes in patterns of tobacco …

Continue reading

Defence eyes states for health overhaul

Sean Parnell, FOI editor From: The Australian November 08, 2010 12:00AM MORE medics will work in public hospitals and dozens of military clinics will close in a major restructuring of defence health services. There will also be a greater emphasis on rehabilitation and mental health care. As operations in Afghanistan become more dangerous and protracted, multi-disciplinary health hubs are being established on home bases and new links formed with state …

Continue reading

Mental health a top Aussie worry

Peter Wilson, Europe correspondentFrom: The Australian November 03, 2010 12:00AM GLOBAL warming and mental health problems provoke more public concern in Australia than in any other country covered by an international survey. When people in eight countries that have almost half the world’s population were asked to choose the greatest challenges facing their country, 37 per cent of Australians named global warming compared with an overall average of 25 per …

Continue reading