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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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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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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18th International Mental Health Conference

The 18th International Mental Health Conference will be held at the Conference Centre, Sea World Resort, Gold Coast, Queensland from Monday 21 – Wednesday 23 August 2017.  This is a must attend event in the sector and applications to present and registration are now open. Presentations can address the following topic areas: Indigenous Wellbeing Child and Youth Mental Health Mental Health and the Elderly e-health, Innovative Uses of Technology and Social …

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Voicebox, a Partners in Recovery Gold Coast initiative.

The innovative Voicebox program, a Partners in Recovery Gold Coast initiative, offering training in advocacy and peer research has empowered a group of Gold Coast residents to help drive improvements in access to mental health services and reduce community stigma of mental illness. The Voicebox 1 and 2 projects, saw people with a lived experience of mental health issues attend a series of workshops to improve skills in advocacy, peer …

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We don’t know enough about mental health in Australian medical students

The highly regarded Journal of the American Medical Association has published a comprehensive review examining the prevalence of depression, depressive symptoms and suicidal thoughts among medical students. The pooled findings of 195 studies from 47 countries demonstrated that the mental health of medical students is a significant global problem. Overall, around a quarter of students screened positive for symptoms of depression, and one in ten reported suicidal thoughts. The authors …

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Pets can help people manage serious mental illness, study finds.

There is significant evidence owning a pet has benefits for general wellbeing, but new research has found that pets can also play an important role in the daily management of long-term mental illness. When people living with serious mental illness were asked what helped them manage their condition, many put their pets right near the top of the list. In the study, published in BMC Psychiatry, 60 per cent of …

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