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 …

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Promoting mental health – are we focussing on the most needy sector of our rural communities?

A study that investigated the relationship between levels of mental health and well-being (in terms of self-reported levels of distress) with employment and occupational status of rural residents was undertaken as a component of the Australian Rural Mental Health Study and reported. Psychological distress was measured using Kessler-10, with an additional item addressing functional impairment (days out of role). The highest levels of distress and functional impairment were reported by …

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14th Pacific Rim College of Psychiatrists Scientific Meeting is being held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

The 14th Pacific Rim College of Psychiatrists Scientific Meeting is being held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from the 28th – 30th October 2010. The conference program will feature over 140 presenters. The list of Keynote, Workshop and Symposium speakers and topics can be viewed here. Conference registration is now open online. You can view full details here