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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Michael Burge to Keynote at the 7th Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium

Michael Burge will present at the  7th Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium being held at the Novotel Forest Resort Creswick (Vic) 26-28 October 2015. Speaker Bio: Michael Burge is a retired Army Warrant Officer of 20 years service and has been advocating for consumers and carers for approx 20 years (seven years with Veterans’ Affairs and 13 years with Qld Mental Health). He has represented consumers and carers …

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Minister for Health to present Keynote at Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium

The  7th Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium is pleased to announced the Hon Sussan Ley MP, Minister for Health and Minister for Sport, will present at Keynote 26 October 2015 at the Novotel Forest Resort Creswick (Vic). Keynote Bio: Sussan Ley’s career path has been wonderfully varied, with odd jobs on the way to a pilot’s license – roles as an air traffic controller, stock-mustering pilot and occasional …

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E-mental health treatment could help remote areas according to Keynote David Butt

Full article entitled Online chat rooms could be future of remote mental health, experts says published on ABC News 25 May 2015 by Katherine Gregory Mental health experts say people living in remote, regional and rural parts of Australia are more vulnerable to mental health problems because of poor socio-economic conditions and a lack of accessible services. The Mental Health Commission’s chief executive David Butt said bad housing, high unemployment and chronic diseases …

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NT govt launches suicide prevention plan

Article published in The Australia 10 April 2015 About 40 people take their own lives each year in the Northern Territory, with deaths on the increase among young and indigenous people. Although overall suicides have decreased over the past eight years, the territory still has Australia’s highest suicide rates among indigenous people and the young. The territory government is spending an extra $3 million a year to improve mental health …

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Mental health dodges funding review bullet

Originally published on The Land 10 April 2015 by Ruth Caskey A commitment to mental health funding for the next financial year has been welcomed by service providers as the government continues its review of programs and services. The federal government has extended the current funding, with $300 million for community-based mental health programs for a further 12 months. Until last week’s announcement, many regional mental health care workers faced uncertainty …

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Mental health funding welcomed

NEW funding to boost training on mental health for youth workers in regional and rural areas across the State will improve the lives of thousands of young people across NSW, and likely prevent significant numbers of youth suicides, says the NSW Minister for Mental Health, Jai Rowell. This week the state government announced it will subside the education of youth workers currently working across regional, rural and remote NSW, so …

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Unorthodox approach to mental-health care pays off

Sydney Morning Herald Dr Siva Bala, a regional psychiatrist with the Kimberley mental-health and drug service, says he has to dispense with some conventions of traditional psychiatry to forge ties with remote indigenous communities. Adopting an overly formal approach to consultation or relying on office or hospital-based environments can be detrimental, he has found. It is often more appropriate to see patients on their own terms, Bala says. ‘‘Seeing them …

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Rural Mental Health consultation in WA

Australian Greens spokesperson for Mental Health, Senator Penny Wright, travelled to Western Australia in early June to begin the first leg of an Australian-wide tour to hear about the unique issues affecting mental health care services for Australians living in rural, regional and remote areas. Senator Wright said while the Federal Government had injected a significant amount of funding into mental health over the past two years, people living in …

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