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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