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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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“Am I losing my marbles”

Prof. Philip Morris Over the next few years this will be a question many doctors will hear from patients. And some of us will perhaps ask this of ourselves! As the leading edge of the ‘baby boomer’ generation moves through their 60’s and 70’s many of them will start to wonder if memory complaints are the start of more serious cognitive problems or dementia. It is crucial to distinguish sinister …

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New Service for Health Care Professionals

ReachOutPro.com.au provides access and advice for health care professionals on a range of technologies and online resources that can be used to enhance the effectiveness of psychosocial support and mental health care provided to young people.    You can: Gain quick access to resources and information for young people Learn about new technologies and what they mean to young people Find answers to questions like “what is social networking?” and …

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Community resilience following natural disasters

In March 2010, rural and remote Queensland experienced major flooding from Springsure, west of Gladstone in Central Queensland, west to Bedourie and south along the NSW border which equates to an area the size of Victoria. Charleville was inundated by two major floods within a week and 140 residents were relocated to an evacuation centre at the showgrounds, appoximately 200 homes were flood affected in Roma. The town of St …

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Queensland leads the Way…

Over a year ago the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission identified the need for a national anti-stigma campaign focusing on mental health. It was one of twelve recommendations made in relation to mental health, a recommendation supported by the Federal government. Today, a State government has taken a real step towards implementing this recommendation, at least in Queensland. In welcoming today’s announcement of an $8.5 million commitment to the …

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No gold medals for government that neglects the mentally ill

Ian Hickie From: The Australian May 17, 2010 12:00AM AUSTRALIA does not win gold medals for health care. In fact, the World Health Report ranks us at number 32, way below Britain and other Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries. We do poorly because of high out-of-pocket costs, a lack of equity and poor access, particularly in primary care, mental health and oral health.Now it is clear the focus …

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Mental Health Discrimination Costs the Nation: New Report Launched

A national report was launched in Brisbane revealing how Australia can reduce the cost-burden of mental ill health on the nation.Currently, the cost of mental ill health is estimated at 3%- 4% of Australia’s GDP. The report, ‘From Discrimination to Social Inclusion: a review of the anti- stigma initiatives in mental health,’ presents the evidence from international anti- stigma mental health campaigns; and outlines recommendations for a similar Australian initiative. …

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