Alison Fairleigh Making Inroads Into Rural and Regional General Practitioner Mental Health

Congratulations Alison Fairleigh (Senior Manager – Community Engagement) of selectability on being a recipient of the David Horn Memorial Medal, which was presented to her at the Rural Doctor’s Association of Queensland (RDAQ) 2017 Awards. Alison was recognised for her service to rural medicine. For several years now, Alison has been working with medical students to help prepare them for life in rural Australia, including caring for their own mental health. She …

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Journeys of Rural Mental Health Consumers

‘Let me be the driver’ – I have removed the case’ – journeys of rural mental health consumers Reflecting back to the Mantra on Salt Kingscliff conference – its beautiful location and the topics of presentation, discussions and debate – further reinforces and builds on my thoughts of consumers being the driver of their own care. A number of presentations at the conference followed this theme and as we move …

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Join us at the 2017 Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium

Join us this October 11-13 at the 9th Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium  at the Commercial Club in Albury, NSW. Topics Include: Structural Reform Harnessing Digital Information Looking after the rural mental health workforce Integrated Care, physical and mental health Innovative Practices Indigenous Mental Health Child and Youth Mental Health Abstract Submission is now open! Join us as we explore this year’s conference theme of ‘Impacts & Outcomes, Putting People …

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At the mental health coalface

As key meeting places in rural areas, saleyards can provide a wonderful forum for people to meet and potentially start conversations about the particular mental health challenges their communities face. That’s why ALMA chairman Steve Loan said the presentation from Trevor Hazell, who oversees the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program, was “…one of the most important speeches we’ve ever had at a conference”. Mr Loan said his community of Coonabarabran, …

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Government urged to address ‘epidemic’ Indigenous suicide rates in remote Australia

Aboriginal communities across the nation are calling on the Federal Government to urgently address what they describe as an “epidemic” of Indigenous suicides in remote Australia. The crisis is most acute in the remote Kimberley region of Western Australia, where a 10-year-old girl recently hung herself. Indigenous leaders there say the Federal Government must act now to prevent further deaths. The call comes as the first-ever National Aboriginal and Torres …

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One in three who attempt suicide receive no follow up support

The Canberra Times, 3 September 2015. One in three Australians arriving at hospital after attempting suicide is receiving no mental health follow-up care, with many having their behaviour dismissed by hospital staff as attention seeking, according to a national research report released on Thursday. The study by NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention and the Black Dog Institute shows 60,000 Australians attempting suicide every year, with 2500 dying …

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Lack of rural mental health services puts youth at risk

Originally Published by The Daily Examiner 12th Aug 2015 RURAL and regional children are struggling to find the right mental health support according to an in depth Federal report into the mental wellbeing of our youth. The Mental Health of Children and Adolescents report released by the Federal Ministry for Health revealed startling figures of young people dealing with mental illness. A lack of access to mental health services in …

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Rural and Remote Mental Health and Suicide Prevention: An Update on Progress

Mr David Butt,  CEO of the National Mental Health Commission, will present an update on the progress in rural and remote mental health and suicide prevention in a Keynote presentation at the 7th Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium.  The Symposium will be held at the Novotel Forest Resort Creswick, Victoria 26 – 28 November 2015. Keynote Presenter: David Butt David Butt was appointed CEO of the National Mental Health Commission in January 2014. David …

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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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Emerald agencies get together to improve mental health

People with a mental illness don’t just need services specifically related to mental health, they may also be using other services such as housing, employment, government or even justice. That’s why it’s important that all of these agencies have an understanding of what each other does so that they can help people more effectively. Katherine Armstrong is the Partners in Recovery facilitator for Anglicare in Emerald who came up with …

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