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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Tell us where you would like to conference in 2015 (Snapshot Poll)

The 7th Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium values your feedback – tell us where you would like to conference in 2015: Ballarat, Victoria Where the past, present and future meet. Ballarat gets your heart pulsing and taste-buds dancing with wine bars, breweries, award-winning restaurants, festivals, tracks and trails and oh so much more. It’s a melting pot of cultural and sporting events, gastronomic treasures and hints of the past. It’s …

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Homestead visits key to mental health success in rural Queensland

Not everyone wants to see a doctor when they’re feeling down, let alone a psychologist. But, it seems one service in north Queensland is finding a way help to rural families struggling through drought. Cairns-based psychologist Crispian Jones travels to stations surrounding Georgetown and Croydon for one week every month, to offer free counselling to graziers at their kitchen tables and back verandas. Mr Jones says sessions inside the home …

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Deconstructing schizophrenia among Australia’s First People

By Dr Paul Brown, The Pierre Janet Centre, Melbourne. In my sojourn as a locum psychiatrist in rural and remote Australia, I was astonished at the rate of diagnosis of schizophrenia in indigenous populations. That condition is characterised by, “abnormal social behaviour and failure to recognize what is real,”[1] and with symptoms that include confused thinking, hallucinations, delusions, social withdrawal and emotional blunting. It is associated with increased rates of suicide …

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Consumers and practitioners speaking as one voice for social change in rural and remote communities

The 6th Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium theme, The Practitioner’s Voice, seeks to give voice to practitioners who are faced with these challenges on a regular basis. Be a part of the discussion by registering for the symposium to be held 12-14 November 2014 at the Commercial Club Albury. “Walking the wire: a lived experience academic’s perspective on consumers and practitioners speaking as one voice to bring about social change in rural …

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Abstracts closing soon – Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium

The number of Australians experiencing mental health problems in rural and remote areas is estimated to be comparable to major urban centres. However, the rural and remote community faces a greater challenge with limited access to mental health services and support. The Symposium theme, The Practitioner’s Voice, seeks to give voice to those practitioners who are faced with these challenges on a regular basis. Abstracts are sort for the following …

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Mental health advocates welcome review’s rural focus

SOURCE:  ABC Rural By Anna Vidot Australia needs a more consistent approach to mental health policy, that doesn’t fluctuate with the weather. That’s the message from Dr Jennifer Bowers, from the Australasian Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health, as a national review of mental health services begins. Dr Bowers says every flood, fire or drought brings renewed attention to the challenges of delivering good mental health services outside the …

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