Funding cuts to psychiatrists in western NSW lead to mental health concerns

Natalie Whiting reported this story on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 18:18:00 (ABC NEWS) Listen to the audio here DAVID MARK: There are concerns that funding cuts for psychiatrists in western New South Wales could have fatal consequences. Three psychiatrists who regularly visit the major western centre of Dubbo will stop their trips following a decision by the local health district to stop paying for their travel. With a drought once …

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Bathurst psychiatrist says changes to local mental health services could be fatal

By Natalie Whiting Posted Fri 22 Nov 2013, 7:08am AEDT There are concerns mental health services in the region could be severely impacted if travel funding for visiting psychiatrists is cut. Bathurst psychiatrist, Doctor Andrew Frukacz, says the Western Local Health District has decided to stop paying for the travel of visiting psychiatrists from December 1. Doctor Frukacz says the changes mean he’ll no longer be able to visit Dubbo …

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Mental Health Boost via Online Plans

By JODIE STEPHENS  Nov. 23, 2013, 1 a.m. TASMANIAN researchers hope several in-development computer programs will change the way mental health services are delivered to remote and rural communities. Researchers at the University of Tasmania are looking at innovative ways that they can help people take control of their mental health issues at home, following the success of similar interventions like the Australian National University’s Moodgym. School of psychology masters …

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Program offers hope to communities struggling with suicide

By Laurissa Smith ABC RURAL Rural communities grappling with suicide in NSW now have access to a new program that supports people with mental health problems. The NSW Government is trialling the resource at Hay in the western Riverina and Walgett in the state’s north-west. NSW Minister for Mental Health Kevin Humphries says these communities recognised they needed help with suicide prevention strategies. “Suicide has a different impact in small …

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Mental Health Workers perspectives on Rural practice

Mental health work can potentially have positive and/or negative effects on professionals. Positive effects include the mental health worker feeling positive about being able to help, an experience referred to as compassion satisfaction (Stamm, 2010). They are also at risk of experiencing emotional exhaustion or burnout, symptoms of compassion fatigue (Stamm, 2010). In addition, rural mental health workers may face stressors of professional isolation, work overload and ethical dilemmas unique …

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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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