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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Rural and Remote Mental Health – Innovation and Opportunity

Rural and Remote Mental Health in Australia – Innovation and Opportunity Mental health services in rural and remote Australia have unique challenges compared to metropolitan centres due to distance, remoteness and isolation. These challenges can create barriers to the effective provision of services. However they also provide the opportunity for the application of innovative approaches and technological advances. The 7th Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium will be held …

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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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Glove Box Guide to Mental Health

NSW Farmers launch Glove Box Guide to Mental Health NSW Farmers president Fiona Simson has launched a new Glove Box Guide to Mental Health at the association’s head office in St Leonards. “The Glove Box Guide is a great initiative for getting the word around on what assistance is out there for people in rural and regional areas,” Ms Simson said. “That’s why NSW Farmers is a proud sponsor of …

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Incorporating Evidence Based e-Mental Health Resources into Primary Care

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. “Incorporating Evidence Based e-Mental Health Resources into Primary Care” Over the last two decades the internet has provided a platform for the development …

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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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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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