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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Rural obesity is high

Rural Obesity Stefan Juengling, The West Australian September 23, 2013, 3:33 pm A recent report has found WA residents living in rural and remote areas have higher rates of mental illness and obesity. The report, compiled by Thinktank Lateral Economics, states that people living in rural areas have less specialised support and have to deal with a greater stigma relating to mental illness. It also found the rate of obesity …

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The Future of Mental Health Services and Psychiatry

Prof Philip Morris, President, Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association opened the 14th International Mental Health Conference at the Outrigger, Surfers Paradise in August 2013. The conference focused on the complex mental health issues of Depression, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder and Dementia. You can view the address titled “The Future of Mental Health Services and Psychiatry” here…  

Victorian farmers get a ‘night off’ after a spike in suicides

ABC By Kirsten Veness 15 Aug 2013 A recent spike in farmer suicides in south-western Victoria has prompted hundreds of farmers to gather in Warrnambool to tackle the issue of depression. About 600 people gathered for the “Farmer’s Night Off” event 14 August 2013.  While the evening was positive and light-hearted, there was also a very serious side. Gary Smith, the organiser, who is also a member of the group …

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‘Life not worth living’ say many young men

ABC News 29 July More than 10 per cent of young men in rural, regional and remote NSW have thought about taking their own lives according to new research. And the survey which has uncovered this alarming data has also delivered evidence that online methods of engagement could revolutionise treatment of mental illness and wider health issues. “This is not just about health services; this is about how we change …

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Down and out in the Bush, women’s experiences of depression in rural Australia

The 14th International Mental Health Conference is being held at the Outrigger, Surfers Paradise on Monday the 5th and Tuesday the 6th of August 2013. Many topics will be explored including that being presented by Stephanie Johnson on the experiences and support needs for rural Australian women experiencing major depression. It is argued that women’s experiences and experiential knowledge and the challenges faced by people with mental health issues living in the …

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Join Prof Pat Dudgeon and present at the Rural & Remote Mental Health Conference

Prof Pat Dudgeon will deliver the Opening Keynote presentation at the Rural & Remote Mental Health Conference. Prof Dudgeon is acknowledged as Australia’s first Indigenous Psychologist. From the Bardi people of the Kimberley, Pat is known for her passionate work in psychology and Indigenous issues and her leadership in Indigenous higher education. Pat serves on the Australian Govt’s National Mental Health Commission, is the Chair of Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association …

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Internet a Vital Connection for People with Mental Illness – Report

Many people with a mental illness are turning to the internet and social media to manage their lives, overcome isolation and stay connected, according to new research by the national mental health charity SANE Australia. The research surveyed 605 respondents via an anonymous online survey, and found that people with a mental illness are enthusiastic users of the internet and social media to manage their lives and make social connections. …

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