The Black Dog Institute’s online MAP – Using the Internet to help GPs Diagnose and Treat Mood Disorders

The Black Dog Institute’s online Mood Assessment Program (MAP) is a diagnostic tool available free of charge to GPs and Psychologists throughout Australia. It is an invaluable aid in the management of mood disorders. The online MAP provides a reliable second opinion in the diagnosis in mood disorders that is especially helpful to practitioners who are working in rural and remote locations, or where specialist psychiatric support is difficult to …

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Mental Health Emergency Care – Rural Access Program (MHEC-RAP).

Large distances and staff shortages mean that rural hospitals are unable to provide skilled mental health assessments and management for patients with mental health emergencies. The response is costly and often dangerous transportation to distant inpatient psychiatric units, often with police and ambulance. Frequently, such transfers are later seen as unnecessary. The Mental Health Emergency Care (MHEC) provides thorough assessment by video-link by 24/7 mental health nursing staff who have …

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3rd Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium – Impacts & Outcomes

You are invited to join us in November 2011 when we will examine the impacts & outcomes of social, financial and environmental issues on Mental Health Clients and their Service Providers in Rural & Remote communities in Australia. “In 1991 a national study of 2000 GP’s concluded the rates of depression in Urban and Regional areas were similar. The same study conducted in 2001 saw a marked increase in depression …

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The Occurence Of Depression Increasing During Financial Crisis Due To Income Inequalities

Due to the recent economic crisis, an increase of health inequalities between socio-economic groups has been noticed in both developed and developing countries. The World Health Organization, the World Bank and the United Nations Development Programme have all reported these inequalities and emphasized its importance and made this issue a priority. There is evidence that such inequalities not only affect general health, but have a particular impact on mental health. …

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Mental illness can bring a massive paycut

Danny Rose, AAP From Sydney Morning Herald February 1, 2011 Mental illness can represent a massive pay cut, according to Australian research which has calculated its cost in forcing people to leave the workforce early. The study found people who experienced depression or other mental health problems were up to $250,000 worse off, or they had around half the accumulated wealth, compared to their healthy peers around retirement age. Professor …

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Flooding and it’s Impact on Mental Health Australia – GP Fact Sheet

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) has developed a general practice fact sheet providing useful information and resources to help with the impact of flood in relation to mental health. GPs have been reported to be the most consulted group of health care professionals for people with mental illness, with 71 percent of patients in Australia initially presenting to their GP. Thus, it is likely that GPs will …

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Thoughts on Carers & Consumers in Rural & Remote Areas in Australia

Carers – Rural and Remote: The ongoing impacts on the lives of mental health carers in rural and remote Australia are significant. Services for the consumer are much less available than in the city and the carer becomes a defacto ‘case manager’. The impacts on the carers’ life and health, immediate and long term finances, job and educational prospects form part of their concerns and are quite separate from their …

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Mental health a top Aussie worry

Peter Wilson, Europe correspondentFrom: The Australian November 03, 2010 12:00AM GLOBAL warming and mental health problems provoke more public concern in Australia than in any other country covered by an international survey. When people in eight countries that have almost half the world’s population were asked to choose the greatest challenges facing their country, 37 per cent of Australians named global warming compared with an overall average of 25 per …

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Mental health staff should fly-in, fly-out of bush: Rural Doctors Association

By Jane BardonTuesday, 10/10/2006 The Rural Doctors Association of Australia is suggesting the federal and state governments should provide fly-in, fly-out mental health services to offset staff shortages in regional and remote areas. It says the federal government’s announcement yesterday it’s expanding access to mental health staff under Medicare and setting up new rural clinics will not be effective unless workers can be persuaded to go to work in the …

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