Promoting mental health – are we focussing on the most needy sector of our rural communities?

A study that investigated the relationship between levels of mental health and well-being (in terms of self-reported levels of distress) with employment and occupational status of rural residents was undertaken as a component of the Australian Rural Mental Health Study and reported. Psychological distress was measured using Kessler-10, with an additional item addressing functional impairment (days out of role). The highest levels of distress and functional impairment were reported by …

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Meeting Primary Mental Health Care Needs of the people who live in the Rural and Remote Areas of Central Australia

Since January 2010, the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Alice Springs Base has provided an outreach primary mental health service. Three Mental Health Nurses comprise this new service which covers the region north east to south east of Alice Springs. The service works in collaboration with the General Practice Network NT (Alice Springs) and the NT Mental Health Service. Aboriginal Mental Health Workers will work in conjunction with the Service to …

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Australian Rural Mental Health Symposium

SYDNEY, Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach – Wednesday 29th September – Thursday 30th September 2010 New Perspectives on Rural and Remote Mental Health• Policy initiatives• Primary interventions• Promoting recovery• Preventing relapseThe symposium will explore new perspectives within the P4 parameters by way of individual symposium papers, keynote presentations, and workshops.Using this template the Symposium streams will address;• Trauma, anxiety, depression and suicide (policy, primary interventions, promoting recovery, preventing relapse).• Service accessibility, …

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