The Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (RFDS) Mental Health Team Update

Update regarding the Southeast Section of the RFDS Mental Health Team – by Glynis Thorp, Project Officer and Credentialed Mental Health Nurse. Following our attendance and poster presentation at 2016 The International Mental Health Conference we returned to our base at Broken Hill revitalised with ideas about how we can enhance our services that we provide to our clients and potential clients in remote outback locations in New South Wales, …

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At the mental health coalface

As key meeting places in rural areas, saleyards can provide a wonderful forum for people to meet and potentially start conversations about the particular mental health challenges their communities face. That’s why ALMA chairman Steve Loan said the presentation from Trevor Hazell, who oversees the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program, was “…one of the most important speeches we’ve ever had at a conference”. Mr Loan said his community of Coonabarabran, …

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Rural doctor reflects on changes in treating mental health

ABC Rural We often talk about the patients in rural communities dealing with mental health issues, but what about the doctors who help them? Many young medical students are sent to rural and remote communities as a requirement for their studies, preparation not offered to those before them. Queensland doctor and academic, Tarun Sen Gupta has worked in medicine for more than 30 years. At the age of 24 he …

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Drought assistance extended

The Land DROUGHT assistance has been extended to the communities of Richmond and Barcoo in Queensland and Coonamble in NSW. They are now eligible to participate in the federal government’s new Drought Communities Programme to assist in building infrastructure. In a joint statement, Agriculture and Water Minister Barnaby Joyce and Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said the decision to extend the Drought Communities Programme was based on an update and …

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Goondiwindi farmer encourages conversations around mental health and depression

ABC Rural, 11 September 2015. As Australia marked R U OK? day this week, with the aim of combating depression and suicide by encouraging people to check on the welfare of friends, colleagues and family, one farmer reflected on his own mental health struggles. Five years ago, Dave Woods, a farmer from northwest of Goondiwindi, shared his story about coping with depression with the ABC. At the time Mr Woods …

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One in three who attempt suicide receive no follow up support

The Canberra Times, 3 September 2015. One in three Australians arriving at hospital after attempting suicide is receiving no mental health follow-up care, with many having their behaviour dismissed by hospital staff as attention seeking, according to a national research report released on Thursday. The study by NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention and the Black Dog Institute shows 60,000 Australians attempting suicide every year, with 2500 dying …

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Early Bird Registration Closing Soon!

You are invited to The 7th Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium, held from the 26 – 28 October 2015 at the Novotel Forest Resort Creswick, VIC. Early Bird registration for the Conference will close Friday 18 September so make sure you have registered and paid by close of business 18 September 2015. In 2014, this event sold out so you are encouraged to register at your earliest convenience to secure …

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Lack of rural mental health services puts youth at risk

Originally Published by The Daily Examiner 12th Aug 2015 RURAL and regional children are struggling to find the right mental health support according to an in depth Federal report into the mental wellbeing of our youth. The Mental Health of Children and Adolescents report released by the Federal Ministry for Health revealed startling figures of young people dealing with mental illness. A lack of access to mental health services in …

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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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