Emerald agencies get together to improve mental health

People with a mental illness don’t just need services specifically related to mental health, they may also be using other services such as housing, employment, government or even justice. That’s why it’s important that all of these agencies have an understanding of what each other does so that they can help people more effectively. Katherine Armstrong is the Partners in Recovery facilitator for Anglicare in Emerald who came up with …

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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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Homestead visits key to mental health success in rural Queensland

Not everyone wants to see a doctor when they’re feeling down, let alone a psychologist. But, it seems one service in north Queensland is finding a way help to rural families struggling through drought. Cairns-based psychologist Crispian Jones travels to stations surrounding Georgetown and Croydon for one week every month, to offer free counselling to graziers at their kitchen tables and back verandas. Mr Jones says sessions inside the home …

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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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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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