Telehealth Initiative to Improve Rural Access

Regional Health Minister Dr David Gillespie has welcomed a telehealth initiative commencing which allows improved access to psychological services, for regional Australians. He says a major barrier to rural residents accessing vital mental health treatment will be removed by a new Medicare rebate being introduced for online videoconferencing mental health consultations, with psychologists, social workers and occupational therapists. The Coalition government initiative will cost $9.1 million over four years from 2017–18 …

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Emeritus Professor Paul Worley Named Australia’s First National Rural Health Commissioner

The development of pathways for rural doctors is the top priority for Australia’s first National Rural Health Commissioner. Federal Assistant Health Minister Dr David Gillespie announced Emeritus Professor Paul Worley’s appointment as National Rural Health Commissioner at the Rural Medicine Australia Conference on October 21. Professor Worley’s first priority will be to develop National Rural Generalist Pathways to provide training, recognition and appropriate remuneration for the complex demands on doctors working outside major cities. …

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Retention of Early Career Health Professionals Working in Rural and Remote Australia

The reality gap: A grounded theory whole-of-life explanation of turnover intention of early career rural-based community mental health professionals. This study focused on retention of early career (0-5 years after graduating) health professionals working in rural and remote Australia. Some of Australia’s most severe and protracted workforce shortages are in public sector mental health and, within this sector, community mental health (CMH) services experience critical staffing shortages and high staff …

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Claire Lynch: The Far West Mental Health Recovery Centre

A collaborative mental health workforce development experience in remote NSW… the continuing story. The Far West Mental Health Recovery Centre is a residential sub-acute mental health facility in Broken Hill operated as a partnership between the Far West Local Health District and Neami National, a specialist mental health non-government organisation. The service has been operating since March 2013 and has greatly enhanced the range of mental health services available to …

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Perinatal and Infant Mental Health (PIMH) in Rural and Remote Queensland

Over recent decades, strong evidence has emerged that the foundations for a child’s growth and development are laid in the early years, from conception to around age 3. Perinatal mental health issues (PIMH) can impair a parent’s ability to provide responsive care to their child, and a range of issues can interfere with the development of a secure attachment relationship between parent and infant. Preventing long-term negative impacts on the …

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Join us at the 2017 Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium

Join us this October 11-13 at the 9th Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium  at the Commercial Club in Albury, NSW. Topics Include: Structural Reform Harnessing Digital Information Looking after the rural mental health workforce Integrated Care, physical and mental health Innovative Practices Indigenous Mental Health Child and Youth Mental Health Abstract Submission is now open! Join us as we explore this year’s conference theme of ‘Impacts & Outcomes, Putting People …

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Help us beat rural suicide

Suicide rates in Australia’s rural farming areas are higher than those of the general population (particularly for males), increasing the likelihood of a personal experience of suicide for members of this community—whether through attempting suicide or having thoughts of taking their own life, being bereaved by suicide, caring for someone who has attempted suicide, or some other experience of suicide. The cultural and contextual elements of rural work and life …

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2016 Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium Program

The 2016 Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium Program is now available to view here:  http://anzmh.asn.au/rrmh/program/16/program16.pdf Mark your calendar with this important event being held 2 – 4 November at Mantra on Salt Beach, Kingscliff, NSW, located less than 15 minutes from Gold Coast Airport. Early Bird rates close on 21 September so BOOK TODAY and you will save $100 off the registration fee! Delegates attending will receive the following …

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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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South Australia’s youth mental health care services difficult to access

If you’re an at-risk youth in Adelaide suffering from psychosis, as of June 30, you may struggle to find the support services you desperately need. Right now, headspace Adelaide offers a Youth Early Psychosis Program, that has treated around 40 patients since starting earlier this year. The evidence based program focuses on early recognition of more complex and potentially severe mental illness. They do this by supporting people at the …

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