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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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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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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Webinar – national approach to mental health services

Free Webinar – “What will the new national approach to mental health services mean for people in rural and remote areas?” 10.00am-11.00am Eastern Summer Time, Thursday 17 December 2015 In April 2015 the National Mental Health Commission released its National Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services. The review provided “a strong, achievable and practical plan for modernising and reforming Australia’s mental health system and ultimately improving the lives of …

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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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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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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 residents need more than a quick-fix approach to mental health

Field days and agricultural shows are big events in country Australia. Farming families travel for hours to see the latest in tractor technology, soil seeding, or water conservation techniques. They mostly travel just to meet others and have a chat. In recent years, new exhibitors have established themselves among the livestock and paddock demonstrations also wanting to have a chat. These exhibitors, such as the Royal Flying Doctor Service, are …

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Rural mental illness does not discriminate

Depression, anxiety and suicide in rural areas is not confined to males When we think of mental health issues such as depression and suicide in rural, remote and regional Australia, perhaps the tendency is to immediately think of men and young people. But women in rural Australia suffer from mental health issues too. One clinical psychologist says often the expectations on women to hold it all together are greater than …

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Senator Penny Wright to present at 6th Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium

The 6th Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium theme, The Practitioner’s Voice, seeks to give voice to practitioners who are faced with these challenges on a regular basis. Be a part of the discussion by registering for the symposium to be held 12-14 November 2014 at the Commercial Club Albury. Senator Penny Wright Senator for South Australia Australian Greens Presentation Title: “Learning from Listening: Ideas for Improving Mental Health …

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