Rural obesity is high

Rural Obesity Stefan Juengling, The West Australian September 23, 2013, 3:33 pm A recent report has found WA residents living in rural and remote areas have higher rates of mental illness and obesity. The report, compiled by Thinktank Lateral Economics, states that people living in rural areas have less specialised support and have to deal with a greater stigma relating to mental illness. It also found the rate of obesity …

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Expanding help-seeking options for young people by delivering mental health services online – the eheadspace experience

Young people have the highest need for mental health care across the lifespan, yet the lowest level of service use. Improving access to appropriate mental health care and increasing engagement with services is a priority for mental health reform in Australia. Providing services and interventions via online and mobile technologies is increasingly a focus for improving access and engagement for young people. It is argued that because of the almost …

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Advocates ramp up Headspace campaign

Thomas O’Byrne and Michelle SpeirsThe Guardian – Northern Victoria   SWAN Hill Rural City Council and local health care workers have stepped up their campaign to improve mental health outcomes for young people in the municipality.  With time of the essence, council is penning a letter to Federal Minister for Mental Health Mark Butler seeking an urgent meeting with him to argue the case as to why a Headspace facility should …

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University of New England to lead mental health research

Australian Government joint media release with the Federal Member for New England, Mr Tony Windsor MPThe University of New England is set to become a regional hub for mental health research, thanks to a $4.8 million Collaborative Research Network (CRN) project announced June 4th. Launching the CRN for Mental Health and Wellbeing in Rural Regions project in Armidale today, Parliamentary Secretary for Higher Education and Skills, Sharon Bird, said the University …

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