David Meldrum to present at the 16th International Mental Health Conference

David Meldrum, Executive Director, Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia will present at the 16th International Mental Health Conference at QT Hotel, Gold Coast 12-14 August 2015. David is Executive Director of the Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia (MIFA). He is also Vice President, and immediate Past President of the Mental Illness Fellowship of South Australia, and has served on several other South Australian boards. Originally qualifying as a teacher, then as …

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Australia lagging on funding for mental health services

Article Australia lagging on funding for mental health services, says Mental Illness Fellowship Published by ABC News 11 May 2015 By Katherine Gregory Services limited: health workers Mental health workers are concerned schizophrenia treatments, beyond clinical services, are still limited. “People with schizophrenia make up half the case loads of the public mental health services in most places,” said David Meldrum, the executive director of the Mental Illness Fellowship Australia (MIFA). …

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Deconstructing schizophrenia among Australia’s First People

By Dr Paul Brown, The Pierre Janet Centre, Melbourne. In my sojourn as a locum psychiatrist in rural and remote Australia, I was astonished at the rate of diagnosis of schizophrenia in indigenous populations. That condition is characterised by, “abnormal social behaviour and failure to recognize what is real,”[1] and with symptoms that include confused thinking, hallucinations, delusions, social withdrawal and emotional blunting. It is associated with increased rates of suicide …

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The Future of Mental Health Services and Psychiatry

Prof Philip Morris, President, Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association opened the 14th International Mental Health Conference at the Outrigger, Surfers Paradise in August 2013. The conference focused on the complex mental health issues of Depression, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder and Dementia. You can view the address titled “The Future of Mental Health Services and Psychiatry” here…  

The 14th International Mental Health Conference – Call for Papers Open

The 14th International Mental Health Conference will be held at Outrigger, Surfers Paradise on Monday the 5th and Tuesday the 6th of August 2013.  Optional workshops will be held on Wednesday the 7th of August. The conference will focus on the complex mental health issues of Depression, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder and Dementia. The human, social and economic consequences of mental health disorders and illness are great, and there is a …

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Mental Health and the Australian Population

In the E‐Mental Health Strategy for Australia, released by the Federal Government in 2012, the following statistics were provided; “Approximately 17.2 per cent or 3.8 million Australians are estimated to be affected by mental illness in any one year – meaning that they experience symptoms at diagnostic levels, for either brief or extended periods.  This estimate excludes dementia and alcohol/drug-related disorders, except where these are concurrent with a mental disorder. …

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National Report Card on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

A Contributing Life: the 2012 National Report Card on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention – National Mental Health Commission This first Report Card casts an independent eye over how we as a nation support the estimated 3.2 million Australians each year who live with a mental health difficulty, their families and support people, and how we provide and co-ordinate the services they need. You can download a copy here The …

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Recognition and Respect: Report on Mental Health Carers 2012

The Mental Health Council of Australia has released its annual report on mental health carers, ‘Recognition and Respect: Report on Mental Health Carers 2012’. The Report surveyed over 500 mental health carers and provides an insight into the lives of of people who regularly care for someone with a mental illness. You can download the full report here. ******* The 14th International Mental Health Conference “OPENING DOORS” will be held …

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Depressed? You’ve got Buckley’s getting insurance

Source: Jill Stark, Health ReporterThe Sunday Age PEOPLE with a history of depression, insomnia or stress are being denied access to insurance, with health experts accusing the industry of systemic discrimination against those with even mild mental health problems. A report by beyondblue and the Mental Health Council of Australia reveals many insurers are refusing to offer income protection, life insurance, private healthcare or travel coverage to people who have …

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