Building the Case for Mental Health Reform in Australia

A Review of Expenditure and System Design Background Mental illness is a significant challenge in Australia. Yet despite the significant policy attention and substantial additional funding to mental health over the past two decades, the mental health and social services systems remains highly fragmented. In 2012 Medibank commissioned the Nous Group to analyse the total direct expenditure; both health and non-health, on supporting people with mental illness, to examine the …

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Evaluation of an Australian primary mental health care program: 10 years on

The Access to Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS) program was introduced by the Australian Government in 2001. ATAPS enables general practitioners (GPs) to refer patients with high prevalence mental disorders for low-cost evidence-based mental health care and targets specific hard to reach groups. The achievements of the program 10 years on will be examined including participation rates by professionals and patients, patient and service provision characteristics, and patient outcomes. Data are sourced …

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The Association to support Psychs on Bikes in 2013

The Big Ride in April 2013 will be from Bathurst to Sydney… via Queensland. Psychs on Bikes is a Project involving mental health professionals riding motorbikes to raise money for charities. Our motto is “Adventure before Dementia!”  The rides are open to any psychiatrist, psychologist, mental health nurse or bona fide mental health professional. The object of the exercise will be to ride up one inland highway, visiting a number …

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The Psychs on Bikes rural suicide prevention project: a preview of the documentary

In April 2012 a couple of dozen psychiatrists, psychologists and mental health nurses left Cottesloe Beach in Perth riding motorcycles.  Nine days later “Psychs on Bikes” arrived at Bondi Beach in Sydney.  The ride raised money for the Australasian Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health and the riders developed an interest in trying to address the high suicide rate in rural areas (see www.psychsonbikes.com). Renee Marie Petropoulos accompanied the …

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Rural mental health findings to be released

A team of researchers led by Dr Delwar Hossain, from the University of Southern Queensland’s (USQ) Centre for Rural and Remote Area Health (CRRAH) have been looking at how primary producers and rural communities recover from the devastating effects of natural disasters. Now, after completing 12 workshops in Warwick, Dalby, Kingaroy, Goondiwindi, Dirranbandi, St George, Mitchell, Roma, Miles, Chinchilla, Charleville and Cunnamulla the team are preparing to release the results …

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New study investigates impact of alcohol price on illicit drug taking

A project designed to investigate the impact of alcohol pricing on young Australians’ drinking patterns and consumption of illicit drugs has been awarded a prestigious Australian Research Council linkage grant. The two year study, by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) at the University of New South Wales, in collaboration with the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics (BOCSAR), will use the internet to canvass young Australians’ responses to …

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Call to fill mental health void

Australia should trial a UK-based program that is helping people with moderate depression and anxiety, and which could fill a major gap in existing services, says a leading psychiatrist. The nation’s thinly spread mental health services can focus on the acute or crisis-support ends of the spectrum, leaving many people with milder though still debilitating problems without a treatment option. Associate Professor Michael Baigent said “a service such as the …

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Outback rain brings rejuvenation of land and spirit

Sarak Elks From: The Australian November 13, 2010 12:00AM During the decade-long drought, there were anecdotal reports of rates of depression and suicide among those on the land rising, deepening the divide between those in the city and the bush. Figures from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare show that 14 out of every 100,000 men in metropolitan areas die by suicide compared with 18 out of every 100,000 …

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