Livewire, Starlight’s Adolescent Program Trialled at Royal Children’s Hospital

Since 1988, the Starlight Children’s Foundation (Starlight) has been delivering programs in partnership with health professionals to support children, young people and their families who are living with a serious illness or health condition. Starlight is the broadest reaching children’s charity in Australia, supporting children and teenagers with all types of serious illness, including mental health conditions. Young people represent over 20% of admissions at some paediatric hospitals and typically …

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Rural, Remote and Regional Clinical Supervision Programmes for Youths

Distance supervision:  What does a focussed rural, remote and regional Clinical Supervision Programme contribute to clinical practice within a child and youth mental health setting? From the abstract The presentation will address the structure of the current practice supervision programme and outline the formal and informal links developed by positioning the programme within a major metropolitan CYMHS health district.  The presentation will highlight the additional benefits which augment the individual …

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Support and Education for ADHD and LD Children in Japan

The 2017 Conference will be held at the Conference Centre, Sea World Resort, Gold Coast, Queensland from Monday 21 August – Wednesday 23 August 2017. Mika Nishiyama, Associate Professor for Hiroshima Bunkyo Women’s University joins us this year to discuss “Support and education for ADHD and LD children in Japan”. A government survey in 2012 showed that 6.5% of elementary and secondary schools students were found to have significant learning or …

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Facebook should hide suicide live stream videos, mental health advocates say

Facebook’s policy to allow the live broadcast of self-harm on its platform has attracted concern among mental health advocates. The power to go live and unfiltered to the internet from a phone has opened up enormous possibilities to transform the way we communicate. But it has created a wave of ethical questions that the world’s biggest social network, Facebook, is being forced to navigate very publicly. Residents have live streamed …

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More mental health support desperately needed in rural areas.

An outpouring of support has been shown for a mother who keeps her 16-year old daughter in a “safe room”, with the latest reports indicating the daughter is currently in hospital after threatening her family with a knife. Stephanie lives in rural NSW with two siblings and her mother Emma Parrey, who told Today Tonight Adelaide recently that she has to lock her daughter in a plywood-lined bedroom each night …

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Professor Helen Herrman to Present on Youth Mental Health

We are pleased to announce Professor Helen Herrman, Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health and Centre for Youth Mental Health, The University of Melbourne as a Keynote Speaker at The 17th International Mental Health Conference to be held at the brand new Sea World Resort Conference Centre on the Gold Coast, QLD from the 11 -12 August 2016. The keynote will be speaking on; ‘Improving the Mental …

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Is student mental health neglected in Australia?

Australian universities are falling behind their US and British counterparts and failing students in the way mental health concerns are addressed at an ­institutional level, a new report into student mental health has found. The report by youth mental health advocate and Monash University Churchill Fellow Ben Veness, The Wicked Problem of University Student Mental Health, makes 49 recommendations on the way universities could improve the “mental health status quo”. …

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Dr Sarah Hetrick to present on treatment or prevention of depression of young people

Dr Sarah Hetrick, Senior Research Fellow, Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health will present at the 16th International Mental Health Conference at QT Hotel, Gold Coast 12-14 August 2015. Dr Hetrick is a clinical psychologist and Senior Research Fellow in the Centre of Excellence, Orygen Youth Health Research Centre, Centre for Youth Mental Health, Melbourne University and headspace The National Youth Mental Health Foundation. Within the Centre …

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16th International Mental Health Conference Program has been released

The 16th International Mental Health Conference will bring together leading clinical practitioners, academics, service providers and mental health experts to deliberate and discuss Mental Health issues confronting Australia and New Zealand Thursday 13 August to Friday 14 August 2015 on the Gold Coast. The 2015 Program includes over 70 speakers, 50 poster presentations and interactive workshops. This dynamic and topical program will discuss a vast range of subjects including; workplace health, …

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Creative mental health help for youth

Illawarra Mercury By GREG ELLIS 23 August 2013 Mind Blank founder Ally Kelly showed enormous courage this week when she told her own story in public for the first time. Ms Kelly spoke of a betrayal of trust when she was six years old, and her long-term anguish as she tried to overcome that. She was aiming to help people understand why she started Mind Blank and to help find …

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