Psychometric Properties of the Management of Aggression and Violence Attitude Scale

Psychometric Properties of the Management of Aggression and Violence Attitude Scale in Hong Kong’s Emergency Care Setting. Introduction: A safe and therapeutic environment in health care settings is imperative for staff to deliver high quality and effective care. Emergency unit is one of the most high-risk areas for patient violence. The Management of Aggression and Violence Attitude Scale’s (MAVAS) is the only instrument designed to measure the perceived causes and …

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Abstract Submission Open for 2017!

We invite you to join us at the 9th Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium this year, being held at the Commercial Club, Albury, NSW from 12 – 13 October 2017. 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 …

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Empowering consumers and carers across Victoria

Safeguarding rights, upholding the mental health principles and empowering consumers and carers across Victoria Dr Lynne Coulson Barr, Mental Health Complaints Commissioner. Many people who contact our office are in need of a supportive process that helps them to clarify their issues and explore available options to address their concerns. The Mental Health Complaints Commissioner (MHCC) was established under the Mental Health Act 2014 (the Act) to provide accessible, tailored …

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Outcome Feedback (OF) Technology

An international team of researchers from various Universities (York, Sheffield, Huddersfield, Leiden, Trier) have developed and tested the impact of adopting Outcome Feedback (OF) technology in a psychological care service in the English NHS system. OF technology is based on the same methods that guide existing medical technologies, such as prenatal scans that use ultrasound devices to compare the growth of babies to benchmarks derived from clinical records of other …

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Dream it Forward by ConnectGroups

ConnectGroups (the peak body for peer Support Groups in WA) partnered with the Mental Health Commission of Western Australia in 2013/14 to conceive a project modelled on its successful small grants brokerage service, the Pay it Forward Plan. The project’s purpose was to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peer-based groups to support place-based social and emotional wellbeing activities.  Dream it Forward was launched in 2014/15; is now in its …

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Addiction Workforce Development

Addiction Workforce Development – The Aotearoa New Zealand experience: A reflection Anna Nelson-Programme Manager, Matua Raki. As I have been thinking about addiction workforce development internationally, I have also been reflecting on what is unique about the Aotearoa New Zealand experience.  There are four key features that seem to have been instrumental in shaping Aotearoa New Zealand’s addiction workforce; Dapaanz (the addiction practitioners association Aotearoa New Zealand); Matua Raki (the …

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Failure to Respond to Employee Complaints of Abrasive Management Proves Costly

Victorian Supreme Court awards $625K, finds a failure to act breached duty of care Many managers struggle to respond adequately when an employee makes complaints about another’s conduct. This failure can be costly for all the individuals involved and ultimately for the organisation. A recent decision by the Supreme Court of Victoria awarding an employee $625,000 highlights an employer’s duty of care in responding to an employee’s complaints. Justice John …

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The Flourish Project – Forming Creative Community Connections

Creators Artspace is an artist-run community arts organisation. Our mission statement supports initiatives that engage a range of local community, education and health organisations in community arts projects. We Ran a Project called ‘Flourish’ which was funded by the City of Wodonga through an Arts and Cultural Contribution New Initiative Grant. The Project delivered well being art workshops to the Wodonga community in 2014 by forming creative partnerships with local …

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MENTAL HEALTH STARTS AT THE TOP – An Issue for Leadership

Business CEOs and leader need to be seen actively embracing mental health in the workplace. It was found that about 55% of workers believed management did not value mental health but when they did there was a dramatic drop in absenteeism. Apart from there being a big financial incentive for business (‘$2.30 return on $1 invested’ Safety Australia) there is also a legal requirement. Recently I worked for Department of …

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How clients feel about ‘being screened’ for risks

Clients typically register their details before using a service – the ubiquitous ‘paperwork’. But what if registration also involves being screened for safety risks in families like domestic violence or suicide? How do clients feel about doing paperwork then? ‘Not too bothered’, according to a sample of 134 clients at community services agency Relationships Australia SA who had just completed a form screening for risk in families before seeing a …

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