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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Join us at the 18th International Mental Health Conference

Don’t miss your opportunity to present at the 18th International Mental Health Conference, being held at the Conference Centre, Sea World Resort, Gold Coast, Queensland from Monday 21 – Wednesday 23 August 2017.  Presentations can address the following topic areas: Indigenous Wellbeing Child and Youth Mental Health Mental Health and the Elderly e-health, Innovative Uses of Technology and Social Media Research, Education and Case Studies Creating Workplaces that are Healthy, …

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Cyberbullying Perpetration in Tertiary Students

Authors: Helen Lianos and Dr Andrew McGrath.. Cyberbullying perpetration has been researched extensively in adolescent samples, however data in young adult tertiary students is scarce. This study explored variables which predict cyberbullying perpetration defined as, the use of technology at least once to intentionally harm another who has difficulty defending themselves. This quantitative study utilised a cross-sectional analysis of 320 international tertiary students’ self-reported data, collected via an online questionnaire. …

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Reducing Domestic Violence Homicides and Enhancing Perpetrator Accountability

Reducing Domestic Violence Homicides and Enhancing Perpetrator Accountability in Child Welfare Cases An article by Heather Shorten, MSW, LGSW Often in child welfare cases where child abuse and domestic violence are occurring, the only solution given to the victim is to leave the perpetrator.  This is often not her wish and may not be financially feasible.  In addition separating from the perpetrator does not guarantee safety. Therefore we must ask …

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Self–Love, The Key to Mental Health. A Positive Mental Health Future for All.

The opposite of mental illness, is mental health. Mental health is synonymous with self-love. Therefore, the solution to mental illness, is for people to develop and retain self-love. The paramount mental health issue, is that people need to work from “Inside-Out”, however most people determine their identity, self–love (mental health) and emotional wellbeing from “Outside-In”, and this is what makes them feel the way they feel, and behave the way …

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Do making habits or breaking habits influence weight loss and weight loss maintenance?

Gina Cleo, Dietitian and PhD Scholar. More than two-thirds of the population is currently on some kind of weight loss program. The unfortunate thing is there seems to be an inevitable weight regain with almost all lifestyle interventions- that’s every diet, every exercise regime and even every pill. In fact, we regain 40% of the weight we lose in the first year after losing it and much of the rest …

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Community Development Response to ICE & Other Drugs

With the growing drug problems in many communities holistic healers and counsellors are needing to educate themselves about services, intervention programs and health options that are available to support their clients or the town they live in. That is exactly what the Optimal Health Group (OHG) and Australian Anti Ice Campaign (AAIC) does. We provide a range of services and present public community forums to educate local communities on the …

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What Tech is For?

Makshivim Net, established in 2008, offers online mental health programs, enabling people with mental disabilities to consult professionals, peers, and family members, obtain information and support. Technological tools, called e-rehabilitation, assist effective rehabilitation processes and monitor achievement, including social, occupational, and educational rehabilitation goals. Social rehabilitation goals Many people have difficulty cultivating a social circle online. We established virtual social programs to develop real life contact (in 2005); including a …

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Partner, Exhibit or Advertise at the 18th International Mental Health Conference!

The Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association is dedicated to sharing knowledge, connecting professionals, engaging the community, promoting research, and providing tools, skills and products that benefit and improve mental health and mental health services.   Don’t miss your opportunity to align with the 18th International Mental Health Conference, being held at the Conference Centre, Sea World Resort, Gold Coast, Queensland from Monday 21 – Wednesday 23 August 2017. WHO OUR …

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How ‘real’ participation in a mental health program evaluation can contribute to a participant’s ‘recovery’.

How ‘real’ participation in a mental health program evaluation can contribute to a participant’s ‘recovery’. Dr. John Donnelly. Participation in evaluation can take a number of forms: completing a survey; being interviewed formally or informally; completing a questionnaire; and then there is the option of being able to give a personal perspective in a non-prescribed manner – being able to ‘tell one’s story’ (“the voice of the lived experience”) as …

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