Improving Employment Outcomes for People with a Mental Illness: Progress in the Hunter New England Region of NSW

Engagement in employment has been associated with significant financial, social and health benefits for people with a mental illness. However, as a population, people with mental illness experience high levels of unemployment and often have difficulty accessing services to support them. Literature indicates that people with a psychotic illness have the worst employment outcomes of any disability group. Given the onset of mental illness often occurs in late adolescence, there …

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Let’s Talk About Children: Dissemination of a family focused intervention

Improved outcome for children of parents with mental illness has been demonstrated through family focused interventions. Despite this, there are many barriers to family focused intervention in mental health service delivery. Let’s Talk about Children was developed for use with families in which a parent has a mental illness. It focuses on improving communication surrounding mental illness, identifying children’s needs and linking the family with additional support or interventions. It …

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Partners in Depression- Supporting those who care

Over one million people in Australia have a family member or friend with depression and supporting a person with depression can take a toll on the carer’s own mental health and wellbeing. However, carers frequently report difficulties in connecting with services that are inclusive or which specifically consider their needs. Partners in Depression is a six week group education program for those who love, live with or care for a …

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The impact of a needs based education and carer support group for carers of people with a mental illness: A pilot study

Dr Julia Bowman The emphasis on community-based care in preference to hospitalisation relies significantly on the availability and willingness of informal carers (Goodwin & Harpell, 2006). Whilst care-giving can be a rewarding and positive experience, a number of studies indicate that caring for a person with a mental illness has distinct challenges. These include difficulty navigating the mental health system, lack of respite, stigma of mental illness, uncertainty related to …

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Not all jobs are created equal: The impact of psychosocial job quality on mental health

It is becoming well established that the psychosocial aspects of a person’s job can impact their mental health. These psychosocial factors include the level of job demands, the amount of control or autonomy available in the position, the level of reward given the effort required, and the amount of perceived job security. Dr Liana Leach’s presentation will review recent Australian research in this area, including findings showing that multiple psychosocial …

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Measuring mental health and cannabis use in remote Indigenous communities: better data for better intervention

Dr India Bohanna Drug use and the associated mental health impacts are a major health issue in remote Indigenous communities exacerbated by limited access to mental health services.  In Queensland and Northern Territory communities, rates of cannabis use may be as high as one in two, and we have preliminary data suggesting cannabis users are suffering a wide range of mental health impacts, some of which are indicative of drug-induced …

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Government announces initiatives for people with dementia

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists’ Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age welcomes the Australian government’s announcement of initiatives for people with dementia and services to support aged care, but says more is need for the mental health needs of people in old age. ‘Investment in dementia care and diagnosis and improved aged care services are essential and will go some way to improving the lives of …

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The impact of multimorbidity on GP diagnosis and treatment of depression: A qualitative approach

ObjectivesPrimary care providers often struggle to identify depression in older individuals, with patients with multiple chronic conditions presenting additional unique challenges. Whilst research has discovered much about clinician experiences with depression patients, there is a paucity of literature surrounding the impact of multimorbidity on the diagnosis and management of depression in primary care. MethodsEight GPs with multiple referrals to a multidisciplinary clinic at the Royal Adelaide Hospital engaged in a …

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A chronic disease management or rehabilitation approach to dementia 2012

Australia’s population is ageing and over the next 20 years the number of people with dementia is predicted to more than double. Early diagnosis and intervention has been shown to improve the quality of life for people with dementia, as well as for family members and carers. The House of Representatives Committee will inquire into and report on the dementia early diagnosis and intervention practices in Australia, with a particular …

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