Examining the impact on adult children caring for elderly parents with mental illness

Caring for elderly parents with mental illness It was hypothesized that the children of elderly parents with a long-standing mental illness have differing needs when faced with the caring role compared to first-time carers of elderly mentally ill parents. This research contrasts the experiences of long-term carers of elderly parents who have had a long-standing mental illness and first-time carers of parents who have become mentally unwell or in need …

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‘Surviving and Thriving’ – a new culture in co-location

Who are Stepping Up? Stepping Up is an awarding winning consortium that consists of four not-for-profit agencies: Interact Australia, Odyssey House Victoria, Task Force and Youth Projects who came together to delivery a number of programs including forensic, mental health, alcohol and other drug treatment services. Recently Stepping Up have acquired a new therapeutic counselling service ( x3 locations) that celebrates Psychologists, MSW’s, RN’s Psych and AOD Generalist on an …

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Treatment decision making for young people diagnosed with major depressive disorders: The case for shared decision making

Shared decision making (SDM) is a model of medical or treatment decision making that involves collaboration between a clinician and client. One way of implementing SDM is with the use of decision aids (DA), which have demonstrated effectiveness for non-psychiatric conditions and emerging evidence for adults diagnosed with mental disorders. A theoretical basis for SDM for young people has been made, yet work in this area is in its infancy. …

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Rural Mental Health consultation in WA

Australian Greens spokesperson for Mental Health, Senator Penny Wright, travelled to Western Australia in early June to begin the first leg of an Australian-wide tour to hear about the unique issues affecting mental health care services for Australians living in rural, regional and remote areas. Senator Wright said while the Federal Government had injected a significant amount of funding into mental health over the past two years, people living in …

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Depression as a Physiological Disease – Implications for Prevention and Intervention

Dr Chris Stapelberg While major depressive disorder (MDD) was regarded as a purely psychological disorder in the past, increasing evidence points to physiological mechanisms which contribute to this disorder, but also arise from it. The same physiological mechanisms also underlie antecedents to depressive disorders, such as stress. Mechanisms such as hypothalamic pituitary adrenal (HPA) axis dysfunction and autonomic dysfunction are implicated not only in MDD, but also in the development …

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Rural patients will benefit from new infrastructure grants

Rural patients will benefit from new infrastructure grants to 50 projects across Australia, Health Minister Tanya Plibersek announced today. Under Round 6 of the National Rural and Remote Health Infrastructure Program, $8.7 million is being directed to the projects. “While rates of some chronic disease are high for patients living in rural and remote areas, they often find it harder to access the level of health care they require,” said …

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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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