Mental Health News – Australia

Experts slam age of consent The AustralianBut the proponent of the laws, Western Australia’s Mental Health and Disability Services Minister Helen Morton, says they simply give effect to the common law operating in every other state and territory that allows mature children to give consent if … Doors to open on new mental health unit ABC OnlineThe first mental health unit to be built in north-west Western Australia is due …

Continue reading

SANE Australia urging employers to think about better support for staff in workplace.

SANE Australia, a national mental health charity, is urging employers to think about how they can better support their staff at work. SANE executive director Barbara Hocking said mental illness was common, with one in five Australians affected each year. “We know that a mentally healthy workplace, that has positive and supportive attitudes to mental illness, is most important in finding and keeping a job.” she said. “So it’s of …

Continue reading

Internet a Vital Connection for People with Mental Illness – Report

Many people with a mental illness are turning to the internet and social media to manage their lives, overcome isolation and stay connected, according to new research by the national mental health charity SANE Australia. The research surveyed 605 respondents via an anonymous online survey, and found that people with a mental illness are enthusiastic users of the internet and social media to manage their lives and make social connections. …

Continue reading

4th Australian Rural and Remore Mental Health Symposium

“PUTTING PEOPLE FIRST”: MENTAL HEALTH NEEDS AND INITIATIVES IN AUSTRALIAN RURAL AND REMOTE COMMUNITIES.  The conference will be held in Adelaide from the 16th to the 21st of November 2012. Our vast country is graced with a diverse population. From indigenous beginnings our population has swollen with the addition of migrants from many countries bringing with them an eclectic mix of individual and collective ethnic, cultural and religious qualities, over …

Continue reading

Australian Labor Government Reinstates Mental Health Sessions

From: AAP THE federal government has performed a partial reversal on changes to mental health funding first announced in last year’s budget.  It announced in May it would save $580 million over five years by rationalising the Better Access program, which subsidises treatment by psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and occupational therapists. Most of that came from slashing Medicare rebates for GPs who devised treatment plans, while about $175 million was …

Continue reading

The 13th International Mental Health Conference 2012 – Abstract Submission

If you would like to speak at the conference  please submit an abstract… Important Dates Open of Abstracts December 2011 Close of Abstracts 13th April 2012 Notification to Authors 20th April 2012 Author Acceptance Closes 27th April 2012 Programme Available 1st of May 2012 The conference will focus on: • State, Federal and International initiatives addressing mental health needs. • Planning and initiatives of the COAG task force.• Research validation of …

Continue reading

The Federal Government has launched a National Mental Health Commission to monitor services for people with mental illness.

Professor Allan Fels The Commission is led by Professor Allan Fels as Chair and has already met to begin work on a National Report Card on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. Speaking at the official launch in Sydney, the Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler said: “The Commission will put Australia’s mental health services under the spotlight. It will bring much needed transparency to our system – it will …

Continue reading

E-health key trial halted by specifications glitch

MOST of the trial sites for the federal government’s electronic health record project have been taken offline after it was discovered they were working to different specifications than the planned national model. The National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) halted the rollout of primary care desktop software at 10 trial sites on Friday blaming incompatibility with the national specifications.  by: Sean Parnell – From: The Australian – January 24, 2012 12:00AM