Suicide in Rural & Remote Areas of Australia Report Lauched

The report was requested by the Australian Suicide Prevention Advisory Council (ASPAC) and funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing. This report will assist the Council in their formation on advice to the Minister for Mental Health and Ageing. The report was launched at the Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Conference in Adelaide, you can download a copy here. Left: Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, the …

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Capacity building in rural and remote areas is hampered by the lack of availability of trained supervisors

Capacity building in rural and remote areas is hampered by the lack of availability of trained supervisors for clinical psychology and other mental health students in rural and remote locations. Difficulties also exist with the current mental health workforce who are qualified to practice yet are unable to access a supervisor to provide the support required to deal with often complex and clinically challenging mental health issues. Training to improve …

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The role of basic environmental factors in the development of psychiatric morbidity: introducing environmental mental health assessment tools

Dr Gelaye Nadew Psychiatric morbidity is linked to complex interactions of social, environmental and biological factors. Social and biological factors have been given comparatively better attention while environmental issues are paid a partial consideration, especially when considering rural and remote communities. Hence the role of basic environmental health in the development of mental illness in rural and remote population is not understood. This presentation will explore the link between mental illness …

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Childhood Trauma and Neural Development. Indicators for interventions with special reference to rural and remote environments

Advances in Neurobiology and Neuropsychotherapy in understanding the development of the young brain have demonstrated the need for early intervention to address childhood trauma and subsequent detrimental neural development. The prevailing paradigms of psychopharmacological and cognitive based interventions as first line interventions for treatment of childhood trauma are confronted with a growing body of neurodevelopmental and neurobiological research that points toward the fundamental development of the right hemisphere during the …

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A Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)Program in a Rural Community Mental Health setting

In Australia the recent development of draft guidelines for the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) will set a standard for the provision of services for people with this disorder. It is therefore timely to review programs that are in place and consider how these programs fit with the proposed new national guidelines for the provision of comprehensive services informed by the recovery framework. Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is an …

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The Psychs on Bikes rural suicide prevention project: a preview of the documentary

In April 2012 a couple of dozen psychiatrists, psychologists and mental health nurses left Cottesloe Beach in Perth riding motorcycles.  Nine days later “Psychs on Bikes” arrived at Bondi Beach in Sydney.  The ride raised money for the Australasian Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health and the riders developed an interest in trying to address the high suicide rate in rural areas (see www.psychsonbikes.com). Renee Marie Petropoulos accompanied the …

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Childhood Trauma and Neural Development. Indicators for interventions with special reference to rural and remote environments

Dr Pieter Rossouw, University of Queensland will present at the 4th Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium to be held on the 19 – 21 November 2012, Adelaide, South Australia. Advances in Neurobiology and Neuropsychotherapy in understanding the development of the young brain have demonstrated the need for early intervention to address childhood trauma and subsequent detrimental neural development. The prevailing paradigms of psychopharmacological and cognitive based interventions as …

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Preparing for environmental adversity in rural Australia: Aligning the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) with state and national policy

The Drought Mental Health Assistance Package (DMHAP) in NSW was implemented (in 2007) as a response to the observed effects of the ongoing drought on the mental health and wellbeing of rural communities. By early 2010 it was decided to broaden the scope of DMHAP and rename the program to better reflect the range of elements contributing to rural adversity. The Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) has moved beyond …

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Predictors of suicide in rural and remote areas: A psychological autopsy study in Queensland

The aims of the study are to: assess suicide predictors in rural and urban regions by comparing suicides to sudden-death controls; and, compare the differences between rural and urban suicides. The Psychological Autopsy method was utilised to investigate suicides over the age of 35 in QLD by interviewing next-of-kin in 2006-2008. A case-control study design was applied using sudden-deaths as controls. The study involved 50 suicides and 26 sudden-death controls …

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How do adults with substance dependence access treatment services? A qualitative descriptive study of help-seeking and behaviour change

Adults are less likely to access health services for substance use disorders, than any other psychiatric disorder, despite high prevalence, morbidity and mortality. Comorbid substance use and psychiatric disorders cause moderate to severe illness and disability, yet only half of people diagnosed perceive the need for and then access health care. Of the people that do access treatment, many drop out or are dissatisfied with the service. This study explored …

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