Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Drug and alcohol are related to 80% of mental issues. They are powerful chemicals able to change our pattern of thought and our behaviour. Most of us would have experienced in our lifetime the effect of these powerful drugs on the brain chemicals. According to the Human Givens model the reasons why humans are not only attracted to them and enjoy a glass of wine but become addicted to alcohol …

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Mental Health and Family Law

Mental Health clinicians are frequently called upon to make assessments for the Family Court. Often issues regarding parental responsibility or custody arrangements hinge upon the assessments of care giver mental health and the resources required to ensure mental health maintenance. This paper will use a case vignette approach to illustrate the need for longitudinal assessment and case formulation over more traditional cross sectional approaches. recomendations for both clinician training and …

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Making Sense of Complex Presentations – The Black Dog Institute’s online Mood Assessment Program (online MAP)

Workshop at the The 12th International Mental Health Conference 2011Radisson Resort, Gold Coast – Wednesday 24th August – Friday 26th August 2011.  Increasingly the burden of management of patients with mood and personality disorders has fallen onto general practitioners. Even in large cities there are not enough psychiatrists to adequately care for the number of mentally ill in the community. Nor is it necessarily appropriate for all the depressed and …

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The HESTA Primary Health Care Awards

The HESTA Primary Health Care Awards is an initiative of HESTA Super Fund – your health and community services industry fund and the Australian General Practice Network (AGPN).  ME Bank is also a  proud supporter of the awards.The first awards will be hosted in 2011 by HESTA in conjunction with AGPN and will form part of the 2011 AGPN National Forum, to be held in Melbourne in November. There are …

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Six Month Follow-Up on Risk Factors for Suicidal Ideation among College Students: A Longitudinal Examination

Study to be discussed at the 12th International Mental Health Conference on the Gold Coast in August 2011  Oren Shtayermman, PhD  This study was a six month follow-up in a longitudinal study examining the following in adolescents and young adults attending college: 1) the level of suicidal ideation, prevalence of comorbid psychiatric disorders (Major Depressive Disorder and Generalized Anxiety Disorder), degree of peer victimization, and 2) the association of …

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Membership Survey Results Narcotics Anonymous Australia

Narcotics Anonymous is an international, non–profit community based organization for people recovering from substance abuse. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using drugs. NA is a vital community resource and a free, accessible after-care support opportunity. NA cooperates with professionals by providing NA meetings in treatment centres and institutions, and is complementary to in-patient and out-patient treatment. Narcotics Anonymous sprang from the Alcoholics Anonymous Program of …

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Get Better by Surfing the Web?

Prof Helen Christensen Australians are increasingly turning to the internet for treatment of a wide range of health issues. While there are many websites providing valuable health information and effective interventions, it can often be difficult to determine the quality of any particular site. The groundbreaking e-health portal Beacon aims to be a guiding light by providing information and expert ratings on a variety of online interventions and mobile apps …

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Mental Health Emergency Care – Rural Access Program (MHEC-RAP).

Large distances and staff shortages mean that rural hospitals are unable to provide skilled mental health assessments and management for patients with mental health emergencies. The response is costly and often dangerous transportation to distant inpatient psychiatric units, often with police and ambulance. Frequently, such transfers are later seen as unnecessary. The Mental Health Emergency Care (MHEC) provides thorough assessment by video-link by 24/7 mental health nursing staff who have …

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Madness in Family Law: Competing Discourses on Mothers’ Mental Health in the Australian Family Law system

Dr Elspeth McInnes Mental illness stalks Australia’s family law system. Not only do people with mental health problems have higher rates of relationship breakdown, the concept of mental illness plays out in gendered decisions around children’s matters, where mothers are much more likely than fathers to be labelled mentally ill and lose care of their children. Australia’s family law system currently applies two primary principles to children’s matters in family …

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What can health professionals do about social determinants of mental health?

Dr Matthew Fisher Public health research in developed countries consistently demonstrates that rates of the more common forms of mental health disorder increase as one moves down the scale of socioeconomic status, and are significantly higher among socially disadvantaged groups. This general pattern of outcomes is also present in Australia. In recent decades research has also shown higher rates of mental health problems to be positively associated with social or …

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