National Health Priority number 9!

By Yasmin Noone Federal and state health ministers have finally succumbed to the demands of the sector and the needs of the thousands of Australians, having officially agreed to make dementia a National Health Priority Area (NHPA). The nation’s health ministers, who gathered for a meeting of the Australian Health Minister’s Advisory Committee in Sydney on Friday, have designated dementia as the ninth National Health Priority Area, along side eight …

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A Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Program 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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Vietnam and Iraq: lessons to be learned about mental health and war

By David Dunt, University of MelbournePhysical injury and death in war is expected. But we also now know the stories of large numbers of veterans suffering major psychological trauma.These involve Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, alcohol and drug problems and sometimes suicide. Former soldiers, whether they fought in Vietnam or Iraq, are dealing with some common but distinct experiences.All wars are horrible but each is different in its …

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Dual Diagnosis of mental illness (MI) and acquired brain injury (ABI): Making positive changes towards rehabilitation and recovery.

Aims and RationaleThe aim of this exploratory study was twofold. It sought to describe some of the challenges faced by people with dual diagnosis of ABI and MI; and secondly, from these findings make recommendations on service practices and policies that would be required for an effective post discharge rehabilitation and recovery pathway. MethodsThis phenomenological study used in-depth interviews to obtain an insider perspective from eight individuals and/or their families, …

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Depression and Chronic Back Pain

By: William W. Deardorff, PhD, ABPP Depression is by far the most common emotion associated with chronic back pain. The type of depression that often accompanies chronic pain is referred to as major depression or clinical depression. This type of depression goes beyond what would be considered normal sadness or feeling “down for a few days”. The symptoms of a major depression occur daily for at least two weeks and …

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Promising results for online depression therapy

Published in the NursingReview Online 10 July 2012Australian National University researchers say online interventions can have important flow on effects to a patient’s quality of life and physical health. Online depression therapy programs can have a positive impact on more than just depressive symptoms, according to a new study. Dr Lou Farrer, from the ANU Centre for Mental Health Research, trialled the effectiveness of online programs MoodGYM and BluePages with …

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Advocates ramp up Headspace campaign

Thomas O’Byrne and Michelle SpeirsThe Guardian – Northern Victoria   SWAN Hill Rural City Council and local health care workers have stepped up their campaign to improve mental health outcomes for young people in the municipality.  With time of the essence, council is penning a letter to Federal Minister for Mental Health Mark Butler seeking an urgent meeting with him to argue the case as to why a Headspace facility should …

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Depression a global problem: It’s not just Westerners who get the blues

Depression and anxiety are found in every society in the world, debunking old theories that only Westerners get depressed. These new findings come from the world’s most comprehensive study of anxiety and depression research to date, published by researchers at The University of Queensland. In two separate studies of anxiety disorders and major depressive disorder (that is, clinical depression) study authors found that surveys of clinical anxiety and depression have …

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Preventing obesity and poor physical health through assessment and ongoing monitoring

Dr Susanne Stanley aims to highlight the poor physical health of the mentally ill, paying particular attention to the high incidence of obesity, which can lead to complications such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Whilst obesity is of great concern in the general population, people with a mental illness face additional factors. For example, psychotropic medication effects such as weight gain can lead to obesity in the mentally …

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Poverty, Not Mental Illness, Is Source Of Many Poor Mothers’ Anxiety: Study

Rutgers University Poor mothers are more likely to be classified as having the mental illness known as generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) because they live in poverty – not because they are suffering from a psychiatric disorder, according to Rutgers researchers. Judith C. Baer, an associate professor in the School of Social Work, and her team, in the study, “Is it Generalized Anxiety Disorder or Poverty? An Examination of Poor Mothers …

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