Implementing a Multifaceted Transcultural Mental Health Capacity Building Project in Rural NSW

The Transcultural Rural and Remote Outreach Project (TRROP) is the first of its kind in rural NSW. The Project is a partnership between the Transcultural Mental Health Centre, the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health and selected rural sites. The Project was funded to develop demonstration models of service delivery and collaborative frameworks that enhance the cultural responsiveness of rural mental health services for the growing number of culturally …

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The Charter of Peer Support

The “Charter of Peer Support” The Victorian Mutual (Peer) Support Self Help Network has just published the “Charter of Peer Support”. This document has been developed by men and women and their family members who have lived through a range of mental health issues. They have come from six specialist Peer Support organisations. The core value underpinning the Charter is: “Peer Support is intrinsic to mental health and total wellbeing” …

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Mental Health Peer Workforce Competency Development Project: Development of the Australian Peer Worker Qualification

The Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council (CS&HISC), in consultation with industry, is developing a competency framework specifically for the Mental Health peer workforce (consumers and carers). The units of competency will describe work functions in Mental Health peer work roles and, when grouped together, units of competency make up a qualification. The national qualification that will be produced will be an appropriate, tailored and nationally-recognised competency framework or …

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The Black Dog Institute’s online MAP – Using the Internet to help GPs Diagnose and Treat Mood Disorders

The Black Dog Institute’s online Mood Assessment Program (MAP) is a diagnostic tool available free of charge to GPs and Psychologists throughout Australia. It is an invaluable aid in the management of mood disorders. The online MAP provides a reliable second opinion in the diagnosis in mood disorders that is especially helpful to practitioners who are working in rural and remote locations, or where specialist psychiatric support is difficult to …

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12th International Mental Health Conference – special conference issue of Psychiatry Update

Unsupportive family associated with bipolar Unsupportive family environments are one of several factors that might be predictive of bipolar disorder, suggests the results of an Australian study… more Bipolar losing its boundaries Bipolarity is at risk of becoming a nonsense label, argues Professor Gin Malhi… more Dimensional thinking needed across axis I and II disorders Aspects of eating, mood, and personality disorders appear to exist along a single dimension, argues …

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Community mental health services and Non-Government Organisations

With the advent of community mental health services now being provided by Non-Government Organisations, it is becoming evident that we are catching many people with personality disorders. I work for a PHaMS program and previously was with a HASI program in NSW, and we receive many referrals from our local Mental Health Services. I would estimate at least a third of these have PD’s, and what generally happens when we …

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Queensland Health – Exciting job opportunities in growing mental health services

 Andrew Simpson, MH Nurse Queensland’s major investment in mental health infrastructure and services offers exciting career opportunities for skilled and qualified mental health professionals. This investment includes a significant expansion of community mental health services and additional acute and extended treatment beds across Queensland. The commissioning of these new facilities provides an excellent opportunity for experienced mental health professionals to be involved in supporting consumers in their journey towards …

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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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