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 …

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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

Positive Change – Investing in Mental Health

Mental health awareness and well being strategies are urgent public concerns. Mental illness has the third highest burden of disease in Australia with approximately 45% of adults experiencing a mental illness at some stage of their lives, including alcohol or substance abuse disorders. The 13th International Mental Health Conference will focus on the complex mental issues affecting the elderly including depression, dementia, delirium, paranoid disorders and anxiety. It will also …

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Disasters affect us in many ways.

Damage to or destruction of homes, property and cherished belongings together with the obvious physical effects including loss of loved ones, pain or physical challenges are usually apparent.  Initial short-term emotional effects such as fear, acute anxiety, grief, emotional numbness etc are very common. However the emotional impact of a disaster often manifests some time later and can continue for many years to come. Whilst effective disaster management seems to …

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Delegates from over 100 regional and rural towns in Australia and New Zealand will attend this years conference in Ballarat.

3rd Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium   “Impacts & Outcomes” – Mercure, Ballarat 14th – 16th November 2011    Delegates from over 100 regional and rural towns in Australia and New Zealand will attend this years conference in Ballarat. The Symposium will examine the mental health implications of; Social Change      Financial Factors Environmental Adversities These factors and others can severely impact on the mental health of individuals …

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Building Capacity of Communities to Help People with Mental Health Problems

The Mental Health First Aid program has solid evidence for its effectiveness from randomized controlled trials and qualitative studies in increasing knowledge, reducing stigma and, most importantly, increasing supportive actions by members of the public to people with mental health problems. The program was developed in Australia in 2001 and has spread to many other countries. Currently over 170,000 Australians (1% of the adult population) have done the training. It …

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Older Doctors – Continuing a Professional Contribution

We have a concerning situation regarding older doctors who wish to give up full time practice but who want to continue to contribute to the profession as ‘senior active’ doctors.  I have written a proposal below that addresses this issue.  I would be very grateful for your support for this proposal, or if it is not acceptable in its current form, I would appreciate you suggesting changes that would meet …

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Gold Coast doctors join Alzheimer’s trial

Prof Philip Morris TWO Gold Coast doctors are travelling to the US to learn a controversial new treatment that offers hope to Alzheimer’s patients. Professors Stephen Ralph and Philip Morris will then take the technique to Griffith University’s Coast campus, where they will inject an anti-inflammatory drug into the neck of patients before turning them upside down. The Griffith Health Institute clinical trial, to cost about $100,000, will initially look …

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