Consumers ‘ignored’ in e-health policy, says privacy foundation

Karen Dearne – From: Australian IT March 24, 2011 THE Australian Privacy Foundation has accused Health Minister Nicola Roxon of reneging on her promise to consult with consumers over the design and operation of the $467 million e-health record project. APF chair Roger Clarke said that given the advanced state of the project, with work already under way at lead implementation sites, “we are raising a necessarily urgent concern about …

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Second Opinion – Bipolar Diagnosis

As he struggled for decades with a depression that often left him despondent, Eric Wilson never thought to get a second opinion. “This might be true of many of us,” he said. “We feel we have more ownership of what we see as our body and physical health so, if a doctor gives me a diagnosis I don’t like, I’m likely to get a second opinion. It just wasn’t the …

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Calls for schools to address suicide prevention

By Barbara Miller – ABC NewsUpdated Thu Mar 10, 2011 9:55pm AEDT There are fresh calls for a suicide prevention program to be included as part of the new national curriculum in schools. Fears of sparking copycat actions and a certain stigma surrounding it means suicide is a subject not often broached. But the public health advocacy group Suicide Prevention Australia says there is no evidence that talking about it …

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Coalition pledges to boost mental health

BARRY O’FARRELL has committed to spending $30 million on establishing a Mental Health Commission and has promised to quarantine funding for mental health from the overall health budget. Announcing the funding at the Lifeline telephone counselling centre in south-western Sydney, the Opposition Leader said the commission would be modelled on a similar one introduced in Western Australia. ”A Mental Health Commission is needed to drive the necessary reforms to improve …

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Drug use soars in aged-care facilities

Adam Cresswell, Health editor From: The Australian March 07, 2011 12:00AM MORE elderly people are being dosed up on powerful mood-altering drugs, according to a study that finds use of the drugs in some nursing homes has soared. A study of nearly 2500 residents of 44 western Sydney nursing homes shows that nearly a quarter are taking antidepressants almost every day, up from 15 per cent in 1993. The proportion on …

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President of ANZMH Association, to stand for General Council of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists

Prof Philip Morris, President of the Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association, is standing for election as one of the Queensland representatives on the General Council of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.  He would very much welcome your support.   Prof Morris said “the the election of General Councilors provides an opportunity to set a new positive direction for the Royal Australian and New Zealand College …

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Depression May Worsen Over Time in Addiction-Prone Women

FRIDAY, Feb. 25 (HealthDay News) by — Robert PreidtDepression symptoms increase over time for women in their 30s and 40s who are prone to addiction problems and antisocial behavior, researchers report. The new study looked at how personal history, family life and neighborhood instability affected alcoholism symptoms in 273 women over a 12-year period during their early years of marriage and motherhood. The participants lived in the U.S. Midwest. While …

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Skills for Psychological Recovery: basic and effective strategies to manage common psychological issues following disaster

Workshop A significant proportion of people experience a range of psychological issues and distress in the months after a disaster. Many of the people affected in this way can be assisted by primary care and mental health professionals using brief but effective strategies. The Skills for Psychological Recovery (SPR) protocol was developed as an evidence-informed resource for use by health and mental health personnel of varying backgrounds and qualifications. The …

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The Occurence Of Depression Increasing During Financial Crisis Due To Income Inequalities

Due to the recent economic crisis, an increase of health inequalities between socio-economic groups has been noticed in both developed and developing countries. The World Health Organization, the World Bank and the United Nations Development Programme have all reported these inequalities and emphasized its importance and made this issue a priority. There is evidence that such inequalities not only affect general health, but have a particular impact on mental health. …

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