Lives blighted by an unhealthy mindset

Patrick McGorry From: The Australian October 09, 2010 12:00AM Neglect of mental health has been a gross failure of policy affecting millions of people. AUSTRALIANS have had an awakening to the fact mental ill-health represents Australia’s biggest remaining health challenge. Unprecedented public discussion and sustained media coverage of the issue has exposed a gross national failure of public policy that has allowed millions of Australians to be excluded from the …

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“Am I losing my marbles”

Prof. Philip Morris Over the next few years this will be a question many doctors will hear from patients. And some of us will perhaps ask this of ourselves! As the leading edge of the ‘baby boomer’ generation moves through their 60’s and 70’s many of them will start to wonder if memory complaints are the start of more serious cognitive problems or dementia. It is crucial to distinguish sinister …

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New Service for Health Care Professionals

ReachOutPro.com.au provides access and advice for health care professionals on a range of technologies and online resources that can be used to enhance the effectiveness of psychosocial support and mental health care provided to young people.    You can: Gain quick access to resources and information for young people Learn about new technologies and what they mean to young people Find answers to questions like “what is social networking?” and …

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Promoting mental health – are we focussing on the most needy sector of our rural communities?

A study that investigated the relationship between levels of mental health and well-being (in terms of self-reported levels of distress) with employment and occupational status of rural residents was undertaken as a component of the Australian Rural Mental Health Study and reported. Psychological distress was measured using Kessler-10, with an additional item addressing functional impairment (days out of role). The highest levels of distress and functional impairment were reported by …

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Meeting Primary Mental Health Care Needs of the people who live in the Rural and Remote Areas of Central Australia

Since January 2010, the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Alice Springs Base has provided an outreach primary mental health service. Three Mental Health Nurses comprise this new service which covers the region north east to south east of Alice Springs. The service works in collaboration with the General Practice Network NT (Alice Springs) and the NT Mental Health Service. Aboriginal Mental Health Workers will work in conjunction with the Service to …

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Community resilience following natural disasters

In March 2010, rural and remote Queensland experienced major flooding from Springsure, west of Gladstone in Central Queensland, west to Bedourie and south along the NSW border which equates to an area the size of Victoria. Charleville was inundated by two major floods within a week and 140 residents were relocated to an evacuation centre at the showgrounds, appoximately 200 homes were flood affected in Roma. The town of St …

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14th Pacific Rim College of Psychiatrists Scientific Meeting is being held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

The 14th Pacific Rim College of Psychiatrists Scientific Meeting is being held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from the 28th – 30th October 2010. The conference program will feature over 140 presenters. The list of Keynote, Workshop and Symposium speakers and topics can be viewed here. Conference registration is now open online. You can view full details here

E-mental health research & development

E-hub is an initiative of the Centre for Mental Health Research at the Australian National University. e-hub develops and evaluates websites that deliver psycho-education and psychological nterventions for common mental health problems, as well as clinical and consumer networking. A range of the e-hub’s projects have explored the importance and quality of health information on the Internet, and the use of the Internet for disseminating public health information on depression. …

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Queensland leads the Way…

Over a year ago the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission identified the need for a national anti-stigma campaign focusing on mental health. It was one of twelve recommendations made in relation to mental health, a recommendation supported by the Federal government. Today, a State government has taken a real step towards implementing this recommendation, at least in Queensland. In welcoming today’s announcement of an $8.5 million commitment to the …

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$1.2 billion investment in mental health services to help the state’s most vulnerable

The Keneally Government will invest $1.231 billion in mental health services around the State, Minister Assisting on Health (Mental Health) Barbara Perry announced today. The 2010-11 NSW Budget sees $21 million dedicated to mental health capital works. Three more Psychiatric Emergency Care Centres (PECCs) are also due for completion. These are dedicated mental health treatment areas with specialist clinicians attached to major hospital emergency departments. Ms Perry said completion of …

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