Thoughts on Carers & Consumers in Rural & Remote Areas in Australia

Carers – Rural and Remote: The ongoing impacts on the lives of mental health carers in rural and remote Australia are significant. Services for the consumer are much less available than in the city and the carer becomes a defacto ‘case manager’. The impacts on the carers’ life and health, immediate and long term finances, job and educational prospects form part of their concerns and are quite separate from their …

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How to help psychologically during – and after – the floods

Thousands of Queenslanders have been affected by the recent floods that have disrupted lives and created much distress, cutting off homes and even entire towns and causing the evacuation of  thousands. Kevin Ronan, a Rockhampton resident and Chair of the Australian Psychological Society’s Disaster Reference Group, said: “There is no doubt that many people are going to be highly distressed by these events, but I have witnessed a great sense …

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John Mendoza Joins Mental Health Assessment Company

Perth, 14 December 2010 John Mendoza Former Chair of the National Advisory Council on Mental Health, John Mendoza, is to join the Board of Global Mind Screen Group, a leading mental health assessment company. “We are delighted that John has decided to join our Board and support Global Mind Screen’s goal of making a difference to the mental health of Australians through early assessment,” said Marshall Couper, Chief Executive Officer …

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The federal government says it is spending more than ever before on mental health services

The federal government says it is spending more than ever before on mental health services but admits it can do better.Mental Health Minister Mark Butler said the National Mental Health Report 2010 showed total mental health spending by governments and private insurers rose by 10 per cent in real terms to $5.32 billion. The report incorporates data for 2007-08, covering the final period of the former government and the first …

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New study investigates impact of alcohol price on illicit drug taking

A project designed to investigate the impact of alcohol pricing on young Australians’ drinking patterns and consumption of illicit drugs has been awarded a prestigious Australian Research Council linkage grant. The two year study, by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) at the University of New South Wales, in collaboration with the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics (BOCSAR), will use the internet to canvass young Australians’ responses to …

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Call to fill mental health void

Australia should trial a UK-based program that is helping people with moderate depression and anxiety, and which could fill a major gap in existing services, says a leading psychiatrist. The nation’s thinly spread mental health services can focus on the acute or crisis-support ends of the spectrum, leaving many people with milder though still debilitating problems without a treatment option. Associate Professor Michael Baigent said “a service such as the …

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US Research – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Report

Researchers of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reported on Nov 18 that in 2009, 45 million, or 20 percent, of adults aged 18 or older in the U.S. suffered from some mental disorder or mental illness in the past year. Among those with mental illness, 11 million or 4.8 percent had a serious mental illness.The report determined that women were more likely than men to suffer mental …

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Outback rain brings rejuvenation of land and spirit

Sarak Elks From: The Australian November 13, 2010 12:00AM During the decade-long drought, there were anecdotal reports of rates of depression and suicide among those on the land rising, deepening the divide between those in the city and the bush. Figures from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare show that 14 out of every 100,000 men in metropolitan areas die by suicide compared with 18 out of every 100,000 …

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