Post-natal depression and smoking cessation before, during and after pregnancy

Background: A substantial proportion of women give up smoking before, during and after pregnancy. It is estimated that between 7% to 17% of post-partum women may experience depression, with a higher risk among those women with a history of clinical depression. However, little is known about the relationship between maternal mental health and smoking cessation. Our longitudinal study explores whether post-natal depression is related to changes in patterns of tobacco …

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Defence eyes states for health overhaul

Sean Parnell, FOI editor From: The Australian November 08, 2010 12:00AM MORE medics will work in public hospitals and dozens of military clinics will close in a major restructuring of defence health services. There will also be a greater emphasis on rehabilitation and mental health care. As operations in Afghanistan become more dangerous and protracted, multi-disciplinary health hubs are being established on home bases and new links formed with state …

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Mental health a top Aussie worry

Peter Wilson, Europe correspondentFrom: The Australian November 03, 2010 12:00AM GLOBAL warming and mental health problems provoke more public concern in Australia than in any other country covered by an international survey. When people in eight countries that have almost half the world’s population were asked to choose the greatest challenges facing their country, 37 per cent of Australians named global warming compared with an overall average of 25 per …

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Mental health staff should fly-in, fly-out of bush: Rural Doctors Association

By Jane BardonTuesday, 10/10/2006 The Rural Doctors Association of Australia is suggesting the federal and state governments should provide fly-in, fly-out mental health services to offset staff shortages in regional and remote areas. It says the federal government’s announcement yesterday it’s expanding access to mental health staff under Medicare and setting up new rural clinics will not be effective unless workers can be persuaded to go to work in the …

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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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