Rural mental health findings to be released

A team of researchers led by Dr Delwar Hossain, from the University of Southern Queensland’s (USQ) Centre for Rural and Remote Area Health (CRRAH) have been looking at how primary producers and rural communities recover from the devastating effects of natural disasters. Now, after completing 12 workshops in Warwick, Dalby, Kingaroy, Goondiwindi, Dirranbandi, St George, Mitchell, Roma, Miles, Chinchilla, Charleville and Cunnamulla the team are preparing to release the results …

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Mental health in rural and regional emergency departments: An issue of equity of access

For many Australians seeking assistance with mental health problems, the Emergency Department (ED) is the primary point of contact, and it is therefore imperative that emergency services are adequately equipped to assess and manage a wide range mental health related presentations. This paper discusses the findings of a recent study investigating the mental health triage program of a large regional health network, involving consultation with 7 regional/rural emergency departments, the …

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Implementing a Multifaceted Transcultural Mental Health Capacity Building Project in Rural NSW

The Transcultural Rural and Remote Outreach Project (TRROP) is the first of its kind in rural NSW. The Project is a partnership between the Transcultural Mental Health Centre, the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health and selected rural sites. The Project was funded to develop demonstration models of service delivery and collaborative frameworks that enhance the cultural responsiveness of rural mental health services for the growing number of culturally …

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The Charter of Peer Support

The “Charter of Peer Support” The Victorian Mutual (Peer) Support Self Help Network has just published the “Charter of Peer Support”. This document has been developed by men and women and their family members who have lived through a range of mental health issues. They have come from six specialist Peer Support organisations. The core value underpinning the Charter is: “Peer Support is intrinsic to mental health and total wellbeing” …

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Mental Health Peer Workforce Competency Development Project: Development of the Australian Peer Worker Qualification

The Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council (CS&HISC), in consultation with industry, is developing a competency framework specifically for the Mental Health peer workforce (consumers and carers). The units of competency will describe work functions in Mental Health peer work roles and, when grouped together, units of competency make up a qualification. The national qualification that will be produced will be an appropriate, tailored and nationally-recognised competency framework or …

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The Black Dog Institute’s online MAP – Using the Internet to help GPs Diagnose and Treat Mood Disorders

The Black Dog Institute’s online Mood Assessment Program (MAP) is a diagnostic tool available free of charge to GPs and Psychologists throughout Australia. It is an invaluable aid in the management of mood disorders. The online MAP provides a reliable second opinion in the diagnosis in mood disorders that is especially helpful to practitioners who are working in rural and remote locations, or where specialist psychiatric support is difficult to …

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12th International Mental Health Conference – special conference issue of Psychiatry Update

Unsupportive family associated with bipolar Unsupportive family environments are one of several factors that might be predictive of bipolar disorder, suggests the results of an Australian study… more Bipolar losing its boundaries Bipolarity is at risk of becoming a nonsense label, argues Professor Gin Malhi… more Dimensional thinking needed across axis I and II disorders Aspects of eating, mood, and personality disorders appear to exist along a single dimension, argues …

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Community mental health services and Non-Government Organisations

With the advent of community mental health services now being provided by Non-Government Organisations, it is becoming evident that we are catching many people with personality disorders. I work for a PHaMS program and previously was with a HASI program in NSW, and we receive many referrals from our local Mental Health Services. I would estimate at least a third of these have PD’s, and what generally happens when we …

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Queensland Health – Exciting job opportunities in growing mental health services

 Andrew Simpson, MH Nurse Queensland’s major investment in mental health infrastructure and services offers exciting career opportunities for skilled and qualified mental health professionals. This investment includes a significant expansion of community mental health services and additional acute and extended treatment beds across Queensland. The commissioning of these new facilities provides an excellent opportunity for experienced mental health professionals to be involved in supporting consumers in their journey towards …

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Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Drug and alcohol are related to 80% of mental issues. They are powerful chemicals able to change our pattern of thought and our behaviour. Most of us would have experienced in our lifetime the effect of these powerful drugs on the brain chemicals. According to the Human Givens model the reasons why humans are not only attracted to them and enjoy a glass of wine but become addicted to alcohol …

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