Using Technology to Close the Gap in Mental Health Care

Most health professionals would agree that not everyone in Australia with a mental health problem gets the help that they need. Anecdotal evidence in the media and from community members also supports this assertion. In 2014 the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare reported that only 70% of Australians who have a mental health problem receive any professional health at all. It remains unclear how many people who need help …

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Non-invasive treatment for depression and bipolar disorder investigated at Black Dog Institute

A new, non-invasive non-medication treatment for depression including bipolar disorder is now being trialled at the Black Dog Institute, University of NSW in Sydney. The Sydney Neurostimulation Centre led by Professor Colleen Loo is investigating whether transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) could be a treatment for depression and a potential alternative to medication and electroconvulsive therapy. TDCS is a very mild form of brain stimulation. The stimulation is painless and …

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Dr Jan Orman from the Black Dog Institute to present on the eMHPrac project

In 2014, only 70% of the Australians who needed mental health care received professional help. This figure has increased from 47% in 2010 and the 34% in 2007 and the improvement may reflect greater accessibility to services and the greater awareness of mental health treatment options. Still, there remains a large gap between the number of people who need professional help and those who who receive it. Dr Jan Orman, General Practice …

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Keynote highlight: Psychological Interventions and Treatments: Future Directions

Associate Professor Vijaya Manicavasagar, Director of Psychological Services and Director of the Psychology Clinic, Black Dog Institute, University of New South Wales, BSc. Psyhology (Hons), M Psychology (Hons), PhD to present Keynote at the 16th International Mental Health Conference being held at QT Hotel, Surfers Paradise Thursday 13 August to Friday 14 August 2015. Presentation Title Psychological Interventions and Treatments: Future Directions Overview  This talk focuses on recent developments in psychological interventions including …

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Associate Professor Vijaya Manicavasagar to present Keynote at IMHC

Associate Professor Vijaya Manicavasagar, Director of Psychological Services and Director of the Psychology Clinic, Black Dog Institute, University of New South Wales, BSc. Psyhology (Hons), M Psychology (Hons), PhD to present Keynote at the 16th International Mental Health Conference being held at QT Hotel, Surfers Paradise Thursday 13 August to Friday 14 August 2015. The Conference will bring together leading clinical practitioners, academics, service providers and mental health experts to deliberate and discuss Mental …

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Mental health patients facing cuts to crucial services amid funding uncertainty: experts

Published on ABC Radio Australia, Updated 24 March 2015, 10:50 AEDT by medical reporter Sophie Scott Thousands of Australians seeking help for mental health problems face growing uncertainty because ongoing federal funding for hundreds of contracts has not been guaranteed after June 30. Seventy mental health groups, including Mental Health Australia, Headspace, and the Black Dog Institute have written an open letter to Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Health Minister Sussan …

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Men and suicide: Know the warning signs

UNSW Australia released 17 March 2015, Author Dan Wheelahan Men who feel suicidal often display distinctive warning signs, offering those closest to them significant opportunities to intervene, a study by UNSW researchers at the Black Dog Institute has found. Men who feel suicidal often display distinctive warning signs, offering those closest to them significant opportunities to intervene, a study by UNSW researchers at the Black Dog Institute has found. The Men’s Experiences …

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Enhancing the psychological treatment of bipolar disorder

Enhancing the psychological treatment of bipolar disorder with Wellbeing Plans Workshop will be presented by Dr Kristine Kafer, Clinical Psychologist/Psychology Program Developer, Black Dog Institute at the The 15th International Mental Health Conference at the QT Hotel, Surfers Paradise on Wednesday the 27th of August.  Bipolar disorder is an intriguing and disabling psychiatric disorder. It is possibly one of the only psychiatric conditions where sufferers actually crave the return of some …

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