Dementia, Decision-Making and Family Conflict – The Role of Mediation in a Legal Setting

The Guardianship Board of South Australia is tasked with making decisions about people with impaired decision-making capacity, including those suffering from mental illness or dementia. In addition to formal hearings, the Guardianship Board of SA conducts mediations or “Preliminary Conferences”, where the Board endeavours to assists parties to reach agreement about decisions and outcomes for the person who, as a result of the illness, no longer has decision-making capacity (a …

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Participation in green exercise: Experiences of people with acute mental distress in an inpatient psychiatric facility

Green exercise is defined as any physical activity undertaken in natural settings. Synergistic benefits of green exercise have additional emotional and mentally restorative properties. People with mental distress describe experience of profound symptoms. Symptoms often lead to reoccurring admissions to inpatient psychiatric facilities. These purpose-built environments are characteristically restrictive. Participation in green exercise programs in this setting may reduce distress and improve mood and wellbeing. Green exercise can also provide …

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Suicide and social media: Youth mental health

Social media has much potential for raising community awareness about the problem of suicide due to the capacity for expression of emotion, care and support for those affected as well as a way of channelling and managing grief. However, it can also increase levels of distress or support negative sub-cultures that promote and support suicide, self-harm and pornography. Young people can be unwittingly preyed upon by those pedalling pornography on …

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“When would my patient benefit from admission to a Private Psychiatric facility”?

This is one of the most common questions asked by General Practitioners who are managing patients suffering from a broad spectrum of mental health issues. Typically patients that are referred into private psychiatric hospitals are those suffering from depression, anxiety or a substance abuse problem. These are the high prevalence disorders that present most commonly in the community and cause the greatest morbidity. Although these patients can be managed in …

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MENTAL HEALTH FORUM HOLDS FIRST MEETING

By Reporter Kerrin Thomas & Photo Journalist Gavin Coote Updated Sat Jul 6, 2013 2:58pm AEST Eight mental health agencies have met in Tamworth for the first time to discuss the roll-out of a new program. The Partners In Recovery program brings together agencies operating across the region, including Challenge Services, North West Region Community Care and Billabong Clubhouse. The head of the agency leading, Pamela Rutledge from Richmond PRA, …

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Engaging and managing angry young men with psychosis

Engagement with antisocial clients presents considerable difficulty, particularly when the impact of brain injuries exacerbates premorbid personality traits. Prof Warrick Brewer of the University of Melbourne Centre for Youth Mental Health, VIC, Australia and A/Prof Brendan Murphy of the Maroondah Hospital will be presenting on this subject at the 14th International Mental Health Conference be held at Outrigger, Surfers Paradise on Monday the 5th and Tuesday the 6th of August 2013. Prof …

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Art Psychotherapy a creative space for those who experience mental health challenges

Visual art can be a beneficial intervention form in supporting families and children experiencing mental health challenges. Case studies show how art can be a valuable tool for children and their families to gain a greater understanding of each others experience of living with mental health difficulties. How such understanding can have the potential to bring about a sense of increased wellbeing for the individual as well as the family as …

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A psychodynamic approach in the work with a depressed mother

A practitioner researcher approach – Dr George Karpetis – which aims to understand practice through reflexivity and to improve service effectiveness (Gibbs, 2001). The present study adopts process reflection that draws on psychodynamic theory and studies both conscious and unconscious aspects of practice (Ruch, 2007). The author studied his own social work practice in a Community Mental Health Centre (CMHC) for Children and Adolescents. Both the practitioner and the multidisciplinary …

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Supporting Those Who Care: Partners in Depression National Program Outcomes

The Hunter Institute of Mental Health has launched their national evaluation report ‘Supporting Those Who Care: Partners in Depression National Program Outcomes’ report The report draws attention to the potential risk of poor mental health and wellbeing amongst the 2.6 million Australians who care for someone with a mental illness. The national evaluation of the Partners in Depression program demonstrates the need for evidence-based interventions that focus on looking after …

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DSM-5 won’t increase mental health work claims – here’s why

By Nick Glozier The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM-5) has copped the predicted criticisms since its release on the weekend. Most centre on the idea that more of us will be diagnosed with mental disorders, as the diagnostic thresholds are lowered. Critics have also argued these thresholds will lead to an increase in claims for work-related disability or compensation, allowing more people to …

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