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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Building the Case for Mental Health Reform in Australia

A Review of Expenditure and System Design Background Mental illness is a significant challenge in Australia. Yet despite the significant policy attention and substantial additional funding to mental health over the past two decades, the mental health and social services systems remains highly fragmented. In 2012 Medibank commissioned the Nous Group to analyse the total direct expenditure; both health and non-health, on supporting people with mental illness, to examine the …

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A collaborative model of care across service sectors for those with Young Onset Dementia

Bridging the gap between Diagnosis and Community Young Onset Dementia is the onset of dementia under the age of 65 years. Current prevalence data suggests that some 24000 people nationally are affected by Young Onset Dementia. In Victoria, access to services for those with dementia under the age of 65 is challenging as consumers and referrers attempt to navigate the complexity of aged and disability protocols and legislations that poorly …

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Evaluation of an Australian primary mental health care program: 10 years on

The Access to Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS) program was introduced by the Australian Government in 2001. ATAPS enables general practitioners (GPs) to refer patients with high prevalence mental disorders for low-cost evidence-based mental health care and targets specific hard to reach groups. The achievements of the program 10 years on will be examined including participation rates by professionals and patients, patient and service provision characteristics, and patient outcomes. Data are sourced …

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