Telehealth Initiative to Improve Rural Access

Regional Health Minister Dr David Gillespie has welcomed a telehealth initiative commencing which allows improved access to psychological services, for regional Australians. He says a major barrier to rural residents accessing vital mental health treatment will be removed by a new Medicare rebate being introduced for online videoconferencing mental health consultations, with psychologists, social workers and occupational therapists. The Coalition government initiative will cost $9.1 million over four years from 2017–18 …

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Claire Lynch: The Far West Mental Health Recovery Centre

A collaborative mental health workforce development experience in remote NSW… the continuing story. The Far West Mental Health Recovery Centre is a residential sub-acute mental health facility in Broken Hill operated as a partnership between the Far West Local Health District and Neami National, a specialist mental health non-government organisation. The service has been operating since March 2013 and has greatly enhanced the range of mental health services available to …

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Georgie Harman, CEO of Beyondblue, Discusses “Impacts & Outcomes, Putting People First”

Georgie Harman, CEO of beyondblue will be attending this year’s 9th Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium this October, discussing this year’s Conference theme, “Impacts & outcomes, putting people first”. Since beyondblue was founded in 2000, there has been enormous growth in public awareness of mental health issues. The government’s health reform strategy has seen the establishment of Primary Health Networks that tailor services to meet the needs of local communities. Contesting …

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Rural, Remote and Regional Clinical Supervision Programmes for Youths

Distance supervision:  What does a focussed rural, remote and regional Clinical Supervision Programme contribute to clinical practice within a child and youth mental health setting? From the abstract The presentation will address the structure of the current practice supervision programme and outline the formal and informal links developed by positioning the programme within a major metropolitan CYMHS health district.  The presentation will highlight the additional benefits which augment the individual …

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Alison Fairleigh Making Inroads Into Rural and Regional General Practitioner Mental Health

Congratulations Alison Fairleigh (Senior Manager – Community Engagement) of selectability on being a recipient of the David Horn Memorial Medal, which was presented to her at the Rural Doctor’s Association of Queensland (RDAQ) 2017 Awards. Alison was recognised for her service to rural medicine. For several years now, Alison has been working with medical students to help prepare them for life in rural Australia, including caring for their own mental health. She …

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Aboriginal Mental Health Workers in Rural NSW

Australia’s rural community mental health (CMH) services face serious workforce shortages. Research specifically investigating factors impacting retention of rural-based CMH health professionals is scarce. This study (part of a larger rural nursing and allied health workforce retention study) identified factors affecting the job satisfaction of Aboriginal mental health workers (AMHWs) working in CMH services in rural NSW. AMHWs are either trainees or graduates of NSW Health’s Aboriginal Mental Health Worker …

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Journeys of Rural Mental Health Consumers

‘Let me be the driver’ – I have removed the case’ – journeys of rural mental health consumers Reflecting back to the Mantra on Salt Kingscliff conference – its beautiful location and the topics of presentation, discussions and debate – further reinforces and builds on my thoughts of consumers being the driver of their own care. A number of presentations at the conference followed this theme and as we move …

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Perinatal and Infant Mental Health (PIMH) in Rural and Remote Queensland

Over recent decades, strong evidence has emerged that the foundations for a child’s growth and development are laid in the early years, from conception to around age 3. Perinatal mental health issues (PIMH) can impair a parent’s ability to provide responsive care to their child, and a range of issues can interfere with the development of a secure attachment relationship between parent and infant. Preventing long-term negative impacts on the …

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Government urged to address ‘epidemic’ Indigenous suicide rates in remote Australia

Aboriginal communities across the nation are calling on the Federal Government to urgently address what they describe as an “epidemic” of Indigenous suicides in remote Australia. The crisis is most acute in the remote Kimberley region of Western Australia, where a 10-year-old girl recently hung herself. Indigenous leaders there say the Federal Government must act now to prevent further deaths. The call comes as the first-ever National Aboriginal and Torres …

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Sugarland performance provides platform for regional students to discuss mental health

Hoping to shed light on mental health issues and Indigenous culture, north Queensland high schools have opened their doors to educational performance arts workshops. Pioneer State High School drama teacher, Sarah Ling, welcomed the workshops into her classroom earlier this week as reported by ABC News. She explained the workshops were run by company members of the Australian Theatre For Young People who are involved in Sugarland — a play …

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