05
Feb 18

How to achieve an integrated mental health system

In 2015 the Government announced the biggest reforms to the mental health sector in decades.  The aim?  To create an integrated mental health system that would deliver better outcomes for people living with mental illness. Three years on, while reform set the wheels in motion, we’re yet to see significant change.   So how do we … Continue reading How to achieve an integrated mental health system

21
Jun 17

Engaged staff are the key to high quality Mental Health services – but how?

Author:Sasha Eden

Research has clearly shown that happier staff are more productive. When we are interested and challenged by our work, believe in the vision of the organisation, and are empowered by our leaders, we put more energy into bringing that vision to life. We personally invest in the team’s collective success and own the challenges along … Continue reading Engaged staff are the key to high quality Mental Health services – but how?

09
Dec 16

How much is mental health costing your organisation?

An intensive report released by Price Waterhouse Coopers has revealed that mental health is costing Australian businesses up to $10.9 billion a year.  Compensation claims continue to be one the greatest costs to most businesses, costing up to $146 billion a year, but are you aware of the hidden costs? Price Waterhouse Coopers have identified … Continue reading How much is mental health costing your organisation?

07
Oct 16

Do you know how to provide psychological first aid?

“If somebody collapses due to a physical illness such as a heart attack in the work environment, at school, at a stadium, a concert, on public transport, in the street or at home, that person is likely to get help from somebody who knows about physical health first aid. If somebody experiences a severe acute … Continue reading Do you know how to provide psychological first aid?

27
Sep 16

Mental health hospitalisation rates vastly higher in remote areas

Residents of regional and remote areas are far more likely to spend time in hospital for mental health issues than those living in cities, according to a new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). Mental health hospitalisation rates for the 2013-14 period were highest in remote areas at 1,096 per 100,000 … Continue reading Mental health hospitalisation rates vastly higher in remote areas

21
Sep 16

Mental Health Reform: Change management as important as change itself

Change is an inevitable part of any nation’s development. Fifty years ago the Commonwealth moved our nation’s currency from English pounds, shillings and pence, to a decimal system with the Australian dollar. This important reform was a substantial undertaking with years spent on planning and developing designs, as well as a comprehensive education campaign to bring … Continue reading Mental Health Reform: Change management as important as change itself

09
Sep 16

Take the time to stop, talk & trust – Ask: R U OK?

Each year, 1 in 5 Australians will experience a mental illness, but only 35% will actually access a health service, according to a survey by Mindframe. Exclusive research commissioned by Mental Health Australia has revealed that young adults between 18 and 29 years old were the least likely to socialise with friends and family and … Continue reading Take the time to stop, talk & trust – Ask: R U OK?

11
Aug 16

Mental Health Reform: Getting to where we want to go

July 1st 2016 has come and gone, and most places in Australia now know when the full roll-out of the NDIS is scheduled to commence. Of course, rumours abound, and nothing this big ever works perfectly, but it seems close to certain that tens of thousands of people with a psychosocial disability will receive NDIS packages … Continue reading Mental Health Reform: Getting to where we want to go