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

01
Apr 16

Mental Health Stepped Care – Off the ladder and onto the staircase

A critical factor in driving strategic mental health service system reform is the interplay between a region’s infrastructure, the investment that has already been made, and the degree to which leadership and direction is available for guiding the implementation of strategies to make personalised, place-based approaches to managing mental health a reality. At a national … Continue reading Mental Health Stepped Care – Off the ladder and onto the staircase

15
Mar 16

The PHN role in Mental Health Reform

Primary Health Networks (PHNs) have been established with the key objectives of increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of medical services for patients – particularly those at risk of poor health outcomes – and improving coordination of care to ensure patients receive the right care, in the right place, at the right time[1]. Establishing PHNs provides … Continue reading The PHN role in Mental Health Reform

04
Nov 15

Predictable & Preventable: Aboriginal People with Cognitive Disabilities in the Criminal Justice System

Below is a case study taken from ‘A predictable and preventable path: Aboriginal people with mental and cognitive disabilities in the criminal justice system’ – a new report by Eileen Baldry, Ruth McCausland, Leanne Dowse and Elizabeth McEntyre from UNSW. Michael is an Indigenous man in his mid-20s. He was diagnosed as a child as … Continue reading Predictable & Preventable: Aboriginal People with Cognitive Disabilities in the Criminal Justice System