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The need for mental health services for older people living in rural areas is increasing in South Australia. Providing such care requires coordination between several types of services across government, hospital and non-government sectors. The purpose of this study was to identify barriers to collaboration...
This thesis explores the development of mental health systems in the Pacific Island Countries (PICs) of Samoa and Tonga through an examination of several policy transfer events from the colonial to the contemporary. Beginning in the 1990s, mental health became an area of global policy...
Pasefika rates of access to Counties Manukau District Health Board’s (CMDHB) Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) are below the 3% per annum expectation set by the Ministry of Health. CMDHB established a Pasefika specific CAMHS in 2008, Vaka Toa (VT). Our clinical experience...
This article explores the legal and clinical processes underpinning gender differences in Australian Family Court statistics which show that mental illness is the primary reason for limiting mothers’ contact with their children. Analysis of a sample of published judgments from 2009 to 2011 featuring mental...
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) represents a major opportunity to deliver much-needed services and support for people with a range of disabilities. The Mental Health Council of Australia (MHCA) supports the NDIS, especially given the bi-partisan commitment to increasing funding to support people with...
This study finds that more support, services and education are needed to appropriately care for Australia's ageing population.
This paper explores the concept of collaborative care, particularly in relation to a range of new models of organisation and service that are emerging in response to one of the most problematic areas of public policy – mental health. These emerging models...
This report finds that doctors reported substantially higher rates of psychological distress and attempted suicide compared to both the Australian population and other Australian professionals.
New research finds that the Australian mental health system is failing young men and suggests modern technology offers the potential to improve mental health and wellbeing.
The first Young and Well National Survey, a scientific study of young men from across...
This paper explores differences between two types of illicit drug users (heroin users and non-heroin users) in relation to injecting risk behaviours, self-reported mental health, driving and crime.
Key findingsParticipants were divided into two groups based on recent heroin use: heroin...