The NSW Mental Health Commission is urgently seeking stories from mental health consumers and carers about their experiences of seeking hospital based care in a crisis situation. A discussion paper can be viewed here... People can email details about their experiences to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the dedicated phone line: 1300 794 992 which will be open for 4 days from Monday 4th March to Friday 8th March.
PSA has developed a Framework for pharmacists as partners in mental health care in partnership with mental health consumers, carers and care coordinators, mental health policy and practice experts, pharmacists, general practitioners, psychiatrists, psychologists and mental health nurses. MHCAA provided a submission to their framework in the consultation process. Further information can be found here.
Tasmanians can learn more about the new National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) at a series of forums now underway across Tasmania. Commonwealth Minister for Disability Reform Jenny Macklin and Tasmanian Acting Minister for Human Services, Michelle O'Byrne, said the forums would provide important information on the launch and progress of the NDIS in Tasmania. "The National Disability Insurance Scheme will fundamentally change the way we support people with disability," Ms Macklin said. "An NDIS will ensure people with disability, wherever they live, receive care and support based on their needs, and have choice and control over this support. Click here to find out more.
The e-Market consultations (supplemented by an online survey) will be held during March and April in a number of centres around Australia. The purpose of the consultations is to explore the potential for a multifunctional online platform (e-Market) tailored towards NDIS participants. Click here to find out more.
Eating Disorder Victoria (EDV) has introduced a Siblings and Friends Support Officer to provide free-of-charge confidential appointments in their rooms in Glen Iris and schools.To arrange a face-to-face or telephone appointment with a Siblings and Friends Support Officer, please contact the EDV Helpline on 1300 550 236 or 03 9885 0318, or email email@example.com. Appointments are free & confidential. For further details: click here.
A new National Mental Health Commission report that claims Australians lack basic knowledge about mental illness has been questioned by leading sector Not for Profits.
The report, Can we talk… about mental health and suicide is based on anecdotal evidence and claims that Australians feel they lack the most basic knowledge of mental illness and struggle to make sense of it.
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James M. Bolton, MD; Wendy Au, BSc; William D. Leslie, MSc, MD; Patricia J. Martens, PhD; Murray W. Enns, MD; Leslie L. Roos, PhD; Laurence Y. Katz, MD; Holly C. Wilcox, PhD; Annette Erlangsen, PhD; Dan Chateau, PhD; Randy Walld, BSc; Rae Spiwak, MSc; Monique Seguin, PhD; Katherine Shear, MD; Jitender Sareen, MD
JAMA Psychiatry. 2013;70(2):158-167. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2013.275.
Context Suicide bereavement remains understudied and poorly understood.
Objectives To examine outcomes of parents bereaved by the suicide death of their offspring and to compare these with both nonbereaved parent controls and parents who had offspring die in a motor vehicle crash (MVC).
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