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November 11, 2011

ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID

We've linked to this resource before, however it's definitely one worth revisiting.  Designed by Orygen Research Centre at the University of Melbourne and beyondblue, the guidelines consider culturally appropriate communication as well as guidelines for assisting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experiencing a range of mental health problems.  This includes problematic alcohol and drug use, as well as depression, suicidal thinking, psychosis and trauma and loss.

Mental Health First Aid Guidelines for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People (1MB PDF)

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July 25, 2011

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES FOR INDIGENOUS YOUNG PEOPLE

The Mental Health Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Service have published a new series of brochures for Indigenous young people on specific mental health issues.   Following on from their successful range of alcohol and other drug resources from a few years back, these brochures are low literacy, youth friendly and have been designed in consultation with Indigenous young people.   Copies are free of charge, and available from the Alcohol and Drug Information Service on 1800 177 833.  Dovetail are hosting electronic copies on our website, so check them out below.

Dual Diagnosis (1.7MB pdf)

Self harm and suicide (1.7MB pdf)

Medicines (1.7MB pdf)

Mood Disorders (1.7MB pdf)

Psychosis (1.7MB pdf)

Trauma (1.7MB pdf)

Adjustment Disorders (1.7MB pdf)


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July 15, 2011

MENTAL HEALTH WEEK 2011: GRANTS OPEN

The 2011 Mental Health Week will be held across Australia from the 9th to the 15th of October.  Grants are available from the Mental Health Association Queensland (MHAQ) to assist community organisations in holding community events throughout the week.   Grants from $500 to $2000 are available, so get together with other services in your local area and create an event to help raise awareness about mental illness.

Mental Health Association Queensland Website.


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July 1, 2011

MENTAL HEALTH AND CHILD PROTECTION

The South Australian Department of Families and Communities have published a report titled "Keeping the Child in Mind:  Child Protection Practice and Parental Mental Health".   The report provides an overview of the issue and goes on to describe a study conducted in South Australia, which looked at the ways that child protection workers assess risk in cases involving parental mental health problems.   The report contains stories from workers, illustrating the challenges brought up by this issue and some ways forward for improving practice.

Click here to download the full report.

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June 23, 2011

NEW PERSPECTIVES ON YOUNG PEOPLES' HEALTH AND WELLBEING

In a developed country such as Australia, it's often taken for granted that overall health and wellbeing is improving, as medical science advances and life expectancy increases.  Researcher and writer Richard Eckersley challenges these assumptions with regards to young people, in a piece he wrote for Croaky, Crikey's health blog.  The author argues that the significance of material and structural determinants of health has been declining, while there has been growing importance of existential and relationship factors like a sense of identity, belonging and purpose.   He describes a shift from economic deprivation to a problem of excess.   He believes that these changes are evidenced by a shift from physical health problems to mental health problems:  problems which aren't as easily defined by social determinants.

Click here to read more.

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April 21, 2011

QUEENSLAND HEALTH DUAL DIAGNOSIS GUIDELINES PUBLISHED

Queensland Health has published the Dual Diagnosis Clinical Guidelines and Clinicians Toolkit.   While the guides are published specifically for Queensland Health staff, they contain a range of useful contacts and information about good practice for people with coexisting mental health and AOD problems.  These guidelines provide a way forward following the release of the Queensland Health Dual Diagnosis Policy, developed in 2008.   These guidelines explain the ways that the "No wrong door" policy should be implemented at the local level.

Read the Clinicians Guidelines

Read the Clinicians Toolkit

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April 1, 2011

PSYCHOSIS AND COEXISTING SUBSTANCE MISUSE

From the United Kingdom, comes this comprehensive treatment guideline that could be of use to workers here in Australia.   Titled "Psychosis with Coexisting Substance Misuse: assessment and management in adults and young people".   While some of the information is specific to the UK, there's a lot of really useful information in this guide including discussion of various models of service delivery, an overview of the evidence for various treatment options and information specific to service delivery to young people.

View the guideline

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