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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.

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May 25, 2011

WHAT WORKS 4 U?

"What works 4 u" is part of a research project run by Orygen Youth Health in Victoria.   It aims to get real stories from young people about what helped them deal with their mental health problems.   The site aims to bridge the divide between research and practice, by hearing directly from those who receive mental health services.   There's plenty of research looking at various therapies and their impacts on specific population groups, however there's not so much information about how these treatments are perceived by the people who receive them.   The site contains great insights for workers into how young people feel about various treatment approaches.

Click here to check out What Works 4 u?

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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

CLINICAL PRACTICE GUIDELINES: DEPRESSION IN ADOLESCENTS AND YOUNG ADULTS

Beyondblue have recently released clinical practice guidelines for the treatment of depression in adolescents and young adults.   These guidelines provide an accurate, up to date summary of the published evidence on preventing, assessing and treating depression in young people.   Click here to read the "Clinical Practice Guidelines:  Depression in Adolescents and Young Adults"

http://www.beyondblue.org.au/index.aspx?link_id=6.1247

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