Subscribe to the Dovetail weekly digest & magazine

 
 

Required fields

 
 

October 24, 2014

NEW HEADSPACE LOCATIONS ANNOUNCED

Coinciding with mental health week last week, the federal government have announced the locations for the new Headspace services for Queensland.  The new locations include Moreton Bay North (Caboolture), Gladstone, Brisbane east (Capalaba) and Bundaberg.  It is expected that these services will become operational over the next two years, bringing the total number of Headspace centres nationwide to 100.

For further information go to http://www.headspace.org.au/

Read More

 

October 10, 2014

QUEENSLAND MENTAL HEALTH DRUG AND ALCOHOL STRATEGIC PLAN LAUNCHED

The Queensland Mental Health Commission (QMHC) has launched the Queensland Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Strategic Plan 2014 - 2019. The plan is the result of extensive consultation with a broad range of stakeholders including people with personal experience as well as their families and professionals who work with people experiencing mental health or alcohol and other drug problems. The plan is based on four pillars: better services, better awareness, prevention and early intervention, better engagement and collaboration, better transparency and accountability.  Associated with the plan is the "Stronger Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Grants Program", offering a total of $500 000 across three initiatives: Community Wellbeing and Enhancement Initiative, Community Awareness Initiative, and Capacity Building for Community Wellbeing.

More information on the Queensland Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Strategic Plan

More information on the Stronger Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Grants Program

Read More

 

September 19, 2014

MENTAL HEALTH WEEK: 5TH - 12TH OF OCTOBER

National Mental Health Week is fast approaching and events are planned right around Queensland.  The theme of Mental Health Week in Queensland is "Mind Clicks: Where minds meet".  The theme refers to "the moment you click with a person, activity or group and find a sense of understanding and support that helps you feel more positive, more in control and more aware of your mental health."

Find out more information at the Queensland Mental Health Week website.

Read More

 

June 6, 2014

THE AUSTRALIAN GUIDELINES FOR THE TREATMENT OF TRAUMA

In 2013 the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health released their updated "Australian Guidelines for the Treatment of Acute Stress Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder".  The guidelines contain information on trauma and trauma reactions, information on screening, assessment and diagnosis of PTSD, and information on treatment approaches.  The guidelines also contain a specific section on trauma in children and young people as well as other special populations including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, refugee and asylum seekers, military personnel and emergency services personnel.

For more information go to the "Australian Guidelines for the Treatment of ASD and PTSD"

Read More

 

March 14, 2014

DEATHS OF CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE IN QUEENSLAND 2012-13

The Queensland Commission for Children and Young People and the Child Guardian has published their annual report "Deaths of children and young people Queensland 2012-13".  The report considers all deaths of young people but focuses on the circumstances and risk factors surrounding non-natural causes of death.  The report identified 22 children and young people aged between 12 and 17 years who suicided during 2012-13, 27.3% of whom were identified as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.  Half of the 22 children who suicided were known to the child protection system, while nine of the young people who suicided were known to use alcohol or other drugs.

Download "Annual Report: Deaths of children and young people in Queensland 2012-13"

Read More

 

January 21, 2014

QUEENSLAND MENTAL HEALTH COMMISSION - HIGHLIGHTS FROM FIRST 6 MONTHS

Queensland's Mental Health Commissioner has released a paper outlining their key achievements from the Commission's first six months.  Download their report to get a picture of the types of projects and reviews the QMHC are undertaking as they assemble their Advisory Council and prepare to release their inauagural Strategic Plan.  You can also contribute your thoughts and ideas to the policy direction of the Commission by completing their online survey here.

Read More

 

October 25, 2013

HELPING PROBLEM GAMBLERS USING MOTIVATIONAL INTERVIEWING

Turning Point in Victoria recently held a seminar looking at the role of motivational interviewing in treating problem gamblers.  The presentation by Professor David Hodgins from the University of Calgary looks at motivational approaches to gambling on a telephone hotline, people who sign voluntary self-exclusion agreements with casinos and people who seek self-help information via the internet.

Watch "Helping problem gamblers change: self-directed brief treatments"

Read More

 

October 4, 2013

MENTAL HEALTH WEEK 2013

Mental Health Week 2013 runs from Monday October 7th to 13th, with events happening right across Queensland.  Mental illness can affect anyone and the whole community has a role to play to support people experiencing mental health problems.  For this reason, this year's theme is "We're all in this together".  The launch event featuring a Q and A panel is happening in Brisbane on Wednesday 9th of October at the Judith Wright Centre for Contemporary Art from 10.30am.

Find out more about Mental Health Week 2013 here.

Read More

 

August 16, 2013

PEOPLE WITH MENTAL HEALTH DISORDERS AND COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM

The Australian Human Rights Commission has published a report titled "People with mental health disorders and cognitive impairment in the criminal justice system: cost-benefit analysis of early support and diversion." The report looked at de-identified case studies of actual people with mental health problems and cognitive impairments, and considered the costs of their contact with the criminal justice system.  The authors found that young people with a mental illness or cognitive impairment were 6 times more likely to be in prison than a young person without one of these disabilities.  Unsurprisingly, they also found that for every dollar spent on early intervetion, between $1.40 and $2.40 would be saved in the longer term.

Download "People with mental health disorders and cognitive impairment in the criminal justice system: cost-benefit analysis of early support and diversion" (520KB PDF)

Read More

 

August 2, 2013

NEW QUEENSLAND MENTAL HEALTH COMMISSION

The new Queensland Mental Health Commission is up and running.  Dr Lesley van Schoubroeck is Queensland's first Mental Health Commissioner and her role is to bring together the collective wisdom of consumers and professionals to enhance the lives of people living with mental illness or substance misuse.  Over the next twelve months the Commission will establish a Mental Health and Drug Advisory Council and develop a long-term Strategic Plan.  There are a range of ways that workers and services can provide input to the Mental Health Commission, but one of the best ways to stay in touch is to sign up to their online newsletter.

Find out more at the Queensland Mental Health Commission website.

Read More