Capacity building in rural and remote areas is hampered by the lack of availability of trained supervisors

Capacity building in rural and remote areas is hampered by the lack of availability of trained supervisors for clinical psychology and other mental health students in rural and remote locations. Difficulties also exist with the current mental health workforce who…

The role of basic environmental factors in the development of psychiatric morbidity: introducing environmental mental health assessment tools

Dr Gelaye Nadew Psychiatric morbidity is linked to complex interactions of social, environmental and biological factors. Social and biological factors have been given comparatively better attention while environmental issues are paid a partial consideration, especially when considering rural and remote communities.…

Childhood Trauma and Neural Development. Indicators for interventions with special reference to rural and remote environments

Advances in Neurobiology and Neuropsychotherapy in understanding the development of the young brain have demonstrated the need for early intervention to address childhood trauma and subsequent detrimental neural development. The prevailing paradigms of psychopharmacological and cognitive based interventions as first…

A Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)Program in a Rural Community Mental Health setting

In Australia the recent development of draft guidelines for the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) will set a standard for the provision of services for people with this disorder. It is therefore timely to review programs that are in…

Childhood Trauma and Neural Development. Indicators for interventions with special reference to rural and remote environments

Dr Pieter Rossouw, University of Queensland will present at the 4th Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium to be held on the 19 – 21 November 2012, Adelaide, South Australia. Advances in Neurobiology and Neuropsychotherapy in understanding the development…

Preparing for environmental adversity in rural Australia: Aligning the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) with state and national policy

The Drought Mental Health Assistance Package (DMHAP) in NSW was implemented (in 2007) as a response to the observed effects of the ongoing drought on the mental health and wellbeing of rural communities. By early 2010 it was decided to…

Predictors of suicide in rural and remote areas: A psychological autopsy study in Queensland

The aims of the study are to: assess suicide predictors in rural and urban regions by comparing suicides to sudden-death controls; and, compare the differences between rural and urban suicides. The Psychological Autopsy method was utilised to investigate suicides over…

How do adults with substance dependence access treatment services? A qualitative descriptive study of help-seeking and behaviour change

Adults are less likely to access health services for substance use disorders, than any other psychiatric disorder, despite high prevalence, morbidity and mortality. Comorbid substance use and psychiatric disorders cause moderate to severe illness and disability, yet only half of…