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…

Expanding help-seeking options for young people by delivering mental health services online – the eheadspace experience

Young people have the highest need for mental health care across the lifespan, yet the lowest level of service use. Improving access to appropriate mental health care and increasing engagement with services is a priority for mental health reform in…

Help at the End of the Line? What does analysis of rural and remote calls to SANE Helpline tell us about mental health needs in the country?

The SANE Helpline is a national 1800 and online service providing information, advice, and referral to people concerned about mental illness. Every year, the Helpline takes thousands of calls from people in rural and remote Australia who are worried about…

The complex phenomenon of disordered gambling: emerging approaches to diagnosis and treatment in rural communities

Associate Professor Peter Harvey provides an overview of the phenomenological and methodological aspects of a treatment programme available for people who have serious gambling problems. A CBT based graded exposure therapy treatment programme is currently being provided for people with…

The effects of natural disasters on rural communities: strategies for survival

The 2009 Victorian bushfires are arguably the greatest natural disaster Australia has faced. In early 2009, even while the emergency relief effort in response to the Victorian bushfires was in full-swing, the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) championed…