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…

Bridging the rural-urban divide for improved mental health

The devaluing of rural Australia as an important contributor to Australia’s social and economic fabric, and the declining profitability of core industries in rural Australia, including an absence of understanding and support for these industries by metropolitan communities and governments,…

Supporting mental health post-disaster: Disseminating a ‘Skills for Psychological Recovery’ training program to practitioners across Queensland

Following the 2011 natural disasters in Queensland, the Queensland Government funded delivery of the SPR training and support program to hundreds of health, mental health and welfare providers across the state. This paper reports on the delivery and evaluation of…

The prevalence of cognitive impairment in rural substance treatment participants: The implications for treatment approaches

Cognitive impairment (CI) includes acquired or traumatic brain injury, intellectual disability or Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Cognitive impairment is a hidden disability which, for example, affects encounters with people in their surroundings, and can lead to difficulties in relations…

Help seeking for Suicide in an Aboriginal Community: The Njernda CRUNCH study

Youth suicide among Aboriginal communities Youth suicide among Aboriginal communities is much higher than in the mainstream population. Both federal and state governments have highlighted the need to address this public health problem. Njernda Aboriginal Corporation in Echuca is in…