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…

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…

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…