Sensory Modulation: The impact and outcomes in an adult acute inpatient mental health unit

Sensory modulation therapy has been vastly researched and acknowledged as being effective in reducing the need for seclusion in an inpatient psychiatric service setting. However, there are has been little research on how else sensory modulation therapy may be used…

Depression Symptoms May Manifest Differently in Men

Psych Central By Traci Pedersen Associate News Editor August 31, 2013 Men may suffer from depression about as often as women, according to a new study from the University of Michigan. Traditionally, women have been diagnosed with depression about double the…

The assessment and management of patients presenting with a mental health crisis in the emergency setting

A review of the literature. As part of psychiatric health care reforms, there was an integration of mental health services and general health services nationally. This resulted in an increase in the number of patients presenting to emergency services for…

Victorian farmers get a ‘night off’ after a spike in suicides

ABC By Kirsten Veness 15 Aug 2013 A recent spike in farmer suicides in south-western Victoria has prompted hundreds of farmers to gather in Warrnambool to tackle the issue of depression. About 600 people gathered for the “Farmer’s Night Off”…

Use of Medicare-subsidised mental health services rising

Canberra, 2 August 2013 More people are using mental health-related services, with rises in Medicare-subsidised services, services provided by general practitioners (GPs) and in hospitals, according to information released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). The…

Greens launch plan for better rural mental health

ABC Rural By Anna Vidot 21 August 2013 The Greens have launched their policy for rural mental health, calling for an additional $550 million for the sector over four years. The policy includes funding for more flexible and community-based care…

Continuing professional development in mental health professions

CPD – does it really make a difference? Continuing professional development (CPD) is a common aspect of many mental health professions. Participation in CPD is intended to assist mental health professionals in maintaining, enhancing, and further developing their knowledge, skills,…

Secure your Earlybird Registration – 5th Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium

Early Bird Registration closes on Friday 30th August for the 5th Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium so be sure to register and make payment prior to this date to secure the discounted registration rates. You can register via…

The Future of Psychiatry and Mental Health Services – Prof Philip Morris

Professor Philip Morris addressed the delegates of the 14th International Mental Health Conference earlier this week.  Here is his presentation My talk can only be a series of remarks about the current state of some aspects of mental health services…