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Angela Piscitelli is the Senior Planning Project Officer at the Mental Health Strategy and Leadership Unit. She briefly presented about the Personality Disorder Interest Group (PDIG) based in Western Australia.
Angela announced that the aim of the PDIG is to provide support and promote effective and timely management of personality disorders (PD) through support and advocacy. [...]

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Communities of Practice – Working together for strong teams, competent leaders and skilled clinicians.
Nichole Sullivan is the Clinical Practice Leader at Mission Australia. She presented on the Community of Practice Initiative (derived from the Mission Australia Community Services NSW Mental Health Strategy 2012). This initiative aims to address the needs of young people who are experiencing mental distress to support [...]

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Presentation by Michelle Harper, Leeanne Thomson, Katrina Hishon, Leigh Cooksley on innovative, regional and systemic change across a range of sectors including mental health, primary care, education, family and welfare services, alcohol and drug services, and early childhood services.
The project was conducted in an early intervention service in Grampians region – ‘early in life early in illness and early [...]

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Corinne Henderson is from the Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC), the peak body representing community-managed mental health organisations in NSW. Corinne’s presentation focused on the importance of a Trauma-Informed Care and Practice (TICP) approach to policy reform.
In 2011, the MHCC and their partners ASCA (Adults Surviving Child Abuse), ECAV (Education Centre Against Violence), and the [...]

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This session included four brief paper snapshots around Outcomes for Wellbeing.
Stephanie Brown from Mind Australia discussed a professional online development pilot project referred to as the Mental Health Professional Online Development (MHPOD) education resource:

MHPOD is a set of ten self-paced education modules which staff used to update their mental health knowledge. Promotion of the program was through [...]

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TheMHS 2013 Session 3: Steve Harrington
The Promise of Peer Services : Challenges and Opportunities
Steve Harrington was unable to join the conference this year. His friend and colleague Anthony Stratford stepped in and presented Steve’s paper and the work of The International Association of Peer Supporters. Steve’s visa was cancelled upon arrival in Melbourne last week [...]

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Teddy bears, tigers, goats, giraffes and jackals feature in an uplifting and challenging keynote address from Rufus May. His central messages, about supporting freedom through seeking meaning and non-violent communication, were deftly delivered through a mixture of story, puppetry, humour and honest reflection.   Rufus sees psychosis as understandable responses to life stressors and events, and [...]

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http://www.amhocn.org
States and territories committed to the introduction of routine outcome and Casemix measures in 1999, with gradual introduction from 2002. Commonwealth and jurisdictional funders of mental health services have decided that it is now appropriate to review the suite of measures and determine strategic directions to 2024. The NOCC review and recommendations will be completed [...]

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A multidisciplinary model for physical health care in an in-patient unit
Kristine Grainger, an exercise physiologist with a cardiac rehabilitation background recently employed with the Well Being Unit at Macquarie Hospital, Sydney, a 200 bed in-patient psychiatric hospital providing chronic and acute care, AOD care and day programs.  Other staff of The Well Being Unit include [...]

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Craze Lateral Solutions has been engaged to conduct this project, which aims “to develop a national framework for recovery oriented mental health service provision that spans all levels of service delivery to meet the needs of consumers, carers and the community.”

From their website:

The promotion and adoption of a recovery oriented culture within Australian mental [...]

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As an education provider we are always keen to report on other conferences of note.
I noted 3rd Aust Postvention Conference entitled ” Hope, Meaning and Direction – Aust Postvention Perspectives”
This is a conference that brings together those bereaved by suicide and individuals and organisations working in the field of suicide postvention.
To find out more view [...]

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Dr Michael Dudley gave a comprehensive account of the the current immigration policy environment, the impacts of current immigration detention policies on refugees and asylum seekers, and the role of clinicians and advocates in promoting change.  
His powerpoint presentation is available on TheMHS website or you can download it here.
 
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Chair: Maree Teesson
Speaker: Merinda Epstein
Please see below for link to powerpoint presentation download.
Merinda is a mental health consumer 
She will give a presentation from the consumer and expert/professional position
Works for Our Consumer Place – in Melbourne  - interested in BPD and self-harm
Has been lobbying around BPD for 24 years for most of the time have been [...]

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Nick Allen talked about clinical experience and psychological research which suggests that self-injury is often about managing emotions, either to reduce or elicit emotions. Self-harm and the use of pain may be more normal or normative that we are prepared to admit and we need to stop labelling self-injury as “attention-seeking” behaviour. For example, experiments [...]

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In this first session Graham Martin spoke about the current evidence base for therapies which address self-injury, and some of the complications and limitations in this kind of research.
Next, Nellie Worringham gave a moving account of her own experience of self-injury and some of her experiences of therapy, as well as appealing to clinicians to [...]

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With about 45 per cent of Australians experiencing a mental illness in their lifetime, there is little doubt that we all will be affected – directly or indirectly – by a mental health problem, while at work.  
SANE Australia, the national mental health charity, wants to hear about the experiences of people with mental illness, [...]

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Following on from our previous post about our keynotes for our upcoming mental health conference in September.
We introduce Peppe Dell’Acqua
Peppe Dell’Acqua is the Director of the Department of Mental Health, Trieste, Italy. He is the author of several books: on families and people with schizophrenia; on the psychiatric reforms in Italy beginning with the influence [...]

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As you may be aware TheMHS is holding the inaugural E-Cafe at the annual conference in September.
The E-Cafe will showcase the best e- mental health services in the country and is an exciting addition to our programme.
Today I was interested to read an article in The Brisbane Times entitled Calls to expand e-mental health with Professors Helen [...]

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A new paper of note has recently been released by Jennifer Welsh and Helen Berry entitled Social Capital and Mental Health and Wellbeing
Abstract: Social capital has been linked to a number of positive outcomes, including for mental health. However, few studies have examined the role of social capital and mental health and wellbeing concurrently.
The aim [...]

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