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Collated Mental Health News Items for 2011
Collated Mental Health News Items for 2011

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Young Carers Project Survey launched on Facebook
The Mental Health Council of Australia (MHCA) has recently launched a survey targeting young mental health carers on Facebook. The Young Carers Project (YCP) survey app aims to collect information from young mental health carers about their caring role; what sort of caring activities they undertake; how caring impacts on their day-to-day lives;;what supports are available to young mental health carers in their area; and the appropriateness of these supports. All young mental health carers aged 13 to 18 in Australia are eligible to participate in the YCP survey app and the app will remain live on Facebook until the start of February 2012, or until 1,000 responses are collected. For further information, please contact Kate Judd at kate.judd@mhca.org.au

Link related to this news item: www.facebook.com/youngcarersproject
Posted:Dec 22, 2011

Infants and overnight care- post separation and divorce
The Australian Association for Infant Mental Health Inc. (AIMHI) has released its guidelines for protecting the very young child's sense of comfort and security post separation and divorce. The document is intended as a guide for those families caring for infants and very young children where parents have separated or divorced. It is acknowledged that conflict associated with a parental relationship breakup may be very stressful for all concerned and impact the emotional and development needs of the child. The guidelines highlight that access to an available, responsive, continuous primary attachment relationship is central to infant mental health and that the healthy development of second and subsequent attachment relationships is optimal.

Link related to this news item: www.aaimhi.org/inewsfiles/AAIMHI_Guideline_1_-_Infants_and_overnight_care_post_separation_and_divorce.pdf
Posted:Dec 16, 2011

2012 Donald J. Cohen Fellowship Award
Members of the international child psychiatric community are invited to apply for the 2012 Donald J. Cohen Fellowship Award. This Fellowship Program for International Scholars in Child and Adolescent Mental Health is a training program for young professionals and the program includes daily small group meetings with leading experts serving as mentors, special seminars, free registration fee and other funding opportunities. All interested and eligible candidates are encouraged to apply. Applications are especially welcomed from colleagues under 35 years of age and from countries where child and adolescent psychiatric needs are under-served and under-represented. There is no limit to the number of applications that any given country can submit, and applications from child and adolescent psychiatrists from developing nations are especially encouraged. Interested candidates should submit their applications no later than February 1st 2012 in order to be considered by the Selection Committee.

Link related to this news item: www.resotel.eu/site/-Donald-J-Cohen-Fellowship-
Posted:Dec 16, 2011

The effects of early paternal depression on children's development
A recently published study conducted by Fletcher, Feeman,Garfield and Vimpani examined the effects of paternal depression during children's first year on their wellbeing at 4-5 years of age using a large, representative sample of Australian families. The authors suggest that depression in fathers during the first year of a child's life can have a detrimental impact on their child's behaviour, and social and emotional development at the point of school entry. Furthermore, these effects are independent from mothers' symptomatology, supporting the notion that fathers play an important role in a child's development that is independent of the mother's role. Although the causal pathways leading from early paternal depression to poor child outcomes have yet to be explained, the study adds to the literature identifying this as a discrete and important issue for families and children. Early intervention to identify and address the mental health needs of fathers may be required for the benefit of fathers, children and families.

Link related to this news item: www.mja.com.au/public/issues/195_11_121211/fle10192_fm.html
Posted:Dec 16, 2011

Postnatal depression guidelines questioned: Dr Hannah Woolhouse
The World Today (ABC) ELEANOR HALL: Australian research suggests that many cases of postnatal depression may be going unrecognised. A study of first time mothers found that 16 per cent of them reported depressive symptoms in the first year after childbirth but most of these came after the first six months. The researchers are now calling for a review of the health guidelines which put the emphasis on the health of the mother in the first three months. Simon Lauder has our report.
SIMON LAUDER: Dr Hannah Woolhouse from the Murdoch Children's Research Institute studied more than 1,300 Melbourne women in their first year of being a mother. Sixteen per cent of them reported some form of depression in the first year. Dr Woolhouse says in most cases it was after six months. She says the current guidelines around postnatal depression in Australia and the UK put an emphasis on the mother's health for the first few months only and her findings suggest that needs to change.
HANNAH WOOLHOUSE: Screening programs currently tend to operate in the first few months after birth. And those screening programs will potentially miss over half the cases of depression in the first 12 months after birth.

Link related to this news item: www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2011/s3385418.htm
Posted:Dec 16, 2011


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