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Collated Resources for 2012
Collated Resources posted in 2012

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Sustained home visiting for vulnerable families and children: A literature review of effective programs
This literature overview was undertaken to specifically review the Australian and international research evidence from rigorously evaluated key home visiting programs, in order to determine 'what works' in home visiting programs for vulnerable families and their children. Evidence of other kinds (i.e. apart from randomised controlled trials) may also need to be considered in the development of a home visiting program. The aim of this review is to utilise information from rigorously evaluated key home visiting programs to assist decision-making regarding the potential components of an Australia-wide home visiting program for vulnerable families and their children. The report concludes that home visiting programs appear to have great potential, especially in reaching families who are not in contact with mainstream services. They are currently 'in favour' with many governments in Western, developed nations. However, the interest in home visiting programs appears to have overtaken a careful analysis of the evidence. Certainly, there is some evidence to suggest that home visiting programs can make a difference in the lives of children and families, however further research is needed to determine what makes some home visiting programs more effective than others. To view the report, go to

Posted:Dec 13, 2012

Apps to Help Young People Improve Mental Health
In this interview, renowned psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg explores apps and websites that can complement treatment. Why use technology with young people? Young people love technology. I can?t be there when they are having an episode, but technology can. It's low cost, which is important as young people tend to be price sensitive. Technologies enable me to communicate with young people and for them to communicate with me. Plus, technology is a part of their world and what they are doing day to day. It's the way it is and it's how they communicate, and anyone working in adolescent health really needs to be thinking about working this way. Dr Carr-Gregg talks about apps and online programs such as the Mood Assessment Program, MoodGYM'; MoodKit, iCope, Smiling Mind and Talking Anxiety. To view these and other apps or programs that Dr Carr-Gregg discusses, go to

Posted:Dec 13, 2012

Mental Health Services in Brief 2012
Published by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, this report provides an overview of the national response to the mental health needs of Australians. It includes information on mental health service provision, available mental health resources and the changes that have occurred in these over time. To order a hard copy or to download this report, go to

Posted:Dec 7, 2012

The beyondblue guide for carers
The beyondblue guide for carers - "Supporting and caring for a person with depression, anxiety and/or a related disorder - Caring for others, caring for yourself" is based on the personal stories of carers of people with depression, anxiety or an anxiety disorder. This guide offers helpful advice and tips about caring for others and caring for yourself. To download the guide, go to

Posted:Nov 29, 2012

Tips for family-sensitive practice from the Australian Drug Foundation
Based on a recent Prevention Research Quarterly by Dr Stefan Gruenert focusing on these issues, this resource looks at the harms experienced by children when a parent is affected by alcohol or other drug dependence. It also provides useful tips for Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) workers and agencies to make their practice more family sensitive. To view this resource, go to

Posted:Nov 16, 2012

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