Mental Health

Occupational therapists working in mental health help others to achieve the everyday meaningful activities that people engage in or occupy themselves in. They draw on a range of psychological and occupational therapy strategies to help people understand and cope with their daily function, productivity and capacity through the prescription of graded tasks and activities.

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Thinking Ahead: Mental Health project update
The Thinking Ahead: Mental Health project continues to be a major area of focus. OTA is incredibly grateful to the mental health occupational therapy community who have given generously of their time and knowledge throughout the project. If you’re interested in reviewing the consultation summaries, please visit the project page.

Better Access to Mental Health (BAMH)
The Better Access to Mental Health (BAMH) government initiative was introduced to provide better access to mental health services in the community through Medicare. To become a BAMH endorsed Occupational Therapist, eligible ots must be an OTA member.

Mental Health Professionals Network (MHPN)
The Mental Health Professionals Network (MHPN) aims to foster local interdisciplinary networks of mental health professionals. This website provides several resources such as webinars, forums and information sheets.

Designed for nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, psychiatrists and psychologists working in mental health throughout Australia, MHPOD is an evidence-based online learning resource based on the national practice standards for mental health.

Mental Health Foundation of Australia
Founded in 1930, the Mental Health Foundation Australia has grown to support those in the community living with mental illness and their families and careers throughout Australia. This website contains event information, such as mental health week, and program information, such as support groups.

Head to Health
Supported by the Department of Health, Head to Health is an online resource hub for consumers to identify the most appropriate digital mental health and wellbeing resource for their situation.

Department of Health: Mental Health information for Consumers
The Department of Health has published several links to websites and Information to support those living with mental health and their carers.

The Mental Health Legal Centre (Victoria)
The Mental Health Legal Centre is a non-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting anyone who has experienced mental illness in Victoria with free and confidential legal services where their legal problem relates to their mental illness.

Previously known as the Mental Illness Fellowship, Wellways is a membership based not-for-profit organisation working with people with mental illness, their families and friends to improve their well-being. The organisation works with allied health practitioners and the community throughout Queensland, New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, Victoria and Tasmania providing evidence-based services and detailed information on their website.

Victorian State Government: Mental Health Services
Published by the Victorian State Government, the Mental Health Hub provides mental health information and resources for consumers and allied health professionals including an A to Z Index of Mental Health Information, advocacy information and clinical support services in the community.

Wiley Mental Health Resources
Wiley Publications published a series of journal articles, e-book, handouts and videos in recognition and support of World Mental Health Day, 10 Oct 2011.

Children of Parents with a Mental Illness (COPMI)
Funded by the Australian Government, COPMI provides support for children and families where a parent experiences mental illness. The website provides several resources for mental health workers and other allied workers who support parents who experience mental illness and their families including DVDs, worksheets, brochures and checklists.

The Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council (VMIAC)
This Victorian non-government organisation is for people who have experience with a mental illness or emotional distress. It engages in a number of activities including information provision, advice, mutual support and self- help, individual, group and systemic advocacy, research and evaluation, and education and training.

Mind Australia
For 40 years, Mind has been supporting people with mental illness, who often have a range of complex issues, to help them live well in the community. Mind also work with families and carers to provide more than 19,000 service engagements each year across Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, and Western Australia.

beyondblue is a national, independent, not-for-profit organisation working to raise awareness and address issues associated with depression, anxiety and suicide risk throughout Australia.

SANE Australia
SANE Australia is a national charity working for a better life for people affected by mental illness – through campaigning, education and research. It aims to raise mental health awareness, online peer support and information, stigma reduction, specialist helpline support, research and advocacy.

At Ease (Department of Veterans Affairs)
Published by the Department of Veterans Affairs, the new At Ease website for Professionals provides resources for mental health providers to assist mental health practitioners to respond to the needs of contemporary veterans including access to the latest veteran mental health research, assessment tools, evidence-based treatment, outcome tools and patient resources.

Competency Standards for Occupational Therapists in Mental Health (2018)
The Australian Competency Standards for Occupational Therapists in Mental Health (2018), provide ots with a framework for the development and assessment of their professional competence.

Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Borderline Personality Disorder (2012)
Commissioned by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, the NHRMC developed an evidence-based clinical practice guideline to support health professionals to treat and manage Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).

Dementia Australia
Dementia Australia is a peak national body and registered charity representing over 436,000 Australians living with Dementia and over 1.5million of their carers. The website provides several resources, news updates and learning opportunities.

Asylum Levels and Trends in Industrialized Countries 2011
Published in 2012 by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), this report highlights the increase in asylum claims across 44 industrialised countries.  The related article discussing this report is also available on the UNHCR website.

Joint Select Committee on Australia's Immigration Detention Network
Available on the Parliament of Australia website, this dedicated resource section provides information regarding the inquiry into Australia's Immigration Detention Network including the Terms of Reference, submissions, transcripts and reports. The Final Report on Australia's Immigration Detention Network can also be found on the website.

On Her Way: Primary Prevention of Violence Against Immigrant & Refugee Women in Australia
Published with the support of the Victorian Government, this study aims to highlight the necessity for greater efforts in the primary prevention of violence against women who are immigrants or refugees.

Multicultural Centre For Women’s Health (MCWH)
Supported by the Victorian Government, the Multicultural Centre For Women’s Health (MCWH) is a national organisation supporting and working to improve the health and wellbeing of immigrant and refugee women throughout the community.

Community Action for a Multicultural Society Toowoomba
Focussing on access to services in the Darling Downs South West Region, the Community Action for a Multicultural Society (CAMS) Program at our Cultural Diversity Hub in Toowoomba works to improve services offered to refugee and migrant settlers throughout the community. The downloadable resource Strengthening Communities is also available on the website.

The Ultimate Betrayal: An Examination of the Experience of Domestic and Family Violence in Refugee Communities
Authored by Eileen Pittaway, this resource paper focuses on family violence as a global problem affecting all people groups. It discusses how refugee women are more vulnerable and least likely to have the resources to enlist justice and service responses to the violence.

Settlement Council of Australia (SCOA)
Operating as a network for settlement provides, the Settlement Council of Australia works to provide direct services to people of refugee and migrant background. This website offers information and resources for those working in the settlement sector as well as service directories by Australian state and territory.

Refugee Council of Australia
The Refugee Council of Australia is a non-for-profit organisation, independent of the government, working to affect policy and services provided to refugees and people seeking asylum and those who support them.

Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania
Established in 1979, the Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania (MRC Tas) is a non-for-profit supporting migrant communities by working with older people and providing specialised settlement services.

Rural Australians for Refugees
Since 2001, Rural Australians for Refugees have worked to enforce the compassionate and humane treatment of asylum seekers throughout rural and regional Australia while providing orientation, training and support to urban and rural communities willing to assist refugees with accommodation and employment.

Occupational Opportunities for Refugees & Asylum Seekers (OOFRAS)
This non-for-profit organisation works with those with refugee experiences to ensure they can participate in daily occupations, life roles, and community. The purpose of OOFRAS is to stimulate & support research, education, practice and advocacy for the refugee community while increasing awareness of the occupational therapy profession.

STARTTS: The NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors
Established more than 25 years ago, this non-for-profit organisation provides culturally appropriate and cutting edge psychological treatment and support to help people heal the scars of torture and refugee trauma.


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