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OBJECTIVE To describe and characterise treated psychotic disorders in the Indigenous populations of Cape York and the Torres Strait. DESIGN Cross-sectional analysis of patients with a psychotic disorder identified by treating psychiatrists. SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS Indigenous patients aged≥15 years in Cape York and Torres Strait communities receiving(More)
OBJECTIVES To describe some of the policy implications of the Australian National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing. METHODS A review of the initial findings from the Survey published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the five papers in this issue of the Journal, was done. RESULTS Mental disorders are highly prevalent with the prevalence(More)
Transactional sex has been associated with risk of HIV infection in a number of studies throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Urban young women are economically vulnerable and at heightened risk of HIV infection in Tanzania; yet there are few studies that have explored relationship dynamics, including transactional sex, in this setting. This paper sheds light on(More)
OBJECTIVE This paper describes the development of a collaborative group of mental health clinicians who have come together to improve practice in adult acute mental health settings for the inpatient management of schizophrenia. METHOD Sixteen acute adult mental health inpatient services across Queensland worked together to develop clinical indicators(More)
Individuals with schizophrenia have higher mortality rates compared to the general community. Apart from an increased risk of suicide, people with schizophrenia have an increased risk of death related to a wide range of comorbid physical conditions. There is evidence to suggest that much of this mortality is avoidable. The provision of assertive management(More)
OBJECTIVE This study aims to explore the internal and external boundaries of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). METHOD Selected literature is reviewed. RESULTS Prevalence and incidence estimates for OCD vary markedly according to diagnostic criteria applied. External boundaries of the disorder are permeable, with a large degree of overlap with other(More)
OBJECTIVE Access to adequate housing consistent with personal preferences and needs is a human right and supports recovery from psychosis. This study aimed to: (1) describe people with psychosis living in different housing types, and their preferences and needs; (2) explore selected demographic and social inclusion correlates in relation to housing; and (3)(More)
OBJECTIVE We consider insights from the second Australian National Survey of High Impact Psychosis (2010) in order to identify the key policy and service development implications. METHOD The Survey of High Impact Psychosis (SHIP) provides an updated description of the experiences of people living with psychosis in Australia. We discuss the SHIP survey(More)
OBJECTIVE To derive planning estimates for the provision of public mental health services in Queensland 2007-2017. METHOD We used a five-step approach that involved: (i) estimating the prevalence and severity of mental disorders in Queensland, and the number of people at each level of severity treated by health services; (ii) benchmarking the level and(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to describe prevalence and characteristics of psychotic disorders in a remote Indigenous population. METHOD Clinical review of all patients with an active diagnosis of a psychotic disorder in remote communities of Cape York and the Torres Strait. RESULTS 170 patients were identified and demographic, social and(More)