Alex Holmes

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OBJECTIVE The purpose of the present study was to determine if interpersonal counselling (IPC) was effective in reducing psychological morbidity after major physical trauma. METHODS One hundred and seventeen subjects were recruited from two major trauma centres and randomized to treatment as usual or IPC in the first 3 months following trauma. Measures of(More)
This study aimed to provide a comparative index of the performance impairment associated with the fatigue levels frequently experienced in workplaces that require night work. To do this, we equated fatigue-related impairment with the impairment resulting from varying levels of alcohol intoxication. Fifteen young individuals participated in two(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of this study was to determine if homeless men with psychosis using emergency accommodation services are spending more time homeless. METHOD A 12-month accommodation history was collected from all men with psychosis referred to mental health services using two emergency accommodation services in inner Melbourne over a 5-year(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim is to describe the development, principles and practices of the Waratah Area Homeless Outreach Psychiatric Service (WAHOPS) and place these in the context of international developments in homeless psychiatric services. METHODS Information on the development of the service was collected from current and past staff. Reference is made to(More)
BACKGROUND To examine the effectiveness and acceptability of an 8-week individual tailored cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) intervention for the treatment of depressive symptoms in those newly diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. METHODS The current study presents a pilot, parallel group randomized controlled trial (RCT) with an allocation ratio of 1:1(More)
OBJECTIVES The objective of this study was to determine whether a 'housing first' permanent supported accommodation was effective in improving housing stability, continuity of care and reducing mental health admissions for persons experiencing chronic homelessness with psychosis. METHODS A quasi prospective cohort study of 42 chronic homeless persons with(More)
OBJECTIVE Australian public mental health services have seen a rapid adoption of risk assessment into clinical practice over the past decade. It is timely to review the role of risk assessment in clinical practice, evidence for its validity and to explore its role in clinical decision-making. CONCLUSION There is little evidence to support the current form(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to determine how referrals and clinical activity in consultation-liaison psychiatry (C-L) vary according to unit type and size, length of stay and psychiatric diagnosis, and to use these data to inform recommendations for the minimum levels of staffing required to conduct consultations in a general hospital. METHOD Data(More)
OBJECTIVE The "hypothesis-driven interview" was articulated by George Engel as a method of raising and testing hypotheses in the process of building a biopsychosocial formulation and determining the most likely diagnosis. This interview was a forerunner of the modern medical interview as well as the contemporary psychiatric assessment. The objective of this(More)
OBJECTIVES The movement from institutional to community care has been a key component of national mental health reform in Australia. In Victoria, where a model of community care has been fully implemented, a specialized forensic hospital is the sole remaining stand-alone psychiatric inpatient facility and access to long-term inpatient beds is severely(More)
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