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BACKGROUND The authors of a recent systematic review concluded that the use of non-pharmacological containment methods, excluding restraint and seclusion, was not supported by evidence. Their focus on randomised, controlled trials, however, does not reflect the research that has been, or could be, conducted. AIMS To find empirically supported(More)
Recent Australian Government policy reflects the integral nature of active consumer participation to the planning and delivery of mental health services. The effectiveness of consumer participation in improving mental health services has received some attention in the literature. Commonwealth Government funding enabled the development of a partnership(More)
  • B Happell
  • 2000
A review of the literature clearly indicates that psychiatric nursing is not a popular career choice for undergraduate nursing students. While it appears from the literature that exposure to the theory and practice of psychiatric nursing can influence the attitudes of student nurses towards the mentally ill, no clear picture emerges from the research.(More)
  • B Happell
  • 2001
Significant and widespread changes to the education of the psychiatric nursing workforce in Victoria, Australia are resulting in serious problems in the recruitment of new nursing staff. In reviewing the available literature, it is evident that undergraduate nursing students do not commence their educational program with a strong interest in pursuing a(More)
ACCESSIBLE SUMMARY Exercise is valuable in the treatment of mental illness, yet personal and organizational barriers limit widespread implementation by nurses in mental health settings. Using a self-report questionnaire, we sought to identify how often nurses prescribe exercise and their level of agreement with previously identified barriers to exercise(More)
While the benefits of physical fitness have been extensively documented, there is a paucity of literature examining the impact of an exercise program on people experiencing a mental illness. An exploratory study was conducted with six patients diagnosed with schizophrenia who participated in a 3-month physical conditioning program. The findings suggest that(More)
BACKGROUND A better understanding of how occupational indicators (e.g. job type, doing shift-work, hours worked, physical demand) influence sitting time will aid in the design of more effective health behaviour interventions. The aim of the study was to examine the associations between several occupational indicators and total, occupational and leisure-time(More)
Widespread changes to the structure and delivery of mental health services have effected considerable change in the role of the service user or consumer. The view of consumers of mental health services as passive recipients of care and treatment is gradually undergoing a significant shift, in light of an increasing expectation that consumers be provided(More)
The mainstreaming of psychiatric services within the general healthcare system has created fundamental changes to the manner in which patients access acute psychiatric services. This change was intended to reduce the stigma associated with psychiatric diagnosis and therefore contribute to improved treatment outcomes for patients. The aim of this paper is to(More)
OBJECTIVE Consumer involvement in mental health research is considered both a right and a benefit, despite the identified barriers to forming effective collaborative relationships. The purpose of this paper is to examine the literature relating to consumer involvement in mental health research with a view to articulating a model to guide this process. (More)