Experiences of families who help young rural men with emergent mental health problems in a rural community in New South Wales, Australia.

writing course – structuring the Results/Discussion Section

If your trying to write… there are soem great tips on this blog link below… writing at an academic level – and especially for publication doesn’t come easy. It is a craft that needs to be carefully honed and fine tuned…. Reading others tips about ‘how to’ is always a useful part of the learning and fine tuning process…

Nurses (traditionally) have not been keen academic writers – but that is slowly changing. We need to publish (at a high level) what it is we do, how we do it, and our evidence to support the way we do things… I challenge nurses everywhere to give it a go… write when you can. Share your knowledge… please!


writing course – structuring the Results/Discussion Section.

Visiting mental health professional in rural communities: What happens when they go back home?

A poster presentation:

Wilson, R. L., & Usher, K. (2014). Mental health professional visitors in rural communities: What happens when they go back home? Paper presented at the ACMHN 40th International Mental Health Nurses Conference, Soffitel Melbourne.

ACMHN Rural MH visitors poster 2014 Wilson & Usher (1)

Less use of ambos in the bush… why?

A colleague paramedic ( Buck Reed ) has just published a paper about rural people and use of the ambulance…. his research showed that rural people are less likely than urban people to call the ambulance… there is a disparity between urban and rural… why might that be? stoic? cost? rural people help other rural people in need more readily? rural people don’t know when it is appropriate to use the ambulance? stigma?…. I am wondering why there is a gap!!!! Thanks Buck for the heads up on the gap…. and for helping us understand rural health needs better!

Here’s his paper: http://ajp.paramedics.org/index.php/ajp/article/view/142/241

A must read about mental health laws and policies in Croakey

I have blogged about this issue before… Mental health laws and policies inadvertently (at best) or purposefully (at worse) promoting the denial of human right freedoms. I continue to be very concerned for the freedom of people with mental health problems who have mustered up sufficient strength to seek some professional help to address their mental health, and who then find themselves in a voluntary mental health unit only to discover that their freedoms are curtailed because the doors are locked behind them. The very idea that people with mental health problems are a safety risk is a travesty and perpetuates unhelpful sense of stigma and fear in the wider community. People should feel welcomed and encouraged to access mental health help when it is needed… the environment in which help occurs is very important. And, to not have the freedom to come and go at will to places where mental health care is provided is not sufficiently appropriate or evidenced based care. The political and policy debate should be an important focus in all stated and federal elections… the freedoms of people with mental health problems should be  considered carefully. And… human rights and dignity should be the hallmark for policy and governance changes on this matter. The evidence does not adequately support the current practice which allows for the mass detention of voluntary mental health clients in mental health care. See this croakey blog for more good quality discussion on this topic: http://blogs.crikey.com.au/croakey/2015/01/27/queensland-policies-on-mental-health-doing-harm-breaching-the-law/

Do you have a toxic collaborator?

Rhonda Wilson MHN:

Some excellent tips about working in research and writing teams… but the general principles can be applied more broadly in nursing and health care practice and beyond I suspect… toxic team members sap the strength out of any teams… good productive and successful teams share the love…. and the hard yards!

Originally posted on The Research Whisperer:

What's yours? (Photo by Tseen Khoo) What’s yours? (Photo by Tseen Khoo)

At some time in everyone’s academic lives, there will be cause for collaboration angst.

It may all start golden: big ideas, excitement about working with new colleagues, the potential for fancy-pants funding and intellectual glory.

And if you were invited onto a prestigious team by a favoured prof…well, you’d almost fall over signing up, right?

Then, down the track, you’re looking at the fifth ‘I still haven’t done it’ email from Collaborator 2, or – worse still – finding no email from Collaborator 3…ever.

How many times is it physiologically safe to roll one’s eyes at Collaborator 4 for declaring yet again that they should be first author?

I’ve written before about how to find research friends and make co-writing work, which have focused for the most part on the positive habits and traits that lead to successful, satisfying collaborations.

This post focuses on the flipside.

Finding out that your co-writer…

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