Premiers push mental illness to centre stage

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State and Territory Government Premiers are to push for improved mental health services when they gather later this week at the annual meeting of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG). The New South Wales Government will present a far-reaching plan to improve mental health delivery by investing in more community-based care and recruiting and training more clinicians. The plan also includes incentives to increase numbers of mental health care professionals including the recruitment of doctors and nurses from Britain to increase its mental health workforce.

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Managing the relatives when they come to visit

Life MattersAt the best of times, caring can bring an intensity of stress quite unlike most other undertakings. Consequently, your hopes of having a fabulous, joyous time at Christmas surrounded by your family members may be dashed if you haven’t made careful plans to ensure a less demanding and easier time of it. If you keep your level of expectations realistic, this period will go more smoothly for you, the person you care for and your family. So, how can carers cope with all this added stress?

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Sleep Hygiene

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As working carers we sometimes find ourselves operating on autopilot especially when lack of sleep is an issue. We’ve gone straight to the source on flying “blind” when overtired, Flight Safety Australia, the newsletter of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) that recently published an article, Sleep Hygiene containing tips on staying refreshed and alert.

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Family Relationship Centres announced

life_icon.jpgMaintaining a healthy relationship and being a good working parent can be a real challenge.  These difficulties often increase when parents separate.  Everyone needs help and advice on relationships from time to time. With this in mind, the Federal Government will open 65 Family Relationship Centres across Australia over the next three years.  The first Centres in New South Wales will be located in Lismore, Sutherland, Wollongong and Penrith and will be open by the middle of 2006.

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Gut healthy recipe

life_icon.jpgWhat could be better than a tasty, easy to prepare recipe that’s also good for you? The Gut Foundation established at the University of NSW publishes healthy recipes on its website and we’ve included one at the end of this article. The Foundation aims to improve gastrointestinal health as part of its policy to provide professional and public education and to promote research into digestive disorders.

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