Antipsychotic prescribing and its correlates in New Zealand.
CONCLUSIONS: Observed prescribing practice aligned with existing guidelines except for antipsychotic polypharmacy and clozapine under-utilisation. PMID: 26819405 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Australasian Psychiatry)
Source: Australasian Psychiatry - January 27, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Dey S, Menkes DB, Obertova Z, Chaudhuri S, Mellsop G Tags: Australas Psychiatry Source Type: research

The mental health benefits of employment: Results of a systematic meta-review.
CONCLUSIONS: The potential positive effects of good work and the role work can play in facilitating recovery from an illness and enhancing mental well-being need to be highlighted and promoted more widely. Future research should aim to further investigate what constitutes a 'good' workplace or a 'good' job in terms of mental health outcomes. PMID: 26773063 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Australasian Psychiatry)
Source: Australasian Psychiatry - January 15, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Modini M, Joyce S, Mykletun A, Christensen H, Bryant RA, Mitchell PB, Harvey SB Tags: Australas Psychiatry Source Type: research

Mental health screening in immigration detention: A fresh look at Australian government data.
CONCLUSIONS: This paper consolidates the findings of the 2014 Australian Human Rights Commission report and it provides an argument for public reporting of refugee data. PMID: 26755798 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Australasian Psychiatry)
Source: Australasian Psychiatry - January 11, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Young P, Gordon MS Tags: Australas Psychiatry Source Type: research

Closing up and moving on: a personal perspective of psychiatric practice closure.
CONCLUSIONS: The closure of a clinical practice is a major stage in professional life and merits preparation, support and accessible resources. PMID: 26755799 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Australasian Psychiatry)
Source: Australasian Psychiatry - January 11, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Neill D Tags: Australas Psychiatry Source Type: research

Ethical use of the media by psychiatrists: towards an antipodean formulation of the "Goldwater Rule".
CONCLUSIONS: We review the potential ethical problems that arise when psychiatrists make contributions to the lay media, particularly when commentary and opinion reflects the views of the individual rather than the profession. The issues raised by the North American injunction known as the "Goldwater Rule" are pertinent to Australasia, particularly when media statements made by psychiatrists may seem to diminish the profession through politicisation, polemic, or bringing the profession and the field into disrepute. We propose a series of reflective questions to assist psychiatrists in Australasia to deliberate on...
Source: Australasian Psychiatry - December 10, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Robertson M, Walter G, Bloch S Tags: Australas Psychiatry Source Type: research

Fifteen years of detaining children who seek asylum in Australia - evidence and consequences.
CONCLUSION: The evidence that prolonged immigration detention causes psychological and developmental harm to children and families and is in breach of Australia's human rights obligations is consistent. This is now partially acknowledged by the Government. Attempts to limit public scrutiny through reduced access and potential punishment of medical witnesses arguably indicates the potency of their testimony. These harmful and unethical policies should be opposed. PMID: 26646602 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Australasian Psychiatry)
Source: Australasian Psychiatry - December 8, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Mares S Tags: Australas Psychiatry Source Type: research

Allostatic load mediates the impact of stress and trauma on physical and mental health in Indigenous Australians.
CONCLUSIONS: Exposure to chronic stress throughout life results in an increased allostatic load that may contribute to a number of metabolic, cardiovascular and mental disorders that shorten life expectancy in Indigenous Australians. PMID: 26646603 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Australasian Psychiatry)
Source: Australasian Psychiatry - December 8, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Sarnyai Z, Berger M, Jawan I Tags: Australas Psychiatry Source Type: research

The ageing practitioner: ANZCA's recommendations.
CONCLUSIONS: Practitioners should recognise that planning for retirement is part of good management of a medical career, and that the ageing process will inevitably compromise their ability to treat patients safely unless they retire at the appropriate time. Planning should include adequate financial preparation, and cultivation of interests and friends outside medicine. Practitioners should also realise that insight is likely to be compromised, so that they should seek colleagues who are trusted to advise them if/when they begin to lose competency. Lastly all practitioners should ensure that they consult a General Practit...
Source: Australasian Psychiatry - December 3, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Baker AB Tags: Australas Psychiatry Source Type: research

Quetiapine-induced cervical dystonia.
CONCLUSIONS: There have been few documented cases of quetiapine-induced dystonia. It is important to be vigilant and consider the development of dystonia in patients who may not fit the typical risk profile. PMID: 26635371 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Australasian Psychiatry)
Source: Australasian Psychiatry - December 3, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tso G, Kolur U Tags: Australas Psychiatry Source Type: research

A personal perspective from the UK: ageing and psychiatrists.
CONCLUSIONS: Older psychiatrists continuing to practise after retirement from consultant roles may bring disadvantages and advantages. They may be a valuable resource for future mental health services, and they may be in a position to try out new ways of working which might be relevant to their younger colleagues in the uncertain future faced by mental health services at a time of austerity. PMID: 26635372 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Australasian Psychiatry)
Source: Australasian Psychiatry - December 3, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Benbow SM Tags: Australas Psychiatry Source Type: research

Successful ageing for psychiatrists.
CONCLUSIONS: Successful ageing is a heterogeneous, inclusive concept that is subjectively defined. No longer constrained by the notion of "super-ageing", successful ageing can still be achieved in the face of physical and/or mental illness. Accordingly, it remains within the reach of most of us. It can, and should be, person-specific and individually defined, specific to one's bio-psycho-social and occupational circumstances, and importantly, reserves. Successful professional ageing is predicated upon insight into signature strengths, with selection of realistic goal setting and substitution of new goals, given t...
Source: Australasian Psychiatry - December 3, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Peisah C Tags: Australas Psychiatry Source Type: research

Neuroimaging in psychiatry: an update on neuroimaging in the clinical setting.
CONCLUSIONS: Whilst the role of neuroimaging in patients with mood, anxiety and psychotic disorders is less clear, structural and functional imaging modalities have utility in the clinical setting in the form of diagnostic refinement and in understanding the pathophysiology of disorders, towards explaining manifestations and planning treatment. PMID: 26635374 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Australasian Psychiatry)
Source: Australasian Psychiatry - December 3, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Power BD, Nguyen T, Hayhow B, Looi J Tags: Australas Psychiatry Source Type: research

Thyroid function testing in an inpatient mental health unit.
CONCLUSION: Such low clinical utility does not support routine admission thyroid function tests for psychiatric inpatients. We conclude that thyroid function tests should only be performed where the history and clinical signs suggest a likely contribution of thyroid dysfunction to the psychiatric presentation. PMID: 26635375 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Australasian Psychiatry)
Source: Australasian Psychiatry - December 3, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Garnier KA, Ismail KA, Moylan S, Harvey R Tags: Australas Psychiatry Source Type: research

Preliminary evaluation of a brief mindfulness-based stress reduction intervention for mental health professionals.
CONCLUSIONS: A brief MBSR programme can be incorporated into the full-time workloads of practicing mental health professionals, potentially addressing a significant unmet workplace need. PMID: 26635376 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Australasian Psychiatry)
Source: Australasian Psychiatry - December 3, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Dobie A, Tucker A, Ferrari M, Rogers JM Tags: Australas Psychiatry Source Type: research

Screening for the metabolic syndrome in Australia: a national survey of psychiatrists' attitudes and reported practice in patients prescribed antipsychotic drugs.
CONCLUSIONS: Routine screening for metabolic syndrome in patients on antipsychotic agents, by Australian psychiatrists, is inadequate. Interventions to improve screening rates need to be developed, implemented and evaluated. PMID: 26635377 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Australasian Psychiatry)
Source: Australasian Psychiatry - December 3, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Laugharne J, Waterreus AJ, Castle DJ, Dragovic M Tags: Australas Psychiatry Source Type: research

Arc of instability or arc of opportunity?
PMID: 26634657 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Australasian Psychiatry)
Source: Australasian Psychiatry - December 1, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Hunter E Tags: Australas Psychiatry Source Type: research

Conversations between anthropology and psychiatry: drawing out the best from interdisciplinarity in global mental health.
CONCLUSIONS: Social and cultural perspectives embedded within programmes can provide richer, more contextualised interventions. In drawing on the combined expertise of anthropology and psychiatry, new taken-for-granted reference points embedding cultural approaches form the basis for delivery of global mental health programmes. These perspectives include:Locating mental health programmes within development critiquesSituating the subjects of development within contextualised settings, acknowledging and respecting local knowledge, understandings and practicesA focus on interdisciplinarity as the basis for future practice in ...
Source: Australasian Psychiatry - December 1, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Rosso Buckton A Tags: Australas Psychiatry Source Type: research

Cultural diversity and mental health.
CONCLUSIONS: While cultural differences provide a number of challenges to mental health policy and practice they also provide a number of opportunities to work in unique and effective ways towards positive mental health. Ethno-specific approaches to mental health that incorporate traditional and community-based systems can provide new avenues for working with culturally diverse populations. PMID: 26634659 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Australasian Psychiatry)
Source: Australasian Psychiatry - December 1, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Gopalkrishnan N, Babacan H Tags: Australas Psychiatry Source Type: research

Mental health in the island nations of the Western Pacific: a rapid review of the literature.
CONCLUSIONS: There is limited easily accessible documentation to confidently direct practice or policies regarding which strategies are likely to be effective in responding to the high rates of mental ill-health experienced in the Pacific island nations, or to plan for increases as a consequence of rapid social and demographic changes that are transforming Pacific island societies. PMID: 26634660 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Australasian Psychiatry)
Source: Australasian Psychiatry - December 1, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Hunter E, Thusanth S, McCalman J, Gopalkrishnan N Tags: Australas Psychiatry Source Type: research

Burden of mental and substance use disorders in Indigenous Australians and Oceania.
CONCLUSION: Mental and substance use disorders contribute significantly to health loss for both Indigenous Australians and Pacific Island populations. These findings indicate a substantial need to prioritise these disorders in terms of policy, services and research. PMID: 26634661 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Australasian Psychiatry)
Source: Australasian Psychiatry - December 1, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Charlson FJ, Erskine HE Tags: Australas Psychiatry Source Type: research

A longitudinal study of health outcomes for people released from prison in Fiji: the HIP-Fiji project.
CONCLUSIONS: The health needs of this population are significant but differ in important ways from those of incarcerated populations in other countries. Further research is needed to inform evidence-based care for prisoners and ex-prisoners in Pacific Island nations. PMID: 26634662 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Australasian Psychiatry)
Source: Australasian Psychiatry - December 1, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Kinner SA, Winter R, Saxton K Tags: Australas Psychiatry Source Type: research

Mental health issues from rising sea level in a remote coastal region of the Solomon Islands: current and future.
CONCLUSION: Given predictions of ongoing sea-level rise in the Pacific it is essential that more research is conducted to further understand the human impact of climate change for small island states which will inform local, provincial and national-level mental health responses. PMID: 26634663 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Australasian Psychiatry)
Source: Australasian Psychiatry - December 1, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Asugeni J, MacLaren D, Massey PD, Speare R Tags: Australas Psychiatry Source Type: research

Resuscitating the National Mental Health Policy in the Maldives.
CONCLUSIONS: The most significant challenge included stigma and poor awareness around mental health at all levels, compounded by the lack of established mental health advocacy groups. The broad scope of mental health in the policy without accompanying detailed plans and lack of local research may have also been barriers. The background of political instability and its consequences on the health sector have also been significant barriers to political endorsement. Persevering with advocating for mental health and improving awareness will be crucial to ensure that resuscitation attempts are successful. PMID: 26634664 [Pu...
Source: Australasian Psychiatry - December 1, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Mohamed A Tags: Australas Psychiatry Source Type: research

Rich Country, Poor People: the challenges of providing psychiatric services in the public and the private sectors in Papua New Guinea.
CONCLUSION: Many of the challenges faced when providing mental health care are not clinical in nature, but rather a combination of social, cultural, economic and infrastructural factors that hinder the adequate provision of, and access to, psychiatric services in Papua New Guinea. PMID: 26634665 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Australasian Psychiatry)
Source: Australasian Psychiatry - December 1, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Muga F Tags: Australas Psychiatry Source Type: research

Capacity building for Pacific Island countries: the challenges and benefits of developing a postgraduate clinical training programme.
CONCLUSIONS: The establishment of FNU's one-year full-time postgraduate diploma in mental health (PGDMH) has resulted in graduates across the Pacific in all three main regions of Oceania trained as frontline practitioners in mental health. Most of the graduates hold key mental health positions in their respective countries. The PGDMH provides culturally relevant and sensitive training in settings and with resources similar to the graduates' homelands. Challenges relate mainly to the sustainability of the programme, selection of candidates, addressing the needs of stakeholders and teaching in an evolving, under-resourced me...
Source: Australasian Psychiatry - December 1, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Chang OA, Allen MM, Pandit B Tags: Australas Psychiatry Source Type: research

Implementation Science for closing the treatment gap for mental disorders by translating evidence base into practice: experiences from the PRIME project.
CONCLUSION: The real-world application of strategies described in the implementation science literature, accompanied by use of alternative, rigorous evaluation methods to assess their impact on patient outcomes, can help in closing the mental health treatment gap in disadvantaged populations. PMID: 26634667 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Australasian Psychiatry)
Source: Australasian Psychiatry - December 1, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Shidhaye R Tags: Australas Psychiatry Source Type: research

Evaluation of a Leadership in Mental Health course for Pacific Island Nation delegates.
CONCLUSION: The course was well attended and well received, with increased confidence in key areas demonstrated and concerns regarding local application identified. In addition to positive comments, content and delivery issues were raised. Future opportunities for expanding upon this initial course are discussed. PMID: 26634668 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Australasian Psychiatry)
Source: Australasian Psychiatry - December 1, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Charlson F, Redman-MacLaren M, Hunter E Tags: Australas Psychiatry Source Type: research

Strengthening research capacity in the Pacific: an example from the Atoifi Health Research Group, Solomon Islands.
CONCLUSIONS: Given different social, cultural, economic, geographic, spiritual and service contexts across the Pacific, locally appropriate approaches need to be considered. Such approaches challenge the orthodox approach of centralized investment to replicate specialist driven approaches of funder nations. Increasing expertise at all levels through participatory capacity building models that define and address local problems may be more sustainable and responsive to local mental health contexts. PMID: 26634669 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Australasian Psychiatry)
Source: Australasian Psychiatry - December 1, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Authors: MacLaren D, Asugeni J, Redman-MacLaren M, Atoifi Health Research Group Tags: Australas Psychiatry Source Type: research

Insider-Outsider reflections from a Native Hawaiian researcher and the use of community-based participatory approaches.
CONCLUSIONS: Community-based, participatory research (CBPR) offers one model for outsiders to work effectively with indigenous communities, but CBPR also offers valuable principles for insiders who desire to work with their own communities. PMID: 26634670 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Australasian Psychiatry)
Source: Australasian Psychiatry - December 1, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Spencer MS Tags: Australas Psychiatry Source Type: research

Healthy phoning: Papua New Guinea's first ever health call centre.
CONCLUSIONS: Further analysis would need to be undertaken to determine the effectiveness of the health call centre model in the Papua New Guinea context. Scripts, protocols and analysis regarding mental health may need to be developed. PMID: 26634671 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Australasian Psychiatry)
Source: Australasian Psychiatry - December 1, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Watson AH, Poima R Tags: Australas Psychiatry Source Type: research

Alternative approaches to well-being and engagement in Vanuatu.
CONCLUSIONS: Local communities report increased pride and pleasure in the resurgence and innovation of cultural practices. PMID: 26634672 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Australasian Psychiatry)
Source: Australasian Psychiatry - December 1, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Dick T Tags: Australas Psychiatry Source Type: research

Art and mental health in Samoa.
CONCLUSIONS: This project demonstrates the potential for art and mental health projects to contribute to both improving mental health and to lowering the personal and social costs of mental ill health for communities in Samoa. PMID: 26634673 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Australasian Psychiatry)
Source: Australasian Psychiatry - December 1, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Ryan B, Goding M, Fenner P, Percival S, Percival W, Latai L, Petaia L, Pulotu-Endemann FK, Parkin I, Tuitama G, Ng C Tags: Australas Psychiatry Source Type: research

'Forgotten': a personal comment and communiqué on West Papuan refugees.
CONCLUSION: Human rights violations continue in West Papua, and the plight of its indigenous residents and West Papuan refugees in Papua New Guinea and Australia are dire and should not be 'forgotten'. PMID: 26634674 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Australasian Psychiatry)
Source: Australasian Psychiatry - December 1, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Taime T Tags: Australas Psychiatry Source Type: research

Practice, evidence and creativity in tropical and remote settings.
PMID: 26627343 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Australasian Psychiatry)
Source: Australasian Psychiatry - December 1, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Hunter E Tags: Australas Psychiatry Source Type: research

The determinants of change for indigenous mental health.
PMID: 26627344 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Australasian Psychiatry)
Source: Australasian Psychiatry - December 1, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Amos A Tags: Australas Psychiatry Source Type: research

Indigenous Mental Health.
Authors: PMID: 26627345 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Australasian Psychiatry)
Source: Australasian Psychiatry - December 1, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Australas Psychiatry Source Type: research

Book review: Pathologist of the Mind: Adolf Meyer and the Origins of American Psychiatry.
PMID: 26627346 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Australasian Psychiatry)
Source: Australasian Psychiatry - December 1, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Kirkby KC Tags: Australas Psychiatry Source Type: research

Book review: The Man Who Thought He Was Napoleon: Toward a Political History of Madness.
PMID: 26627347 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Australasian Psychiatry)
Source: Australasian Psychiatry - December 1, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Kaplan RM Tags: Australas Psychiatry Source Type: research

Book review: Mental Health in the Digital Age: Grave Dangers, Great Promise.
PMID: 26627348 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Australasian Psychiatry)
Source: Australasian Psychiatry - December 1, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Nielssen O Tags: Australas Psychiatry Source Type: research

Book review: The Altruistic Brain: How we are naturally good.
PMID: 26627349 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Australasian Psychiatry)
Source: Australasian Psychiatry - December 1, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Butterfield I Tags: Australas Psychiatry Source Type: research

Use of the urine drug screen in psychiatry emergency service 2.
PMID: 26627350 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Australasian Psychiatry)
Source: Australasian Psychiatry - December 1, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Akosile W, McDermott BM Tags: Australas Psychiatry Source Type: research

The use of psychoactive drug testing in acute mental health services.
PMID: 26627351 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Australasian Psychiatry)
Source: Australasian Psychiatry - December 1, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Paton MB, Large MM Tags: Australas Psychiatry Source Type: research

From the President.
Authors: PMID: 26627352 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Australasian Psychiatry)
Source: Australasian Psychiatry - December 1, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Australas Psychiatry Source Type: research

From the CEO.
Authors: PMID: 26627353 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Australasian Psychiatry)
Source: Australasian Psychiatry - December 1, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Australas Psychiatry Source Type: research

New policy and submissions from the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.
Authors: PMID: 26627354 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Australasian Psychiatry)
Source: Australasian Psychiatry - December 1, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Australas Psychiatry Source Type: research

Voting rights for Associates (trainees) and Affiliates at RANZCP annual general meeting and in Board elections.
Authors: PMID: 26627355 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Australasian Psychiatry)
Source: Australasian Psychiatry - December 1, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Australas Psychiatry Source Type: research

Reflections on visiting the Northern Territory.
Authors: PMID: 26627356 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Australasian Psychiatry)
Source: Australasian Psychiatry - December 1, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Australas Psychiatry Source Type: research

RANZCP renews its commitment to constitutional recognition and reconciliation.
Authors: PMID: 26627357 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Australasian Psychiatry)
Source: Australasian Psychiatry - December 1, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Australas Psychiatry Source Type: research

New College policy and advocacy work contributes to addressing methamphetamine-related harms in Australia and New Zealand.
Authors: PMID: 26627358 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Australasian Psychiatry)
Source: Australasian Psychiatry - December 1, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Australas Psychiatry Source Type: research

New online resources on self-care for rural psychiatrists.
Authors: PMID: 26627359 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Australasian Psychiatry)
Source: Australasian Psychiatry - December 1, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Australas Psychiatry Source Type: research