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Recently, the Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry (1) published a piece by my Mend and colleague, Professor Riaz Hassan to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the publication of Emile Durkheim's Le Suicide (2). Professor Hassan's commemoration generously acknowledged points of view...
Medication compliance based on regular monitoring and education of patients and carers is a major area of intervention which has the potential to stabilise schizophrenia, reduce relapse, reduce the rate of rehospitalisation, improve levels of disability, improve sociability and reduce the burden...
This advanced study unit began as a personal desire to broaden my knowledge about issues related to the delivery of health care to people from Non-English Speaking Background (NESB) and of how as future health professional I can practise medicine in a culturally sensitive and appropriate manner.
Current health policy emphasises the need for greater accountability. One response has been a move to develop clinical practice guidelines. These are defined as ‘systematically developed statements to assist practitioner decisions about appropriate health care for specific clinical...
For nearly two decades, the concept of alcoholism as a disease has been unpopular. During this time, those unfortunate people suffering from one of the various forms of alcohol poisoning, alcohol damage or dependence were collectively labelled as having an alcohol problem or of being a problem...
I write this letter on 31 October for the final issue of Australasian Psychiatry in 1998. It is Halloween which seems to be increasingly marked in both our countries, and although I celebrated this event as a child in Ireland, I fear it is much more of an import from the USA with its current...
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists is a Fellowship of Psychiatrists working together with and for the general community to achieve the best attainable quality of psychiatric care and mental health (1).
As part of its 1998/99 work plan the Australian Medical Workforce Advisory Committee (AMWAC) has been asked to provide advice to the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council (AHMAC) on the characteristics, distribution and adequacy of the current psychiatry workforce. In addition, the...
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