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                                                                                       Beware! Flu season approaches
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                                                                                                                                                            Health in Mind
                                                                                       Many of us underestimate the seriousness of the bug known
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                                                                                       as the flu. The humble flu is actually responsible for the
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                                                                                       hospitalisation of around 30,000 Australians each year. 1,500
                                                                                       Australians die from the disease.
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                                                                13                     This year, like every year NMAHS Mental Health is offering
              14                            15                                         free flu vaccinations to all staff. You’ll even receive a lollipop!
     16                                                                                But just in case the lollipop isn’t inducement enough, here
              17                       18                                              are some Flu Myth Busters to persuade you to have your jab                                                                    NORTH METROPOLITAN AREA HEALTH SERVICE MENTAL HEALTH AUTUMN 2007
                                                                                       this year.
                        19                                                             Myth: Influenza vaccination causes influenza.



                                                                                                                                                            Ellis Unit Opens                                                                                          From the Area
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                                                                                       The vaccine is not a live vaccine so therefore cannot cause
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                                                                                       influenza. Poor differentiation between influenza and colds
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                                                                                       is common. The vaccine is designed to prevent that season’s
                                                                                       influenza virus. It offers no protection against colds, non-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Exec. Director
                                                                                       influenza respiratory infections and non-viral illnesses that
                   23                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 2007 will be a very busy
                                                                                       can produce influenza like symptoms.                                                                                              Ellis Unit can accommodate up to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      year for us all in mental
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        14 people and offers a full triage service.
24                                                                                     Myth: Influenza vaccine is not effective.                                                                                                                                       health. The year is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Unit is for people in an acute phase of   travelling fast, we are
                                                                                       In healthy persons under 65 years of age the vaccine is 90%                                                                      their illness, who require a secure setting   already into autumn, and
 ACROSS                                                                                effective against that seasons circulating influenza virus.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        to get the most out of their treatment.       many positive things have
 1. Fear of pleasure                                                                   Myth: Influenza vaccine causes serious adverse reactions.                                                                         Once stabilized, these patients will then     already occurred.
 4. Where events unable to be recalled are fabricated                                  Serious adverse reactions to the influenza vaccine are rare.                                                                      move to open wards and other settings to      On 11th February,
 5. A syndrome specific to Eskimos (Inuit) involving screaming,                         Most common local reactions are redness and swelling at                                                                          continue their treatment.                     The Hon. Jim McGinty,
     crying, and running naked through the snow                                        the injection site. Other post vaccination symptoms such as                                                                                                                    WA Minister for Health
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Unit will be staffed 24 hours a day,
                                                                                       fever affect 1%-10% of people vaccinated and are limited to                                                                                                                    officially opened the Ellis Unit on the
 6. Wilhelm …… a disciple of Freud who discovered                                                                                                                                                                       seven days a week by expert clinical staff.
                                                                                       24 – 48 hours.                                                                                                                                                                 Graylands campus. Staffed by expert
     science of Orgonomy                                                                                                                                                                                                Ellis Unit will have an early intervention    clinical personnel, such as Dr. Zlatan Goric,
 8. Fear of God                                                                        Myth: I’m too young to get the vaccine.                                                                                          in psychosis (EIP) focus and will benefit      the 14-bed ward will provide excellent
 10. The state immediately preceding awakening                                         As a Health Care Worker the DoH and World Health                                                                                 from collaborative links with the UWA/        mental health care and help facilitate
 11. Fear of sexual intercourse                                                        Organization recommends vaccination with the Influenza                                                                            Graylands Hospital Centre For Clinical        important new research into mental illness.
 13. An inability to carry out previously learned skilled motor activities             Vaccine. Influenza is a vaccine preventable disease. You can                                                                      Research in Neuropsychiatry. Professor        Recruitment to the Executive Director
 14. A pathological, parrot-like senseless repetition                                  start infecting others from one day before you get symptoms                                                                      Assen Jablensky, an internationally           position at the Mental Health Division has
                                                                                       thereby infecting work colleagues and patients.                                                                                  renowned schizophrenia researcher,            been completed, with Dr Steve Patchett
 18. Mood within the “normal” range
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        will take a key role in leading cutting       being appointed, effective from April 2007.
 20. A newly coined word                                                               Remember — everyone who receives a vaccination will go in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      This position has been substantively vacant
                                                                                       the draw to win one of two dinners out, valued at $100 each!                                                                     edge research and evidence based
 21. Disordered tonicity of muscles                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   for some time and I extend congratulations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        practice. Other key staff include
 22. Repetition of the same verbal response to varied stimuli                          The vaccination programme will begin on the 2nd of April at                                                                                                                    on behalf of North Metropolitan Area
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Dr. Zlatan Golic who will be the Unit’s       Mental Health to Steve on his appointment.
 23. Waxy flexibility--rigid maintenance of a body position                             various locations throughout the North. Keep an eye on your
                                                                                       email for more details!                                              Dr. Ann Hodge, Clinical Director of the Adult Mental        consultant psychiatrist and will join         This key role in leadership for mental
 24. A visual perception that makes objects seem larger than                                                                                                Health Programme for NMAHS; Dr. Zlatan Golic,               Professor Jablensky in spearheading the       health in the State is a very important
     they really are                                                                                                                                        Consultant Psychiatrist for Ellis Unit; and The Hon.        EIP programme and John Dean, Clinical         one and we look forward to working
                                                                                       On track for health                                                  Jim McGinty, WA Minister for Health, at the Ellis Unit                                                    collaboratively with Steve and his team.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Nurse Specialist, who has over thirty years
 DOWN                                                                                  One of the most common side-effects of psychiatric
                                                                                                                                                            Community Open Day.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        experience in mental health care.             Many of the Mental Health Strategy 2004-
 2.       Another term for loosening of associations                                   medication is weight gain. To combat this problem, the                                                                                                                         2007 initiatives have been fully implemented
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Area Executive Director of the North
 3.       A fear of doctors                                                            physiotherapists at Graylands Hospital have come up                  As our population ages, there’s an                                                                        and 2007 will be a year of consolidation and
                                                                                       with a new exercise plan for patients. Kevin Lau, senior                                                                         Metropolitan Area Health Service, Mental      reform and continuing to progress rolling out
 7.       A form of conditioning discovered by Pavlov                                                                                                       increasing need for new services and
                                                                                       physiotherapist at Graylands, is proposing to create a series of                                                                 Health, Dr. Peter Wynn Owen, says the         the remaining Strategy initiatives.
 9.       Contradictory emotions to a particular person or situation                                                                                        more beds within the health service, and
                                                                                       colour-coded walk trails around the Graylands campus. “Our                                                                       opening of Ellis Unit will provide a much-
 12.      The delusion of non-existence of the self or part(s) of it                                                                                        mental health is no exception. And so it                                                                  We continue to work with the North
                                                                                       aim is to get patients up to 10,000 steps a day,” said Kevin.                                                                    needed service. “This modern new facility     Metropolitan Area Health Service to
 15.      An inability to experience pleasure                                                                                                               was with much fanfare and excitement
                                                                                       “In combination with dietary measures, walking can make a                                                                        really highlights how far we’ve come in       develop major capital works projects in
                                                                                                                                                            that the new Ellis Unit opened at
 16.      A fear of string                                                                                                                                                                                              mental health care. This is a state-of-the-   hospital developments in accordance with
                                                                                       real difference to a person’s weight.” The new trails are set        Graylands Hospital last month. The
 17.      State of unresponsiveness with immobility and mutism                         to be painted over the next few months around the hospital                                                                       art ward which will be staffed by people      the WA Health Clinical Services Framework.
                                                                                                                                                            five-million dollar secure ward was
 19.      Loss of memory                                                               campus. The painted trails will show people how far they                                                                         who are leaders in their fields.”              I plan to visit each of the mental health
                                                                                                                                                            officially opened by WA’s Minister for
                                                                                       have walked and how far the distance is between popular                                                                          Ellis Unit is named after Dr. Arch Ellis,     services this year, meet staff and discuss
 Thanks to Allen Finley for his authorship of the crosswords!                                                                                               Health, The Hon. Jim McGinty, at a launch
                                                                                       spots on campus. So get ready to walk your way towards                                                                                                                         local important issues and apprise people
                                                                                                                                                            attended by local politicians, media,                       an esteemed psychiatrist who worked
 For the answer key, email varnya.bromilow@health.wa.gov.au                            better health!                                                                                                                                                                 of the Area-wide developments.
                                                                                                                                                            allied health services and the community.                   for many years as the Director of Mental
                                                                                                                                                            It was especially encouraging to observe                    Health Services in Western Australia.
                                            NORTH METROPOLITAN AREA HEALTH SERVICE MENTAL HEALTH                                                            the healthy turnout from neighbours in                      Dr. Ellis also worked as a Ship’s Surgeon
                                                                                                                                                            the area. Staff were happy to receive                       in World War Two and opened Australia’s
                                            The deadline for Winter 2007 issue contributions is 7 June 2007. Please email to Editor,
                                                                                                                                                            several compliments about the bright,                       first rural psychiatric clinic in Townsville   Dr Peter A. Wynn Owen
                                            Varnya Bromilow at: varnya.bromilow@health.wa.gov.au or send c/- NMAHS Mental Health Executive,
                                                                                                                                                            attractive design of the new ward.                          in 1948.                                      Area Exec. Director, NMAHS Mental Health
                                            Shaw House, Graylands Hospital, Brockway Road, Mt Claremont 6010.
                                                     The Western Districts Masonic Lodge
                                                     has a long history of making charitable             New advocate                                                                                                                                                What do you enjoy most about the work?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Linda: Seeing the patients smile.
                                                     donations to local organizations and
                                                     services. Over the last decade, the
                                                                                                         for mental health                                                                                                                                           Roy: People don’t realize that mental
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     illness can happen to anyone. It could
                                                     Lodge has donated over $50,000 to local
                                                     charities and organizations. Most recently,
                                                                                                         consumers!                                                                                                                                                  just as easily be you or me in here. So you
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     treat the patients with respect and they
                                                     the Centre for Clinical Research in                                                                                                                                                                             treat you with respect.
                                                     Neuropsychiatry (CCRN) was the grateful
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Linda: We’re here for the patients. We
                                                     beneficiary of this generosity.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     really value our relationships with them.
                                                     A cheque for $1000 was presented at a                                                                                                                                                                           I’ve met some great people.
                                                     small ceremony late last month. Dr. Don                                                                                                                                                                         Roy: You do get attached, that’s true. But
                                                     Stewart represented the Lodge and met                                                                                                                                                                           you’ve got to leave the work at work.
                                                     with the Director of the CCRN, Professor                                                                Linda Hagan and Roy Haycock keep patients at Graylands amused with their antics.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Linda: And we have a fun time here.
                                                     Assen Jablensky. Dr. Stewart said he was                                                                                                                                                                        At the end of the day, I wouldn’t work



                                                                                                                                                            Spotlight on Staff
                                                     delighted to be able to assist the Centre                                                                                                                                                                       anywhere if I wasn’t enjoying it. I say to
Dr. Don Stewart presents Professor Assen Jablensky
                                                     in its research. “The Centre for Clinical                                                                                                                                                                       my sons, “If you have to work, at least
with the donation from the Western Districts
Masonic Lodge.                                       Research in Neuropsychiatry is undertaking                                                                                                                                                                      enjoy it.”
                                                     cutting-edge research into schizophrenia.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Roy: It really is the most important thing.

Donation to
                                                     We’re very pleased that our donation can                                                               Watching Linda Hagan and Roy Haycock                     They reminded me of my sons. I still tend       I don’t care about the money — it’s about
                                                                                                         Helen Oxnam, Project Officer; Patrick Marwick,
                                                     aid efforts to better understand this disease                                                          at work is a bit like watching a comedic                 to treat patients like sons.                    whether you enjoy it or not. And we
                                                                                                         Clinical Director of Child and Adolescent Mental
                                                     which effects thousands of young Australians                                                           duo in action. Just ask the residents                                                                    have fun.

fund mental
                                                                                                         Health Services for NMAHS; and Consumer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Roy: I was ready for a different, more
                                                     each year.”                                         Coordinator, Carol Scherret.                       of the Plaistowe and Cullity wards at                    settled lifestyle I think. Working here         What have been some of the highlights?
                                                     Professor Jablensky, a world-renowned                                                                  Graylands Hospital! The antics of the
                                                                                                         Mental health consumers have a new                                                                          I didn’t have to worry about where my           Linda: I received a card, hand-made, from

health                                               researcher into schizophrenia, said he                                                                 two domestic staff are so popular with
                                                                                                         voice within the healthcare system.                                                                         next pay cheque was coming from, or             a patient once. It was the loveliest thing.
                                                     was very grateful for the Lodge’s support.          Carol Scherret has been appointed                  patients that cries of “When is the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     chasing up work. I really enjoyed working       I still have it. When patients leave and
                                                                                                         as the Consumer Coordinator for all                comedy act going to start?” have been
                                                     “Donations such as these enable us to                                                                                                                           around Australia, but when I came here I

research
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     they say that you’ve really made a
                                                                                                         statewide mental health services in WA.            heard on repeated occasions throughout
                                                     continue our research into this debilitating                                                                                                                    felt at home and relaxed.                       difference to their lives. That’s definitely
                                                                                                         Last month, Carol met with consumers               the wards. Just as integral to the
                                                     disease,” he said.                                                                                                                                              What does a usual day involve?                  a highlight.
                                                                                                         as well as staff from the Health                   provision of first-rate mental healthcare
                                                                                                         Department, NGOs and other agencies                as clinicians, the vital role of domestic                Linda: Did you say a ‘usual day’? Ha!           Roy: Sometimes they club together to buy
                                                                                                         at an introductory morning tea.                    staff is often overlooked. Here’s your                   That’s one of the great things about this       us Christmas presents or whatever. That’s
                                                                                                         At the introductory session, Carol took            chance to get the low-down on what                       place. There’s never a usual day! I come in     pretty great. When we have events it’s


Indigenous Art Therapy
                                                                                                         the opportunity to outline her background          domestic staff do in a hospital setting                  at 10:30am…Roy’s already been here since        pretty fun — like Australia Day this year.
                                                                                                         and her plans for her new role. Carol              — and why these two find their jobs                       6. I make the beds, wash the walls, clean       Linda: Roy cooked 80 pancakes and
                                                                                                         has extensive experience working with              so rewarding.                                            the smoking room, the bathroom, the             brought them in for the patients!
                                                                                                         a range of state and federal agencies,
                                                                                                                                                            How long have you worked at Graylands?                   toilet. Roy and I work as a team.               Roy: And you should see this one go mad
                                                                                                         with a strong emphasis on education and
Reflections Art Studio in Northbridge                                                                                                                                                                                 Roy: You lucky lady!                            with the Christmas trees! She goes crazy
                                                                                                         training. She has worked as a consumer             Linda: Ten years — in different wards, but
has just commenced a new programme                                                                       advocate, trainer, teacher and project             this one’s my favourite.                                                                                 with the decorations!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Linda: Yeah, right!
offering art therapy to Indigenous people                                                                officer throughout Tasmania, Queensland
                                                                                                                                                            Roy: Eleven years — yeah, the only                                                                       Linda: We’ve also worked with some
suffering from long-term mental illness.                                                                 and Western Australia.                                                                                      Roy: I come in at 6am and clean up the
                                                                                                                                                            downside to working in this ward is the                                                                  great nurses.
Trish Sutton, an Alawa/Marra woman                                                                                                                                                                                   place before breakfast. Sometimes I cook
                                                                                                         The appointment of a Consumer                      fact that I have to work with her!                                                                       Roy: Absolutely. We work together.
from the Northern Territory will                                                                                                                                                                                     the breakfast.
                                                                                                         Coordinator is an integral part of                                                                                                                          If I notice that a patient is upset, I’ll
conduct the sessions. Trish is about to                                                                  the Consumer Participation Plan.                   What were you doing before you started                   Linda: They love it when he does that.
                                                                                                                                                            working here?                                                                                            immediately let the nursing staff know.
complete an MA in Art Therapy from                                                                       The plan, which was prepared by a                                                                           Everyone lines up for Roy’s breakfasts.
Edith Cowan University.                                                                                  consumer worker, was based on the                  Linda: I was working unpaid at home.                                                                     What do you like to do when you’re
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Roy: I joke around with the patients when       not working?
                                                                                                         recommendations of a series of consumer            Looking after four sons! We had a home
Trish says she thinks art therapy can be                                                                                                                                                                             they come down for breakfast. I sweep
                                                                                                         and carer workshops.                               business, a gas company.                                                                                 Linda: Shopping! That’s definitely
especially effective for Indigenous people                                                                                                                                                                           and wash the verandahs, I clean the
with mental illness because of the central                                                               Carol says her main task will be to act as a       Roy: I was a house painter. My wife died                                                                 number one!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     nurses’ station, the dining room. Linda
role that art plays in Indigenous culture.                                                               link between mental health consumers and           and I began travelling around Australia.                                                                 Roy: No it isn’t!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     and I work in a team and help each other
                                                                                                         practitioners and policy makers. “My role
“Art’s a second language for our mob,”                                                                                                                      I travelled for six years, all around the                out. We serve the meals.                        Linda: Oh isn’t it?
                                                     Trish Sutton will work with Indigenous clients at   is to articulate the needs and aspirations
she said. “My Mum calls it the silent                                                                                                                       country, painting as I went. It was great!
                                                     Reflections Art Studio                               of consumers. It’s my job to figure out                                                                      Linda: We have a lot of fun. We’re both         Roy: No, talking. Talking is your
counsellor — when things are too hard to                                                                 what consumers want and to communicate             I kitted out a campervan with all my
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     keen on dress-ups, so for Melbourne Cup         number one.
verbalize, you paint about it. Our people            could just see their self-esteem improve.           those desires to the department and the            tools and stuff and lived on the road.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     or Christmas, stuff like that, we go all out!   Linda: Well, that’s true. Also, handicrafts.
aren’t that up-front with talking…it’s a             They had this new confidence. Art is a               rest of the community.”                            Why did you start working here?
shame thing. But art can play a major part                                                                                                                                                                           Roy: You should see Linda with                  At the moment I’m making a crocheted
                                                     passion for me and really helps me in my            At the introductory session, Carol                 Linda: The home business I was running
in our healing.”                                                                                                                                                                                                     the decorations! And her wacky                  shawl for my daughter-in-law. She’s having
                                                     day-to-day life. I wanted to give others            encouraged everyone present to write               with my husband folded and I got a job                   Christmas earrings.                             a baby soon. Also, patchwork
A passionate artist herself, Trish says              the same opportunity.”                              down their thoughts about consumer                 to support the family. I remember the
                                                                                                         participation on sticky notes and post                                                                      Linda: Actually a couple of years ago           and leadlight.
she’s seen what art therapy can do for               Trish and Reflections Manager, Penny                                                                    first day I started at Murchison ward I
                                                                                                         them around the room.                                                                                       I was wearing these earrings that were          Roy: I spend a lot of time looking after my
Indigenous communities. “When I was                  Kordyl, will attend an Aboriginal Health                                                               thought to myself, ‘I can take care of
                                                                                                         Carol welcomes input from all                                                                               too heavy for my ears so I made Roy             house. And gardening, I like gardening.
working up North I saw people really                 conference in March entitled, “Bringing                                                                these people’. It reminded me of home
                                                                                                         consumers and associated agencies.                                                                          wear them.                                      Footy, movies, cooking. The usual stuff.
change. Kids, people with substance                  Them Home/Building Solid Families                                                                      — probably because there were a lot of
                                                                                                         She can be contacted at                                                                                                                                     Parties. Might as well still party while I
abuse…they’d start doing the art and you             State Conference”.                                                                                     these big boys in Murchison at that time.                Roy: And I did!
                                                                                                         carol.scherret@health.wa.gov.au                                                                                                                             feel young. And I feel pretty young!

								
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