Watch this Space 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Beware! Flu season approaches 8 Health in Mind Many of us underestimate the seriousness of the bug known 9 as the ﬂu. The humble ﬂu is actually responsible for the 10 hospitalisation of around 30,000 Australians each year. 1,500 Australians die from the disease. 11 12 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 20 The vaccine is not a live vaccine so therefore cannot cause 21 inﬂuenza. Poor differentiation between inﬂuenza and colds 22 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com 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! firstname.lastname@example.org feel young. And I feel pretty young!