Mental Health

2018

What are the physical and mental wellbeing benefits veterans achieve through participating in sporting activities? Technical Report. Prepared for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

A full PDF version of the report can be found here

The objective of this review was to synthesise the published academic literature on the physical and mental wellbeing benefits veterans achieve through participating in sporting activities. Given the breadth of possible activities and the various means by which veterans can participate in an activity, the sporting activity interventions that feature in the review were differentiated into six categories. These categories included structured competitive sport, supervised aerobic exercise, supervised mind body exercise, supervised combined aerobic and anaerobic exercise, unmonitored unsupervised physical activity and structured recreational physical activity.  

2017

A Systematic Review of the Evidence Related the Management of Challenging Behaviours in Patients with Acute Traumatic Brain Injury or Post-Traumatic Amnesia. Prepared for the Lifetime Support Authority, Flinders Medical Centre.

The purpose of this review was to synthesise the published academic literature on the effectiveness of interventions for the management of challenging behaviours in patients with acute Traumatic Brain Injury or Post-Traumatic Amnesia. The challenging behaviours considered included irritability and agitation; physical or verbal aggression towards others; physical aggression towards objects or towards themselves; disinhibited behaviour (including sexual, verbal, and physical disinhibition); repetitive behaviours; depression and anxiety. Currently, the management strategies for these challenging behaviours are varied, and often unsupported by high quality evidence. Therefore, this review examined the evidence for management strategies including both pharmacological interventions and non-pharmacological interventions.  

2014

Education support for children and young people with chronic mental and physical health issues: A Rapid Review. Prepared for Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Victoria

This review focuses on ‘educational support for children and young people with chronic mental and physical health issues,’ as specific by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Victoria. It focuses on the one in three children for whom, at any one time, education services could reasonably be required to provide individualised health support to ensure inclusion and avoid discrimination.

The objective of this rapid review was to critically examine the literature regarding educational support for children and young people with chronic mental and physical health issues. Specifically, this review aimed to identify evidence-based and effective policies, programs and service delivery models. Some of the questions in review included:

  1. What policies, programs or service delivery models are currently in place for providing educational support to children and young people with chronic mental and physical health issues?
  2. What is the evidence of effectiveness of these policies, programs or service delivery models in facilitating engagement in education or learning in children and young people with chronic mental and physical health issues?
  3. What are the key features or characteristics of effective policies, programs or service delivery models? 

Areas of study and research

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