Category: Primary care

Conference: Promoting Youth Mental Health through Intervention, Engagement and Innovation

3rd National One-Day Research Conference on Youth Mental Health
Promoting Youth Mental Health through Intervention, Engagement and Innovation
Friday 28 September 2012; Carlton Castletroy Park Hotel, Limerick
On behalf of the chair and organisers of the Association’s Special Interest Group on Youth Mental Health, it gives me pleasure to share with you details of this forthcoming research conference on Promoting Youth Mental Health through Intervention, Engagement and Innovation.
Of relevance to all those interested in, and aware of, the increasing importance of youth mental health in the individual’s life-cycle and the influencing role it has on their future development and interactions with society.
Overview: a dynamic and multi-disciplinary conference, co-hosted by the Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Special Interest Group and University of Limerick Graduate Entry Medical School, specifically geared to:
·  bring together diverse Ireland-based speakers to discuss new work and emerging trends, and overseas presenters to balance this with broader perspective pieces
·  provide insight into government perspectives, initiatives and directions
·  showcase research and innovation relevant to youth mental health and enable:
o  interaction between academic / scientific community and young people
o  opportunity for young researchers to highlight their projects to key opinion-formers, academics and clinicians
·  draw together a multi-disciplinary audience across the specialties and services
Call for Abstracts: Bringing together diverse researchers to discuss new work and balancing this with broader perspectives offering advice, tips and insights, the programme has been designed to forge new alliances and collaborations and increase awareness of the work being carried out in this area.
The day’s invited speakers include international and national experts on youth mental health Ireland and, to complement this, participation from students, clinicians, community agencies and establishing researchers is greatly encouraged. Submissions for oral and poster presentations are therefore invited (guidelines attached)
Programme: reflecting key themes in youth mental health in Ireland today, the ambitious programme covers:
·  technology in promoting youth mental health
·  youth engagement
·  service development
·  suicide and its prevention
·  substance use
·  social deprivation and its role in youth mental health
Further details: For further information or for any queries, please contact Ingrid King : 0044 (0) 20 7403 7458;[email protected].
The conference is now on Facebook and Twitter (#Acamh2012).

Alcohol screening and brief intervention among drug users in primary care: a discussion paper

New paper out now, here

Background Problem alcohol use is common among problem drug users (PDU) and associated with adverse health outcomes. Primary care has an important role in the overall stepped approach to alcohol treatment, especially screening and brief intervention (SBI). Aim To discuss three themes that emerged from an exploration of the literature on SBI for problem alcohol use in drug users attending primary care. Methods Material for this discussion paper was gathered from three biomedical databases (PubMed, PsycINFO and Cochrane library), conference proceedings and online resources of professional organisations or national health agencies. Results Themes discussed in this paper are: (a) the potential of primary care for delivery of alcohol SBIs to PDUs, (b) screening methods and (c) application of brief interventions to PDUs. Conclusions Although SBI improves health outcomes associated with problem alcohol use in the general population, further research is needed among high-risk patient groups, especially PDUs.

Integrative GP Research Group started in Dublin

How important is it to integrate research? Why do we need to integrate it at all? Well, because things are disintegrated!
This is the first blog post about the General Practice Research Group (GP), established on May 2nd, 2012 in Dublin, Ireland. It contains my musings about the first group meeting and research plans for future. I think I’m not capable of writing an exquisite research blog, but I will write about research because it consumes 80% of my waking hours.
The six of us met officially as a group on Wednesday. Finally! We made it and a new research group was born. We met to establish a research group which should be integrative. It means that we will work together to use our research for improving lives of people that we care about, patients, clients, participants… we call them different names depending on the situation.
Doing things together is much more fun than on our own. Especially if we talk about things that we are passionate about. And passion we have! It was clear in the lengthy discussions that we mean business. We spent about half of a day sunk in these talks and then I left.
After the meeting, all planned to go for a personalised sight-seeing tour around the UCD Belfield campus. In Walter’s words:

“Tour 5’ for the non-UCD people, which might involve a tour of the new(ish) Health Sciences Building, the (in)famous Belfield bar (home to the legendary Pre-Med class party of 1989) and the soccer pitch where the ‘Casual Heroes’ soccer team won division 3B of the ‘UCD Superleague’ in 1993.”