Listen, Acknowledge, Respond: Addressing the mental health treatment gap

Julianne Whyte, Kirsty Smith, Janelle Thomas, Janelle Wheat

Research output: Other contribution to conferenceAbstract


Sadness, social withdrawal, depression, loss of hope; if a healthy person experiences any of these feelings, the health care system has well established processes and services to treat them. Why then do we accept this as ‘normal’ and ‘to be expected’ for those facing their last days. Our research shows mental illness in the terminally ill is underdiagnosed and undertreated – it’s a “Treatment Gap”.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventPalliative Care NSW Biennial State Conference 2016 - Broken Hill Musicians Club, Broken Hill, Australia
Duration: 13 Oct 201615 Oct 2016


ConferencePalliative Care NSW Biennial State Conference 2016
Abbreviated titleTransforming our landscape
CityBroken Hill
OtherIt is with great pleasure that we welcome you to Broken Hill and to the Palliative Care NSW Biennial State Conference Transforming our Landscape.The theme ‘Transforming our Landscape’ plays on the uniqueness of the local landscape, and is designed to challenge delegates to make the journey to Broken Hill and transform what they do; how they do it, and even who they are. The conference is being planned in such a way that it will enable delegates to immerse themselves in the beautiful landscape of Broken Hill and its culture, whilst learning and exchanging ideas about providing quality Palliative Care to patients and carers. Transforming Palliative Care and End of life care involves assessing and continually improving the way patient and family care is delivered within a range of care settings.We are looking forward to welcoming you to the desert, and we invite you to take this journey of transformation and be invigorated and enlightened – and maybe stay a while.
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