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SATURDAY 30TH JUNE
Time to lift mental
Professor Vaughan Carr
By JIM CHIPP
Mental health professionals
should take a lesson from other
medical disciplines, according to a
Vaughan Carr is professor in
the school of psychiatry at the
University of New South Wales
and heads the Schizophrenia
He said clinical practice and
research went hand in hand in
advancing the treatment of physi-
cal illness, resulting in steady
He cited breast cancer treat-
ment as an example mental
health practice could follow.
We have seen incremental
improvement in breast cancer
morbidity and mortality, he said.
Improvement in the quality of
mental health services would be
given an enormous boost if there
were infrastructure established
for the effectiveness of good clini-
We need to integrate our
research effort with the clinical
services so that the two support
each other, so the research effort
improves the clinical work.
Mr Carr said the Schizophrenia
Research Institute had carried out
a large-scale epidemiological sur-
vey of psychosis in Australia and
found some disappointing results.
Although patients were more
satisfied with their treatment
overall, outcomes remained about
the same as 12 years ago.
Rates of drug and alcohol abuse
among patients had risen and
patients were less healthy.
Half of them were obese, half
exhibited metabolic symptoms
such as high blood pressure or
high blood glucose, and a quarter
of them were at risk of a serious
cardiovascular event in the next
The survey found increasing
numbers of people with psychoses
were accessing services.
What we don t know is the
extent to which those interven-
tions are soundly based, Mr Carr
We know, for instance, that
cognitive behavioural therapy is
very effective, but we don t know
the extent to which the so-called
counselling work being provided is
delivering those treatments we
know are effective.
That s the challenge -- that
what is being delivered has good
To be frank, I would expect
that there are low levels.
Governance structures should
insist that services delivered had
built-in measurement of out-
comes, he said.
Schizophrenia typically appears
in adolescence or young adult-
hood, so parents should pay atten-
tion if their teenager becomes
depressed, unpredictable or
Three-quarters of mental dis-
eases had their onset before 25
years, he said.
You have a signal that a young
person emits that they are in
some kind of trouble and deserves
to be taken seriously, and
deserves to be evaluated, and to
receive treatment based on the
Mr Carr visited Wellington as
this year s Chad Buckle fellow.
The fellowship was established
after Chad Buckle killed himself
in 2003 while a patient of Wellin-
gton s acute mental health unit.
Food and beverage list
The Wellington food and beverage
database has been overhauled to
include more of the region s
Capital economic development
agency Grow Wellington launched
the database last year to help buyers
find high-quality product from
around the region.
Logan Brown restaurant co-owner
Steve Logan said the database was a
handy tool, especially for res-
taurateurs who wanted to buy
It s broad, comprehensive and
easy to use, he said.
Grow Wellington food and bever-
age manager Kate Jamieson said the
searchable database was invaluable
and easy to use.
It clearly identified export-capable
companies with specific product
details, she said.
Moore Wilson director Julie Moore
said her company constantly
reviewed its information on the
database to ensure the range was up-
Many of our wholesale customers
are also checking it before they
arrive at our store to buy.
There s no question the database
is being frequently accessed and it s
providing everyone with very useful
and practical information.
The overhaul has allowed the
database to be easily added to,
ensuring each company s details are
up-to-date and that new producers,
manufacturers and suppliers are
captured as the industry grows in
To view the Wellington food and
beverage database or to register a
company, visit growwellington.co.nz
Tawa students to sing
Tawa College students Fuatino
Malo-Siolo and Nicholas Catto
will feature in the 600-strong
New Zealand Secondary
Students Choir when it
performs at Sacred Heart
Cathedral on Saturday evening.
Fuatino said he felt privileged
to be premiering Nemesi, a piece
written by one of New Zealand s
most established composers,
The unique rhythm and har-
mony in this piece of music is
absolutely astonishing. I cannot
wait to perform this work, it s
very exciting, he said.
The choir is directed by
Andrew Withington and its rep-
ertoire includes a wide range of
choral styles. Tickets can be
bought at the door, or for
email@example.com or phone
04 976 8557. Tickets are $25
adults, $15 seniors and $10
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