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MENTAL HEALTH |

The Health Wrap: the vexed issues of antivaxxers, Medicare musings, weighty issues, meeting mental health needs, and measuring poverty

                It’s with pleasure I introduce this week’s Health Wrap from my colleague Megan Howe, who recently joined the Sax Institute as Publications Manager. Megan knows more than a thing or two about health reporting – she has worked in the media for 25 years, most recently as [...]

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MENTAL HEALTH |

Mental health reform, on a crystal platter, served hot

The National Mental Health Commission’s review of mental health services provides the blueprint to begin long overdue reform to mental health services now. Consumers, their families and health professionals are looking for action.  John Mendoza’s message to the Prime Minister?  The ball’s in your court. Seize the opportunity in front of you and make change [...]

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MENTAL HEALTH |

Professor Allan Fels: Meaningful mental health reform can happen right now, together

Last week the ABC published leaked sections the National Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services which was undertaken by the National Mental Health Commission and completed last year.  Two days after the initial leaks Croakey was first to release the full report to the public. While the review has now been released, Health Minister Sussan Ley [...]

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In full: the four volumes of the Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services, which the Government has been sitting on for five months

Last year, more than 2,000 individuals and organisations made submissions to the 2014 Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services, which was undertaken by the National Mental Health Commission to terms of reference provided by the Federal Government in early 2014. The final report, dated 30 November, makes clear the Commission expected the report to [...]

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MENTAL HEALTH |

How we’ve ended up with a bankrupt health debate…

Health policy news has been making headlines of late. There’s been: • the Federal Government’s long-awaited announcement on the new Primary Health Networks; • the move to financially penalise conscientious objectors to childhood vaccination (the merits of this approach have been questioned by some public health experts); • calls for action on mental health reform in the wake [...]

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Thirteen-year-old Imogen Senior takes it up to the PM: “It is your government that is doing this to human beings”

Thirteen-year-old Imogen Senior was in the car with her dad – known to Croakey readers as Dr Tim Senior, a GP and Wonky Health columnist - when they heard Julian Burnside talking on the radio about children so desperate that they had attempted suicide while in asylum detention. Yesterday, Imogen’s father discovered that she had written to the [...]

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Health Wrap: Ice rethink, mental health funding reprieve, tackling anti-vaccination activists, sweat to live longer

                This week’s Health Wrap has been written by my colleague Ellice Mol, another new Sax Institute staff member. Ellice is our new Digital Communications Manager, a dab hand at producing digital content and has also worked in radio, video and film production. We hope you enjoy the [...]

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MENTAL HEALTH |

Why prevention and promotion are vital for mental health

We readily accept the need for prevention and health promotion in relation to issues that affect our physical health, such as cigarette advertising or food labelling, but we don’t always take the same approach to issues affecting our mental health.    However, if we are to reduce the incidence of mental illness in our community and improve our overall mental [...]

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“Like all anti-racism efforts, our campaign confronted and challenged some people…”

Georgie Harman, CEO of beyondblue, writes: beyondblue recently released findings of an independent evaluation of the Stop. Think. Respect. ‘Invisible Discriminator’ campaign, which showed increased awareness of racial discrimination in people who had seen the ads. The campaign was launched in July last year to highlight the link between psychological distress and subtle racism. It hit the [...]

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The Health Wrap: Forgotten election issues, Indigenous funding reprieve, mind-eating ice, Medicare debate not dead yet

                It’s with pleasure I introduce this week’s Health Wrap from my colleague Megan Howe, who has joined the Sax Institute as Publications Manager. Megan knows more than a thing or two about health reporting – she has worked in the media for 25 years, most recently as [...]

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