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The Health Wrap: Mental Health Week; medical pressure points; standing up for public health

By Frances Gilham Primary Health Network boundaries announced The boundaries for the new Primary Health Networks have been announced – slimmed-down networks proposed by the Coalition in this year’s Budget to replace Medicare Locals. Medical Observer reported the federal government saying it was committed to having the Primary Health Networks up and running by 1 [...]

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More Queues than Ays: reflections on Q&A’s mental health episode

The ABC’s Q&A program for Mental Health Week last night focussed on mental health in rural and remote Australia. The program covered a broad range of issues, including historical trends for mental illness in Australia, the role of prevention and early intervention and whether mental illnesses are determined by genetics or environment (or a mix of both). [...]

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Do we need more psychiatric beds?

The theme of Mental Health Week this year ‘Act-Belong-Commit’ is particularly relevant to the challenge of ensuring people with mental illnesses can access high quality care in the community.    In the following piece Dr Samantha Battams, Associate Professor & Public Health Program Director at Torrens University in South Australia, discusses how governments, health professionals and [...]

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The Koori Woman: Sharing stories of pain, and of strength (trigger alert)

Kelly Briggs writes: My first suicide attempt was when I was still a teenager. I had been in a serious relationship that had ended badly, included domestic violence and drastically reduced my self-esteem. When the relationship ended I was jubilant to the point of ecstasy. It wasn’t until months later that a depressive downward spiral [...]

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The Koori Woman: Ending the silence on trauma and mental health

Kelly Briggs writes: I recently attended The Mental Health Services (TheMHS) Conference of Australia & New Zealand in Perth. I mainly kept my schedule to see any Indigenous topics and themes being spoken about, and at some point I too was going to present a story on my lived experience with mental illness. The day before I [...]

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Abbott Government’s first year in office: what’s the verdict on health?

This Sunday marks the first anniversary of the election of the Abbott Government. We’ll leave it up to Croakey readers to characterise the year in health – feel free to post (publishable) comments and we’ll share them. This post below from The Conversation by Jim Gillespie, Deputy Director of the Menzies Centre for Health Policy [...]

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Indigenous leaders plea to PM Abbott to step in on “chaotic” policy, funding environment

Updated to include statement below from the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) on concerns about discriminatory changes to the way some Aboriginal organisations will be required to incorporate, and from the Close the Gap Steering Committee on cuts to anti-smoking programs. National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community leaders have called on Prime [...]

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No “perfect storm”: Hazelwood coal mine fire inquiry points to broader health issues, planning implications

“Contrary to suggestions that the Hazelwood mine fire was the ‘perfect storm of events’, all of the factors contributing to the ignition and spread of the fire were foreseeable. Yet it appears they were not foreseen.” The main findings of the inquiry into this year’s Hazelwood coal mine fire in Victoria are focused on what [...]

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Whither welfare? The risks of proposed changes to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Earlier this week, Croakey posted an article on the demise of the Australian National Preventive Health Agency (ANPHA). In the post below, republished with permission from the Power to Persuade blog, Professor Brian Howe, who was Health Minister in the Hawke Labor Government, discusses the risks to the role of the Australian Institute for Health [...]

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How stigma prevents wider understanding of risks and prevention of overdose

In the wake of International Overdose Awareness Day (August 31), UnitingCare ReGen’s Donna Ribton-Turner says the taboos surrounding deaths from alcohol and other drug overdose magnify the burden for grieving families and increase the risk for all of us. She looks at how we are improving, or not, with public awareness through the media coverage [...]

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