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The Health Wrap: What the evidence uncovered; reaching out to vaccine skeptics; health funding waiting games

By Kellie Bisset What the evidence uncovered Evidence has turned the tables on two issues this past fortnight: whether our multimillion national investment in antiviral drugs is justified; and whether significant spending on alternative treatments such as homeopathy is a good use of money. First, to antiviral drugs, and the release of a Cochrane Review [...]

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The NDIS must bring disruptive change without doing harm: mental health leader

Those responsible for implementing the NDIS should keep in mind the advice of a certain Roman emperor – “to make haste slowly”, says Frank Quinlan, the CEO of the Mental Health Council of Australia. *** The NDIS and Mental Health: Make change quickly – but don’t rush Frank Quinlan writes: Around 27 BC, Rome’s first [...]

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Equity and parity of service provision is essential to transforming the lives of those with mental ill health

Professor Patrick McGorry, Executive Director, Orygen Youth Health Research Centre writes: Australia can be very proud of the substantial progress that has been made in recent years in bringing the subject of mental ill-health and mental illness from out of the shadows and into the mainstream of public discourse, however timely access to high quality mental [...]

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Putting the spotlight on mental health in the mining sector

A new guide has been developed to help address concerns about the mental health and wellbeing of those working in the NSW mining sector. The background to the guide’s development is described below by Jaelea Skehan, the Director of the Hunter Institute of Mental Health, and Brian Kelly, Professor of Psychiatry and the interim chair [...]

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ReachOut/EY ‘Crossroads’ report says time to rethink the national mental health system

Online youth mental health service ReachOut.com by Inspire Foundation and EY (formerly Ernst and Young) yesterday called for a shift to a “21st century mental health care system”, saying growing and unmet demand makes our current model unsustainable (see info graphic below). Their joint report Crossroads: Rethinking the Australian mental health system calls for a [...]

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7 lessons from a health journalist on ‘outing his black dog’ of depression

Journalist Sean Parnell -  health and freedom of information editor at The Australian – recently wrote a very personal piece about having depression. In it, he describes its onset and impact and how, with the support of family and health professionals, he has sought to “tighten the leash on this black dog”.  He notes: One [...]

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NSW’s tough new drink-related laws to have biggest impact on Aboriginal people & in the bush

Tough new laws for drink-related offences in New South Wales will have a disproportionate effect on Aboriginal people, says Amy McGuire, editor of Tracker, the magazine produced by the NSW Aboriginal Land Council. Her editorial from the magazine’s latest edition says tough on-the-spot fines will be a particular burden in rural and regional areas like [...]

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What does the evidence tell us about the impact of immigration detention on children?

Croakey is compiling submissions to the Australian Human Rights Commission inquiry into the impact of immigration detention on the health, well-being and development of children. *** Jaelea Skehan and Gavin Hazel from the Hunter Institute of Mental Health write: On 3 February 2014 the President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Professor Gillian Triggs, launched an inquiry [...]

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How the Federal Government is grooming us to be complicit in child abuse

Croakey is compiling submissions to the Australian Human Rights Commission inquiry into the impact of immigration detention on the health, well-being and development of children. In the article below, psychiatrist Professor Alan Rosen argues that the immigration detention of children amounts to systematic child abuse, and notes the irony of this occurring while inquiries are [...]

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On breaking down the barriers between health and legal issues: insights from @fionalander as @wepublichealth

In the chair last week at @wepublichealth, doctor and lawyer Dr Fiona Lander generated a lot of interest in the connections and crossover of legal and health issues, particularly for disadvantaged people. Fiona is currently working at Austin Health and Corrs Chambers Westgarth and on secondment with the Advocacy-Health Alliance Network at Justice Connect, assisting with [...]

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