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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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The Health Wrap: Workplace mental health, an Indigenous health mix-bag, and health budget predictions

By Melissa Davey Employee well-being is being addressed, but needs work Mental health in the workplace is becoming an increasingly discussed issue as mental illness becomes less stigmatised, and workplaces are seen as key partners in its prevention and treatment. Writing for Croakey, Jaelea Skehan and Brian Kelly say it is promising to see workplaces given a [...]

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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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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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Scripting mental illness

On Thursday and Friday this week a symposium will be held at Melbourne University exploring the portrayal of mental illness in film. ”Try walking in my shoes: Empathy and portrayals of of mental illness on screen“, will look at a number of films, how they impact the viewer and the implications for awareness of mental illness . [...]

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Another day, another review of mental health services and programs

If you heard the muffled sound of a repressed collective groan around the traps this week, perhaps it was in response to the news of yet another inquiry into mental health services. Health Minister Peter Dutton announced that the National Mental Health Commission would review “all existing programmes across the government, non-government and private sectors”. [...]

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Inside the immigration detention facilities in Darwin: breeding grounds for mental illness

The official version of how asylum seekers are treated in immigration detention facilities in Darwin is quite different from the reality, reports a prominent medical specialist, Professor Caroline de Costa, after a recent visit. Her first-hand observations about the toll of detention upon the mental health and wellbeing of children and mothers is in line [...]

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The mental health toll of policies that seek to keep people “out of sight and largely out of mind”

The harm that detention inflicts upon asylum seekers, including children, is powerfully described in three articles in the latest edition of the Medical Journal of Australia. The articles (here, here, and here) note that suicide is the leading cause of premature death for those in the immigration detention network, and document the toll that detention takes [...]

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The Health Wrap: an evidence-based Christmas, wins in Indigenous health, and a HIV health scare in Sydney

We’re all familiar with the chocolate-filled advent calendars that crop up in shops this time of year, but perhaps a healthier choice might be the UK Cochrane Centre’s evidence-based advent calendar. The third day of Christmas, for example, features cranberries; ‘Evidence from 24 studies with almost 4500 people suggests that cranberry products don’t offer any [...]

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World Innovation Summit for Health: Lessons for Australia

What are the lessons for Australia from the World Innovation Summit for Health , which has just wrapped up in Doha Qatar? Jack Heath, CEO of SANE Australia, who participated in the summit, says major themes included the need to better support carers and self-care. **** Jack Heath writes: Over the past two days, 1000 [...]

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