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Not for release: On the latest instalment in the sorry saga of mental health reform

By Sebastian Rosenberg Senior Lecturer, Brain and Mind Research Institute at the University of Sydney The National Mental Health Commission has provided its Review of Mental Health Services to the Federal Government. Despite the repeated requests of Shadow Minister Jan McLucas and a resolution passed by the Australian Senate, the Government has now confirmed it does [...]

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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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AMSANT calls for action to avoid mental health service cut

While there has been a lot of focus on the federal budget’s potential impact on health services it is easy to forget that there are many health services facing immediate funding issues. Today AMSANT released the following press release: Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance NT (AMSANT) today called for urgent action to ensure that Aboriginal communities [...]

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Book review: “Commendable” reading on climate change and equity

As we call for entries in the next edition of The Gavin Mooney Memorial Essay Competition (see here for details of the mental health-related topic), it is timely to reflect back on the inaugural competition’s topic of climate change and equity. Many thanks to Emeritus Professor Tony McMichael for taking the time to review the [...]

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Entries sought for essay competition focusing on mental health

  Entries are invited for the 2nd annual Gavin Mooney Memorial Essay Competition. The topic is: The social and cultural determinants of mental health: collective responsibilities; individualism; austerity; entitlements. The Gavin Mooney Memorial Essay Competition is a joint project of the Sydney School of Public Health at the University of Sydney, Croakey, and Inside Story, [...]

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Public forum to focus on #CulturalSolutions to preventing suicides in Indigenous communities

The Healing Foundation is convening a public forum with live streaming in Canberra on Friday morning, called Cultural Solutions: Understanding Suicide. The forum will focus on the effects of trauma and how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are applying cultural solutions to promote healing in communities. You are invited to join the discussion online [...]

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Counting the mental health toll: fallout from the Federal Budget

Health policy analyst Dr Lesley Russell has been poring over the federal budget papers, investigating the implications for health across the board and in specific areas. Below is the summary from her report investigating the implications for mental health (and her Indigenous health analysis is coming up next…) She warns that the budget will have [...]

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What does the Mental Health Council of Australia think of the direction of welfare reforms?

(Update: A response to this post from the Mental Health Council of Australia was added on July 1 – see bottom of post). The McClure Review’s release of its interim report on welfare reform is likely to be causing anxiety for many of those affected by mental illness, especially in view of headlines like this, Mentally ill people could [...]

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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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