Tag Archives: mental health

September sheds light on awareness

Throughout September there are three awareness days, which include: Child Protection Week (September 1-7); World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10) and RU OK Day (September 12). In 2019 (up until July) there have been 76,257 contacts made to Kids Helpline, with 6,928 related to suicide. It’s noted that mental health …

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Pharmacist access to the MBS one step closer

The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) has called on the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review Taskforce to increase the role of pharmacists to address the healthcare needs of all Australians. The PSA’s recommendations, which stem from its two key reports, Medicine Safety: Take care and Pharmacists in 2023, made to …

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$5m funds for eating disorders research

The Australian government is providing $5 million for ground-breaking research into the early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of eating disorders. Around one million Australians live with an eating disorder. They are extremely complex illnesses and have one of the highest mortality rates of any psychiatric condition. The two projects funded …

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Survey shows prison healthcare effective

The health of many prisoners who have been unemployed or homeless before being incarcerated improves in jail, according to a new report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). The report, ‘The health of Australia’s prisoners 2018’, includes information gathered from people through the use of questionnaires over …

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Obligations threaten young carers’ futures

Young Australians providing care for family members with mental illnesses, alcohol and drug addictions are struggling to keep up with their studies, according to new research. The Flinders University and UNSW study found the problem will remain without an adjustment to flexibility in schools and personalised intervention programs. The results …

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New female health network

The Australian Health Research Alliance (AHRA) welcomed the $5 million commitment by the Coalition to fund a ground-breaking national women’s health alliance. The commitment of $5 million is to go towards a nation-building initiative, informed by women for women, called the National Women’s Health Research, Translation and Impact Network. Founding …

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TGA alleges peptide claims are false

TGA instigates legal action against Peptide Clinics Australia for advertising compounded prescription-only therapeutic goods to the general public without the necessary approvals. The TGA has uncovered breaches of the Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code 2015 (the Code) and the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 following an investigation. The advertisements were accessible to registered …

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Summit: strategies to stem suicide

A whole-of-government approach, timely collection of information and strengthening health networks were key actions suggested to tackle Australia’s rising suicide rate. The recommendations were made this week following the National Suicide Prevention Summit in Canberra by the National Mental Health Commission (NMHC). The key recommendations include: Make suicide prevention a …

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