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Herald SunHerald Sun - Alzheimers - 28 jan 2015January 28, 2015
Lucie van den Berg

Miracle hope in Victorian trial of new Alzheimer’s pill

Victorians with Alzheimer’s disease are first in the world to receive a new drug aiming to revolutionise treatment.  One Australian is diagnosed every six minutes with Alzheimer’s disease.  more...

Sydney Morning HeraldRebecca Segrave - Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre - SMH - 25 jan 2015January 25, 2015
Nicky Phillips

Australian researcher discovers promising treatment for depression

that combines gentle brain stimulation using weak electric current and thinking exercises.  In a small pilot study, symptoms of depression had gone completely by their 3 wk follow-up in about a third.  more...

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Northern StarJai Rowell NSW Minister for Mental HealthFebruary 20, 2015
Luke Mortimer

Mental health care enters digital age

$3.4 million to fund video conferencing for remote assessment of mental health conditions in North-East NSW.  more... 16, 2015
Sue Dunlevy

$1.8 billion funding boost to NDIS

And hundreds of thousands of people suffering less severe mental problems who currently access government-funded services but don’t qualify for the NDIS are being assured their help will continue. ... Assistant Minister for Social Services, Liberal Senator Mitch Fifield, has provided new funding and a series of guarantees on mental health just weeks before 200,000 mentally ill Australians were set to lose $250 million in funding for services that help them live in the community. more...

ABC RN Background BriefingFebruary 17, 2015
Di Martin

Crippling workload: mental illness in the Australian workplace

Mental illness is now the main reason Australian workers take extended sick leave or become incapacitated. The costs are estimated to be close to $10 billion a year and growing, and reforms are being held back by stigma and prejudice.   more... 

Express-UK-DailyAndSundayFebruary 16, 2015
Sarah Westcott

'skunk' cannabis: drug could be responsible for paranoia and schizophrenia

 A potent strain of cannabis is responsible for 25% of new psychosis cases including paranoia and schizophrenia - UK study finds.  Some 60,000 people in Britain are thought to be living with mental health conditions worsened by smoking “skunk” cannabis.  more...