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October 14, 2014
Rare genetic disease protects against bipolar disorder
The new findings, published online this week in Nature Molecular Psychiatry, show that a rare genetic dwarfism called Ellis van-Creveld (EvC) syndrome protects against bipolar affective disorder. more...
6 October, 2014
Schizophrenia is not a fatal illness, yet UK sufferers are still dying 20 years too soon
They are dying prematurely, not from the disease itself but from conditions that are treatable and often preventable. In the UK today, people with schizophrenia have the same life expectancy as the general population of 1930s Britain. more...
October 5, 2014
Mental Health Week: NDIS could hit mental health community hardest
Mental Health Foundation president Angie Ingram feared the NDIS might not be able to meet an expected shortfall in mental health support services due to the funding change, especially if many people with a mental illness were not eligible. more...
October 2, 2014
Mark Wheeler - Media Release
Breakthrough In Alzheimer's Treatment:
Memory loss reversed for first time
Small trial by UCLA and Buck Institute succeeds using a multi-component system approach - combinations of diet, meditation, increased sleep, exercise, fasting, various vitamins and HRT. more...
October 14, 2014
photo by Glenn Hunt
Mentally ill may not lose disability pension under McClure review
"[The review team] understand that not all people with episodic mental health conditions have a work capacity and a new payments system should recognise this and offer support for such people," Patrick McClure said. Reviewers acknowledged that "it is important to maintain an adequate safety net for those who are unable to be self-reliant". more...
October 11, 2014
ABC's Mental As raises over $1m
The ABC's mental health initiative Mental As has hit its fundraising target with more than $1 million donated for mental health research. more...
October 8, 2014
MHA releases 7 point plan to reform Australia’s mental health system
“What we need is commitment to long-term systemic and fundamental reform of the mental health system. Led by the Australian Government, this commitment must come from all governments and must be funded outside the usual short-term electoral and budgetary cycles.” said CEO Frank Quinlan. read media release download 7pt Plan (PDF 115.1KB)
October 7, 2014
Greens survey finds serious lack of mental health services in regional Australia
Rural mental health experts have backed the results of a Greens survey which suggests mental health services in country Australia are seriously lacking. "It's not just this government. It's previous governments too that just have not been prepared to invest the money and the resources in the 30 per cent of Australians who live in the bush," Greens Senator Penny Wright said. more...
October 7, 2014
Lily Partland photo & story
Finding meaning in tragedy: fund keeps memory of bipolar sufferer alive
After Ian Parker's suicide, his sister Carol Smit partnered with Australian Rotary Health and, together with Deakin University, they are funding a scholarship for bipolar research. The first recipient is Emma Gliddon. more...
October 6, 2014
photo Clem Murray
Those troubled by hearing voices learn to manage the cacophony
Led by pioneering Dutch psychiatrists, peer support groups are now in 20 countries. Peer specialist, Berta Britz says the key to coping with voices, is to acknowledge them - a direct contrast to all the psychiatrists over the years who told her to suppress them. more...