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Oct 31, 2014
Darwin man discovers hidden artistic talent after a lifetime of hearing voices
At 69 yo, Leigh Morley says art has given him confidence in himself. more...
October 14, 2014
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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 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...
November 18, 2014
Psychologists say police not being monitored for work-related mental health issues
Police who can no longer cope with trauma and stress should have access to high status desk jobs to combat mental illness and prevent suicides, psychologists say. more...
November 12, 2014
$67 million 73-bed mental health centre opens
Named in honour of former NSW Governor Marie Bashir, who has dedicated much of her life to Mental Health, and designed to look more like a home than a hospital, the Camperdown centre will accommodate more than 2,000 patients a year. more...
November 6, 2014
Mental health services for Aboriginal Australians inadequate, inappropriate
... and immediate changes are needed to address growing rates of suicide, depression and other mental health issues among Indigenous youth, a new report (PDF 582.3KB) says. Co-author, Dr Tom Calma, described it as "a slight on the whole of our population to know that almost 3 times as many suicides occur in the Indigenous population than in the mainstream". more...
November 4, 2014
Call for changes to Mental Health Act
Mental Health Tribunal changes create distress and anxiety, says Guardianship & Administration Board's president, Anita Smith. The new Mental Health Act, introduced in February, brought in changes for the Mental Health Tribunal, reducing involuntary detention time from 28 to 10 days, however some patients are now having to appear before the tribunal up to 8 times. Darren Carr from the Mental Health Council said the new act provided better patient monitoring, gives more powers and more rights to patients. more...
November 2, 2014
AAP via 9news
Mental illness increases risk of heart disease and stroke
Canadian researchers found chance of heart disease or stroke doubled if patient ever had schizophrenia / depression / anxiety / bipolar. more...