News Archive 2015

The Huffington Post Australia31 Dec, 2015
Natasha Tracy

Mental Illness and Avoiding Relapse Over the Holidays

Handling the holidays for many is tough, but people with a mental illness have to worry about a mental illness relapse over the holidays, too. more...


Medical press logo Dec 16, 2015

Mitochondria, an exciting new target for the treatment of anxiety disorders

In their latest study, scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry in Munich have shown for the first time that manipulation of mitochondria exerts anxiolytic effects. more...


ABC logo14 Dec, 2015
Fiona Pepper

Study finds climate change triggers mental health problems for farmers

A study has found that farmers' mental health is being negatively impacted as weather patterns become more erratic and unpredictable. more...


Port macquarie news logoDec 9, 2015
Paul Jobber

Endeavour Clubhouse officially opens in Port Macquarie

The clubhouse is the initiative of the local community and follows international, evidence-based models for mental health recovery and to increase the social inclusiveness and participation of members. more..


SBS logo

1 Dec 2015

 

Fears for future of multicultural mental health service

Consumers and carers advising a national multicultural mental health service say they've been sidelined by a new federal service provider. more...


 International business times logo
December 01, 2015
Darwin Malicdem

Mental Health Blueprint: Promoting technology to close treatment gap for mental issues in Australia

The Turnbull government has recently announced its support for the innovative digital mental health technologies under Australia’s new Mental Health Blueprint. more...


 

Australian Journal of PharmacyAustralian Journal of Pharmacy
November 3, 2015
Megan Haggan

New atypical antipsychotic for schizophrenia has ‘negligible’ weight effect

Prof David Castle from Melbourne says one of the challenges that clinicians face in treating schizophrenia with medication is unwanted weight gain and changes in metabolic profile. “The implications of excessive weight gain mustn’t be overlooked. Treating the mind should not be at the expense of the body.” Latuda (lurasidone HCl) will be avail on PBS from 1 Nov.  more...


Columbia University Medical CentreNovember 6, 2015
CUMC Newsroom


New study identifies better option for some people with treatment-resistant schizophrenia

Patients who don't respond to standard antipsychotic medications for schizophrenia  have better outcomes if they begin taking the drug clozapine, an atypical antipsychotic drug, instead of moving on to another standard antipsychotic, says new study.more...


MNT logoMedical News Today
November 7, 2015


Antipsychotic drugs linked to brain tissue loss in patients with schizophrenia

University of Brescia (Italy) study found that the long-term use of first-generation antipsychotics was associated with greater progressive loss of gray matter, while the use of second-generation medications "did not correlate with GM [gray matter] volume changes over time and was not associated with cortical tissue loss." more...


Schizophrenia research institute logo

November 9, 2015 
Inika Gillis

Clinical trial: Neurocognitive markers of affective and psychotic disorders

Many people experience a combination of psychotic and mood symptoms that change over time, and often do not fit neatly into the diagnostic categories of ‘schizophrenia’ or ‘bipolar disorder’. more...


  NSW-Nurses-Midwives-Assoc

9th November 2015

Acute inpatient mental health services neglected in Western Sydney.

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has spoken out about a growing level of neglect towards the provision of acute inpatient mental health services in Western Sydney. more...


BBC news logo Jonathan Webb
17 November 2015

 

Frontal brain wrinkle linked to hallucinations

A study of 153 brain scans has linked a particular furrow, near the front of each hemisphere, to hallucinations in schizophrenia. more...


News medical logoNovember 17, 2015

 

Structural differences in key brain region linked to hallucinations in people diagnosed with schizophrenia

The study found that reductions in the length of the paracingulate sulcus (PCS), a fold towards the front of the brain, were associated with increased risk of hallucinations in people diagnosed with schizophrenia. more...


news.com.auNovember 17, 2015
Emily Moulton

NSW paramedics claim safety is at risk because police refuse to escort mental health patients

According to figures from NSW Ambulance, paramedics were assaulted 174 times last year - 32% by patients with MH issues. more...


smh-com-au.jpgNovember 18, 2015 
Matt Sanders


Australia has a once-in-a-generation chance to tackle mental illness

The second Australian Child and Adolescent Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing presents an at-times difficult snapshot of the mental health of Australian families. more...


MoodMaths logo PhysOrg logo

November 18, 2015
Stuart Gillespie, Oxford Science Blog

Using 'mood maths' to understand more about bipolar disorder

Study published: "mood maths" – using mathematical modelling to tell us more about the variation in mood experienced by people with bipolar disorder. more...


Medical press logoNovember 20, 2015


Researchers identify molecular link between schizophrenia and diabetes risk

UMass Medical School research team found that a shared gene (or genes) may underlie the co-occurrence of both diseases. more..


Time logoNovember 23, 2015
Marjorie S. Rosenthal

Why We Need to Talk About Alzheimer’s

We must have conversations about end-of-life care before it's too late.  more...


PennStateHersheyMedicalCentreNovember 24, 2015

Omega-3 and Bipolar Disorder

People with bipolar disorder have lower levels of certain omega-3 fatty acids that cross the blood-brain barrier. more...


The Age Comment logoNovember 30, 2015
Patrick McGorry

Patrick McGorry: mental health care to get fresh thinking

In announcing a new direction in treatment, the government has identified prevention and early intervention as the key goals of mental health care. more..


 The IrrigatorNov 30, 2015
Talia Pattison

Right tools in place

Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW regional manager Michele Saffery was on hand at the forum in Leeton last week for Leeton Shire Council. more...


ABC-612-BrisbanePhilippa HarrisOctober 14, 2015
Michael Clarke

Mental Health Worker Receives Queensland Honour

Mental health worker and advocate Philippa Harris has been named in the list for the 2015 Queensland Australian Senior of the Year. more...


ABC logoOctober 14, 2015
Michael Clarke


Mental Health Worker Receives Queensland Honour

Mental health worker and advocate Philippa Harris has been named in the list for the 2015 Queensland Australian Senior of the Year. more...


MIT-Technology-ReviewOctober 12, 2015

How Your Smartphone Can Detect Bipolar Disorder

The sensors in smartphones can accurately detect the changes in mood that are indicative of bipolar disorder, according to a new study. That could lead to faster treatment and better outcomes for sufferers. more...

Smartphones in Mental Health: Detecting Depressive and Manic Episodes. abstract...


The-Guardianmicroglial-activityOctober 16, 2015
Mo Costandi

Brain’s immune cells hyperactive in schizophrenia

MRC Clinical Sciences Centre (London) research published today in the American Journal of Psychiatry, suggests that inflammatory processes play an important role in the development of the disease, and raise the possibility that it could be treated with drugs that block or reduce this cellular response. more...


Psychiatry UpdateSad-woman-PsychiatryUpdate-16oct2015October 16, 2015
Rachel Worsley

NDIS failing patients with mental illness: RANZCP

Thousands of patients with severe mental illness may be missing out on care from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) due to confusion around eligibility, according to RANZCP.  more...


The-AustralianNDIS-NSW-housing-TheAustralian-17oct2015October 17, 2015
Rick Morton

NDIS: NSW starts early to build housing stockpile.

Disabled people living in part of NSW will have access to an early version of housing support worth millions of dollars after the state government decided it would not and could not wait for the $22 billion National Disability Insurance Scheme to get its act together on the issue.  more...


Sydney Morning HeraldRoyalFlyingDoc-SMH-18Oct2015October 18, 2015
Julie Power

Royal Flying Doctor Service takes mental health programs to the most remote areas

Mental health nurse Glynis Thorp, flies with the Royal Flying Doctor Service and is part of a new push to help address the increasing demand for the need to supply mental health counseling services to the remote areas of Australia. more...


NT-NewsOctober 19, 2015
AAP

Mental health data needed to drive reform

Australia's progress in mental health reform could be much more effectively monitored through just 12 indicators, instead of the hundreds currently used, experts say. more...


  ABC logoOctober 19, 2015

Concerns about privatisation of disability services under NDIS

Dept of Ageing Disability and Home Care will close in 2018 when services are moved to the private sector under NDIS. The Public Service Association says the department's regional office in Bathurst and surrounding services provide a critical role in the region.

Spokesman Steve Turner said he did not believe non-government organisations would have the same capacity. "There's not only the Bathurst regional office but there's group homes looking after people there's the occupational therapy, there's the therapists who come and help people, there's many people working in many services looking after all those areas," Mr Turner said. "That's what's got to be replicated and we don't think it can be." more...


 ABC logoOctober 22, 2015
 Eleanor Hall

Mental health expert says mental health profession lags behind community in attitude towards patients.

Prof Mike Slade from Kings College London, was commissioned by the Australian mental health supporters organisation, MI Fellowship (SFNSW is a member), to report on the recovery journey of people with a mental illness. more...

 "... internationally, there's a move towards having what's called a "peer worker role"; so that's someone with personal experience of mental illness and recovery working in the mental health system alongside psychiatry, psychology, nursing and other health professional colleagues." Prof Slade says.


October 25, 2015Sydney Morning Herald
Colleen Ricci

Resilience classes aim to improve mental health of a generation

The capacity to thrive in the face of adversity is at the heart of resilience and educators hope teaching students to bounce back will help the mental health of tomorrow's adults. more...


Psych Central logoOctober 25, 2015
Jane Collingwood

The Effectiveness of Talk Therapies for Bipolar Disorder

Swartz concludes, “Psychotherapy, when added to medication for the treatment of bipolar disorder, consistently shows advantages over medication alone...Those who receive bipolar disorder-specific psychotherapy fare better than those who do not, whether it is delivered in a group or individual format". more...


  October 23, 2015Medpage Today

Comprehensive Tx Works Best in Early Schizophrenia

Trial shows patients did better when treatment included a large dose of psychotherapy. more..


Sydney Morning HeraldOctober 25, 2015
Rachel Browne

Low funding rate threatens success of NDIS

Disability support groups say the low funding rate for providing care threaten the success of the NDIS, claiming the $41 hourly rate on offer will barely cover costs and result in fewer services and less qualified workers. more...


Pharmacy-TimesSeptember 20, 2015
Krystle Vermes

Clozapine Dispensing Requirements Changed

FDA changing dispensing requirements for schizophrenia drug clozapine due to safety concerns about severe neutropenia. more...


TechTimesSeptember 19, 2015
Julienne Roman

FDA approves Allergan Drug Vraylar (cariprazine)

to treat manic or mixed episodes of bipolar 1 and schizophrenia mental disorders in adults. more...


news.com.auaropax linked to suicide and self-harm - news.com.au-17.sep.2015

September 17, 2015
Sue Dunlevy

mental health pill linked to suicide

Australian review of anti-depressant Paxil / Aropax / Seroxat links it to suicidal and self-harming behaviour. more...


Huffington PostSeptember 18, 2015
Wendy K. Williamson

Sleep: The Other Half of Bipolar Medication

Why Sleep Is Even More Essential For People With Bipolar Disorder. Sleep problems are a common signal a manic period is about to occur. more...


The-AustralianSeptember 16, 2015
Rick Morton

Malcolm Turnbull signs NDIS agreements for Victoria and NSW

In his first major act as Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has signed the first two agreements for the full rollout of the $22 billion national disability insurance scheme in Victoria and NSW.  more...


Patrick McGorryThe-Age-VictoriaSeptember 16, 2015   Bianca Hall

Aust in middle of "mental health crisis" Patrick McGorry says

with unnecessary deaths escalating. Suicide is the leading cause of death in 15-44yo with almost 7 people taking their life every day. more...


WebMDSeptember 15, 2015
Randy Dotinga (HealthDay News)

Brain Scans May Take Guesswork Out of Schizophrenia Treatment

A brain scan might someday determine which antipsychotic drugs work best for patients with schizophrenia or bipolar. more...
Study published Aug 28, 2015, American Journal of Psychiatry online


Highlights4Hope-IllawarraMercury-14sep2015IllawarraMercury September 14, 2015   Greg Ellis

Models raise $40,000 to help mental health

Highlights for Health Illawarra Top Model Competition has already raised $40,000 for Wollongong's Light & Hope Mental Health Clubhouse. 12 finalists each raised over $500 each.  The inaugural competition attracted over 50 eligible competitors from 150 entries. more...


The Age Editorial

Buddy-Franklin-HeraldSun-11sep2015

September 12, 2015
The Age Editorial

 

Buddy Franklin's role in the never-ending battle against mental illness.

Jeff Kennett says by going public, Franklin will save lives. more...


 

The Star - Newcastle

September 06, 2015
Amy Ellis Nutt The Washington Post

Saliva test to diagnose schizophrenia?

2 studies published in the Schizophrenia Bulletin say specific types of oral bacteria, Lactobacillus, could offer a new schizophrenia diagnosis tool as simple as a saliva sample. more...


Nic Newling tattoo - face of brother ChristopherNewsLocalSeptember 6, 2015
James Taylor - Southern Courier

Personal struggle of loudest voice on youth mental health and suicide prevention in eastern suburbs

Nic Newling was already struggling with crippling bipolar when his 18yo brother Christopher took his own life.  That was 13 years ago and since then Nic has become a loud voice for suicide prevention wherever someone will let him speak.  more...


The Canberra TimesSeptember 6, 2015
Clare Sibthorpe

Calls to fund new Canberra mental health and homelessness accommodation

In ACT, around 8000 people have a severe mental disorder, according to the Australian Bureau of statistics. The region had nearly 2000 homeless people on a single night in 2011, 85 per cent of which have at least one mental illness.  more...


MedscapeSeptember 02, 2015
Pam Harrison

Oxytocin Shows No Effect in Schizophrenia

Two small studies failed to detect any functional improvement from the use of intranasal oxytocin (multiple brands) in patients with schizophrenia, even when coupled with social skills training. more...


Sydney Morning HeraldAugust 30, 2015
Colleen Ricci

Teenage depression and suicide rates make mental health an education issue

Adolescence is a key time for mental health issues to emerge, just as young people are entering some of the most crucial years of education, but teachers often don't have time or training to deal with these problems. more...


The ConversationAugust 27, 2015
by David Gilchrist - Director: Curtin NFP Initiative

Let’s keep the NDIS but slow down its roll-out

2 years in, it may be time to step back & regroup....it’s time to focus on a realistic implementation plan, both in terms of required resources and the time frame for rolling it out. more...


Psychology-TodayAugust 27, 2015
Jennifer Golbeck Ph.D.

Can a Computer Detect Schizophrenia Better Than a Therapist?

Critical cues that an algorithm just can't miss. more...

Study published in nature.com  "Automated analysis of free speech predicts psychosis onset in high-risk youths"


Cosmos logo24 Aug, 2015
Viviane Richter

Can fish oil prevent schizophrenia?

Could schizophrenia be nipped in the bud? Yes, according to a seven-year study by Paul Amminger and colleagues at the University of Melbourne. Psychiatrist Vaughan Carr, chief of Sydney’s Schizophrenia Research Institute, calls the work “extraordinary”. But adds, “I’d like to see someone independently replicate it”. more...


Herald SunNSW Police MHIT - The Sunday Telegraph - 23 Aug 2015 - Photo Tim HunterAugust 23, 2015
Ben Pike The Sunday Telegraph

Plan for nurses to back up cops in mental health incidents on the frontline

A trained mental health nurse would ride along with police to every mental health-related incident under a plan being proposed by NSW Police. It would see a highly trained clinician attached to each of the state’s 76 local area commands where they would attend jobs where mental illness was believed to be a factor.  more...


Central Western DailyVictoria Lovecchio - Central Western Daily - 21 aug 2015 - Photo Jude KeoghAugust 22, 2015
Janice Harris

Early intervention the key to dealing with children's mental health issues

"... having the child and adolescent mental health unit within the Orange hospital adjacent to the paediatric unit, and not at Bloomfield, was an indication of the approach now taken by health professions in treating children with a mental illness - either a one-off short-term episode or ongoing issues" more...


MedicalXpressAugust 19, 2015

Researchers team up to build new schizophrenia collections

The goal is to collect 50000 samples from patients worldwide. The collection aims to address the current lack of suitable sample collections in the field of psychiatric genetic research.  more...


PsychiatryAdvisorEye - Psychiatry Advisor - 20 aug 2015August 20, 2015
Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Structural Changes in Eye May Predict Schizophrenia

Monitoring changes in the eye's retina may provide a way to assess the risk for and progression of schizophrenia.  more...  Study published


NDTV GadgetsSuperSmartMice-NDTV-17aug2015August 17, 2015
Leeds Uni, School of Biomedical Sciences

'Super-Smart Mice' May Help Cure Alzheimer's Disease, Schizophrenia

Scientists have created intelligent and bold mice by altering a single gene, an advance that may pave the way for new treatments for brain disorders such as Alzheimer's, schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  more...   Study published Neuropsychopharmacology Journal 14 Aug 2015


Curtin Uni Lecturer - Lyn Mahboub - Community Newspaper Group - 18 aug 2015communitynews-com-auAugust 18, 2015
Sarah Waters

Fresh understanding of hearing voices

Consumer Academic and lecturer at Curtin University Lyn Mahboub says hearing voices is a common human experience that is not always linked to a mental health disorder. “The first bit of research done by Professor Marius Romme found there were a range of people who heard voices who lived well in the community and didn’t have any distressing or mental health experiences,” she said.  more...


Prof Kevin Fox - Cardiff Uni Neuroscience - The Conversation UK - 16 aug 2015The Conversation UKAugust 17, 2015
Prof Kevin Fox Cardiff Uni

Our ‘Rosetta Stone’ gene could unlock the secrets of schizophrenia

"... one specific gene may allow us to decode the function of all genes involved in the disease. This “Rosetta Stone” gene has revealed a period early in the brain’s development when treatments may be most effective in preventing schizophrenia manifesting in the first place" more...


The-Straits-TimesAugust 7, 2015
CHANG-AI-LIEN

Tender loving care is the best treatment for schizophrenia

Studies have shown that patients in many developing countries - seem to fare better than their Western counterparts in terms of social impairment and duration of active psychotic symptoms. For most diseases, the richer and more developed the country, the better the patient outcome. With schizophrenia, it is postulated that the different social-cultural milieu in developing countries with its greater dependence on family members for care and support, plus a more accepting community, is making the difference. more...


730Report-ChildrenSeekingMentalHealthSupport-7Aug2015
August 7, 2015     Tracy Bowden - 7:30 Report

Children seeking mental health support's doubled since 1998 but can technology help?

Report shows "young people are reaching out online. It's non-stigmatising, it's available 24/7"... "For the first time the technologies allow us to reach our most vulnerable young people, they allow us to reach those people who live in rural, regional and remote communities and they really provide more than just information, this is about plugging the technologies into a service offering that supports face-to-face services." says CEO of the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre, Jane Burns.  more...


ProBonoNews.pngMonashUni-5pt2M-donation-ProBonoNews-7Aug2015August 7, 2015
ProBono News

$5.2 Million Donation to Monash Uni Boosts Mental Health Research

The estate of Melbourne stockbroker, David Winston Turner, has given $5.2 million to Monash University, the largest ever donation to the institution, to support mental health research. more...


Medical-Dailyurine-testAugust 6, 2015
Ali Venosa

A Simple Urine Test May Spot The Differences Between Bipolar Disorder And Depression

Study found that 20 differential metabolites were responsible for discriminating bipolar disorder from MDD subjects. Bipolar disorder patients had higher levels of these metabolites, 14 of which were “significantly changed.” more...


MedicalXpressAugust 6, 2015
pub JAMA Psychiatry

Siblings of children with schizophrenia show resilience to the condition as they grow up

The siblings without childhood-onset schizophrenia (COS) showed similar delays in brain connectivity while growing up, but these connections tended to normalise or 'catch up' to those of normally developing adolescents. more...


PsychCentralAugust 5, 2015
Janice Wood

Brain Training App Improves Memory of People With Schizophrenia

A new brain training iPad game developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge may improve the memory of patients with schizophrenia, according to new research. more... 


news.com.auAugust 5, 2015Prof-Fels- Photo-NewsCorpAustralia

Money spent on mental health care in Australia goes to income support and prisons

Prof Fels says "87.5 per cent of the money spent on mental health went on income support, crisis care and prisons. Instead, the money should be going towards programs that make the mentally ill better and get them back to leading productive lives". By making an economic case for mental health reform, Fels is hoping to overcome political disinterest in the area.  more...


Mad Hatters Pics - 17 Jul 2015 Pics from the Mad Hatters Tea Party in Leumeah on Fri 17 Jul 2015

  

  

  


Open Joint Letter to Prime Minister and First Ministers on mental health reform

16 July 2015 MHA

The mental health sector is calling for urgent action on reforms COAG agreed to in 2012. This includes the adoption of clear targets and indicators for improving mental health outcomes as well as a fully developed and funded national agreement on mental health reform. The letter has been signed by 91 organisations across the mental health sector and beyond. more...


ABC NewsJuly 13, 2015
Kathy McLeish

Qld inquiry into closure of residential mental health facility for teens

A commission of inquiry will investigate the closure of Barrett Adolescent Centre by the previous Qld govt and subsequent deaths of 3 high-risk teenagers. more...


ABC Radio NationalJeremy Oxley and Mary Griffiths - ABC-RN - 12 Jul 2015July 12, 2015
Lynne Malcolm

Love, rock 'n' roll, and 'the S word'

Jeremy Oxley fronted the Australia 80s cult rock ‘n' roll band Sunnyboys until his erratic behaviour led to its demise. After years of battling with schizophrenia he met his love, Mary Griffiths, who saved him from a life of destruction. more...


Mad in AmericaJuly 4, 2015
MAD summary
pub Journal of Affective Disorders

Antidepressants Worsen Rapid Cycling in Bipolar Depression

SSRI antidepressant medications contribute to a significant worsening of emotional "rapid cycling" in patients diagnosed with bipolar disorder, according to a study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders. The authors described the study as the first-ever randomized clinical trial to test whether the finding from previous observational studies was true, and stated that the study clarified the "lack of safety" of antidepressants for some people with bipolar. more...


growing concerns of a link between quit-smoking drug Champix and mental health problems 

Queensland coroner will review all suicide deaths of people who used the quit-smoking drug Champix, amid growing concerns of a link between the drug and mental health problems.  more...


ABC NewsJuly 2, 2015
Sophie Scott

Mental health patients in rural and regional areas could wait months to see psychologists

because of problems with the Government's new Primary Health Networks (PHNs), former employees claim. Staff have not been able to make appointments for patients or take referrals because contracts that expired at the end of June have not been re-signed. The Federal Government dismantled 61 Medicare Locals and replaced them with 31 new PHNs at a cost of nearly $900 million. more...


Northwestern UniversityJuly 1, 2015
Marla Paul

Virtual Training helps Vets with PTSD and mentally ill find jobs

by enabling them to practice job interview skills with a virtual human using software originally developed for FBI training. more...


NDIS Kicks Off - 1 July 2015
July 1, 2015     NDIS Kicks Off!

NDIS opened its doors in Western Sydney as NSW commenced the full rollout of the NDIS. Thousands of people came together to celebrate at the Every Australia Counts kick off event.  NSW is the first state to move beyond an NDIS trial site.  more...


 

LABOR MEDIA RELEASE
June 22, 2015
Senator Jan McLucas

Mental health reform must be inclusive

"An Expert Reference Group has been appointed to advise the Government on reforming the mental health system. But stakeholders are troubled that the reference group excludes the voice of consumers’ and carers’ groups, including from the non-government sector generally responsible for the delivery of services to people living with mental illness, their carers and families".  more...


 

Pharmaceutical ProcessingJune 22, 2015
Pharmaceutical Processing

Adults with schizophrenia frustrated by tradeoffs in symptoms and side effects

... which can lead to up to 45% non-compliance. Living with Schizophrenia survey 7 results suggest that all groups are looking for schizophrenia treatment options that offer patients greater balance in efficacy and tolerability.  more...


 

9 NEWS.com.auJune 18, 2015
AAP

Mental health task force's reform goal

The federal government has set up the new Expert Reference Group to try to overhaul our ailing mental health system. more...


 

SMH - Troy Luff - 17 June 2015smh.com.au

June 17, 2015
Miki Perkins

Troy Luff tackles stigma of mental illness, a real killer for men

Former Sydney Swans AFL footballer Troy Luff is speaking out about depression & anxiety following his own struggles.  A new research project funded by BeyondBlue will encourage thousands of Australian men – including Aussie rules footballers, refugees, fly-in-fly-out workers and farmers – to consider the stigma that surrounds divulging their mental health issues. more...


 

Daily Telegraph - Former Hornsby MP Judy Hopwood - homelessness - 3 Jun 2015
Daily Telegraph 
June 3, 2015

Homeless people being housed in Hornsby

At least 12 homeless people in Hornsby have been housed since last June, thanks to State Govt agencies cooperating. Former Hornsby MP and long-time Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW Board Member Judy Hopwood speaks about mental health and homelessness. more...


 

The GuardianJune 12, 2015
Denis Campbell

(UK) A&E staff attitudes to patients in mental health crisis ‘often shocking’

Care Quality Commission says failings in NHS response can result in the most vulnerable people being abandoned. A&E staff are often unsympathetic to patients suffering a mental health crisis and judgmental about injuries they have inflicted on themselves, the NHS watchdog has said in a report.  Unhelpful attitudes among doctors and nurses towards people having delusions or panic attacks or contemplating suicide compounds their mental distress, CQC found.  more...


 

ABC NewsJune 12, 2015
Emily Laurence

Youth worker stabbing case raises concerns over Illawarra mental health services

Illawarra mental health system is under fire over revelations a teenager accused of stabbing a youth worker was repeatedly turned away in the days leading up to the incident.  more...


 

ABC NewsJune 11, 2015
Bridget Brennan, The World Today

ADF to provide anonymous online self-screening tool in mental health overhaul

The Department of Defence said new screening programs will be rolled out this year.  Dr Miranda Van Hooff from the University of Adelaide's Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies helped to deliver a major report to the ADF in 2011.  She said 22% of the 24,000 personnel who responded to the survey had suffered from depression, anxiety or PTSD, and a large portion had not been deployed. more...


 

The GuardianJune 11, 2015
Melissa Davey

Service for young people with dementia 'threatened' by national disability scheme

Alzheimer’s Australia says the National Disability Insurance Scheme would not be able to cope with the 25,100 people under 65 with dementia currently serviced by the specialised program.  more...


 

PsychCentralJune 2, 2015

Teen Brain Matures Differently in Bipolar Disorder

A new imaging study shows that for adolescents with bipolar disorder, key areas of the brain that help regulate emotions develop differently.  more...


 

Time Health Neuroscience June 2, 2015
Alice Park

Go to Sleep: It May Be the Best Way to Avoid Getting Alzheimer’s

Poor sleep may be contributing to the buildup of the brain plaques that drive the disease. Doctors studying Alzheimer’s disease have known for a while now that their patients are poor sleepers. But does the disease result in disrupted sleep, or do unhealthy sleep habits contribute to the disease.  more...


 

JusticeAction Justice Action Report

10th National Seclusion and Restraint Reduction Forum May 2015

NMHC launched its position paper “A case for change” which featured consumer workers, however it avoided the forced medication issue. It acknowledged the use of force as “a failure of care.” The direct voices of those suffering seclusion and restraint were absent from the Forum.  more...


 

ABC NewsMay 25, 2015
Katherine Gregory

Online chat rooms could be future of remote mental health, experts says

Online treatment programs are being flagged as a solution to the high rates of suicide in remote and rural Australia. Mental health experts say people living in remote, regional and rural parts of Australia are more vulnerable to mental health problems.  more...


 

Daily TelegraphMay 24, 2015
Yoni Bashan

Suicide is an ‘unacceptable’ choice, mental health campaigner Professor Ian Hickie says

"... society had come to condone suicide as an individual’s right rather than an act which had consequences. We’ve got to find a new way to retain empathy for the individual but make it clear it’s entirely unacceptable because of the great harm it causes families and communities”   more...


 

The ConversationPatrick McGorryMay12, 2015
Pat McGorry

Mental health care spending saves money, and that’s worth investing in

Current under-investment in mental health care is also creating huge new costs in welfare payments and in incarceration... This all means that the best allies for the millions of Australians with mental ill health and poor access to quality care are increasingly economists rather than health professionals. more...


 

ABC NewsMay 10, 2015
Katherine Gregory

Australia lagging on funding for mental health services, says Mental Illness Fellowship

About 230,000 Australians are thought to have schizophrenia but the nation spends far less of its health budget on mental illnesses than other developed nations, say health experts.  more...


 

brisbanetimes.com.auApril 20, 2015
Natalie Bochenski

Mental health costs Australian business $11billion: Conference

Finding ways of reducing stressors in the workplace that negatively impact mental health is not just good for employees – it's good for business. A WHS conference in Brisbane this week will hear that 1 in 6 working-aged Australians is living with a mental illness. more...


 

The Age EditorialApril 19, 2015
The Age Editorial:

Government must not delay on mental health.

...a comprehensive independent report has found Australia's mental health system is fundamentally failing, with billions of taxpayers' dollars being poorly spent in an uncoordinated system that focuses too much on emergency, hospital-based responses rather than on prevention and support. more...


 

Sydney Morning HeraldMonash doctors - transcranial magnetic stimulation - SMH 19 April 2015April 19, Julia Medew

Monash doctors trial transcranial magnetic stimulation on 40 teenagers with severe depression

in the hope it will treat their illness and improve their cognitive function - a world first trial. more...


 

National Mental Health Commissioner Prof Ian Hickie - ABC Lateline 16 April  2015
April 16, 2015    Lateline

Abbott urged to back Mental Health Report

National Mental Health Commissioner Prof Ian Hickie says "You need acute hospitals, you need step-down care, you need community residences, you need effective support for families who can be treated at home." more...

 


 

ABC NewsRob-Ramjan-CEO-SFNSWApril 16, 2015

Schizophrenia Fellowship CEO says Australia spending half of what it should be on mental health

Rob Ramjan says "mental illness makes up around 16% of the total health cost, but Australia spends around 7%"... "This is probably the most uncertain time that we've ever had when it comes to the policy, the directions in relation to mental health services." more... 


 

Health Minister BannerHealth Minister Sussan Ley - official photoApril 16, 2015

Health Minister Sussan Ley: MEDIA RELEASE

Abbott Government plans national approach on Mental Health. Link to media release...
 


 

ABC NewsApril 14, 2015
Sabra Lane and Lucy Barbour

Leaked Federal Government mental health report recommends redirecting $1 billion from acute hospital care to community-based services

ABC's 7.30 program has obtained part of the review, which says the current system is poorly planned and integrated and is a "massive drain on people's wellbeing". more...


 

Latin PostNorthwestern University Feinberg School of MedicineApril 11, 2015
Nicole Akoukou Thompson

Northwestern University Develops Twelve Mobile Apps to Help Sufferers of Anxiety Disorders and Depression

The mental health apps were designed to provide developers with insights as users receive recommendations and assistance. The 12 apps will be  Android only, with no present plans for an iOS version. Funded by $2.5M grant from the National Institute of Mental Health  more... 


 

Navy Top Brass at Senate Estimates Committee Hearing - Source News Ltd - 10Apr2015news.com.auApril 10, 2015
Ian McPhedran
Photo: News Limited

$140M and a raft of initiatives to confront military mental health disorders

News this week that up to five navy sailors from the HMAS Stirling base near Perth had committed suicide - including several after earlier attempts - highlights the difficulties faced by the top brass as they try to manage mental health issues in the forces. more...


 

MedscapeApril 10, 2015
Daniel M Keller PhD

Anti-inflammatories May Cut Negative Symptoms of Schizophrenia

Vienna, Austria: Off-target actions of currently approved drugs have shown benefit on some symptoms of schizophrenia, a new research suggests. more...


 

Canberra TimesApril 8, 2015
Tom McIlroy

ACT Health confirms death in Canberra Hospital mental health unit, suspected suicide

The ACT Coroner will investigate the first death recorded inside the Canberra Hospital's specialist mental health assessment unit. A female patient is suspected to have taken her own life inside the secure psychiatric assessment and observation facility on March 20. more...


 

Health Minister Sussan LeySydney Morning HeraldApr 3, 2015
Amy Corderoy

Mental health groups relieved after last-minute funding reprieve from Health Minister Sussan Ley

After the minister made the announcement on Thursday afternoon there was some confusion among mental health groups about exactly which organisations would be funded, however all welcomed the news ... Ms Ley said the 12-month extension would allow frontline services to be delivered while the review continued. more... 


 

PR NewswireJAMA PsychiatryMarch 29, 2015
JAMA Psychiatry

Three-Month Paliperidone Palmitate

In Phase 3 clinical trial of patients with schizophrenia, the drug demonstrated a statistically significant difference in delaying relapse time, meaning only 4 injections pa.  more...
Link to Clinical Trial Abstract:...


 

Medical-DailyMar 27, 2015
Stephanie Castillo

Researchers want to rename schizophrenia, help lessen mental health stigma

New study published in Schizophrenia Research finds renaming schizophrenia would “reduce stigma and benefit communication between clinicians, patients, and families.”  more... 


 

ABC News24 Mar 2015
ABC News

Calls for mental health funding model to be changed

The Hunter Institute of Mental Health says staff are getting 'contract weary' chasing money and the sector needs a much longer term funding model.  They are asking for a bi-partisan 10-year commitment to mental health.   more... 


 

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Open Letter to PM Tony Abbott signed by 72 Mental Health Organisations 23 Mar

"We, the undersigned, are writing to implore the Australian Government to take urgent action to ensure continuity of services and programs for Australians who live with mental illness, and those who care for them.

Right now, hundreds of contracts for community based mental health services and programs funded by the Department of Health are due to end 30 June 2015..."  download the PDF... (PDF 2.7MB
 or read the entire letter online...


 

SBS logo24 Mar 2015
SBS News

Mental health groups plead with Abbott amid funding uncertainty

Australia's top mental health groups say a funding crisis is forcing services to wind down and staff to quit.  more...


 

SBS logoTonyAbbott-SBS-25Feb201521 Apr 2011
SBS News

Abbott unveils mental health plan prior to 2011 election

Reminder of Coalition's 2011 commitment to increase spending by more than $300M on helping the mentally ill.  This initial commitment increased to $430M, boosting dedicated funding to almost $2 billion just before the 2011 election plus $40M for a national mental health research centre.  more...


 

Alzheimer's breakthrough ultrasound treatment

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ABC-NewcastleMarch 18, 2015
Robert VirtueNewcastle-ArtsInRecovery-5thYr-ABC

Using art to overcome mental illness

Arts in Recovery (AIR) runs art workshops in Newcastle for those recovering from a mental illness. The 'Bounceback' exhibition, in it's 5th year, showcases their expressive artworks.  more... 


 

TheUniversityOfQueenslandUQ-ProfJürgenGötz-QldPremier-AnnastaciaPalaszczukMarch 12, 2015
UQ News

Alzheimer’s breakthrough uses ultrasound technology

UQ Queensland Brain Institute researchers discovered that the innovative drug-free approach breaks apart the neurotoxic amyloid plaques that result in memory loss and cognitive decline.  more... 


 

The-Lancet-PsychiatryMarch 10, 2015
Durham Uni UK

Experiences of hearing voices

Auditory hallucinations are a common feature of many psychiatric disorders, not schizophrenia only,  and are also experienced by individuals with no psychiatric history. more... 


ABC News

 

ABC: Hunter Primary School - 9 Mar 2015March 9, 2015

Mental health program launched at Hunter school

The principal at a Hunter Valley primary school says it is vital schools are pro-active in addressing mental health issues for the benefit of the both the school and the student.  more...


 

Sydney Morning HeraldMarch 9, 2015
Amy Corderoy

Mental health funding crisis

25% NSW psychiatrists in the public system considering leaving the public system this year because of "grossly inadequate" resources and low morale... amid allegations that some local health authorities are systematically siphoning off mental health resources and refusing to fill key clinical positions so money can be diverted to other areas.  more...


 

 

Environmental risk factors in schizophrenia


 

TheUniversityOfQueenslandFebruary 26, 2015
UQ News
DrTimBredy-University-of-Qld

Hidden gene gives hopes for improving brain function

UQ Queensland Brain Institute researcher Dr Timothy Bredy says Gomafu, a gene recently associated with schizophrenia, may be key to understanding both schizophrenia and anxiety.  more... 


 

World PsychiatryFebruary 2015
Vol 14, Issue 1,  pg 94–96

Recovery, Not Progressive Deterioration, Should Be the Expectation in Schizophrenia

Two Canadian psychiatrists argue that the body of scientific evidence about schizophrenia shows that it is not a progressive illness and therefore we should have much higher expectations of full recoveries than we do.  full transcript...


 

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... 


 

Sydney Morning HeraldFebruary 18, 2015
Melanie Kembrey

Medical clinics promoting experimental ketamine injections directly to public as a treatment for severe depression.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration has clinically approved the use of ketamine as an anaesthetic and for pain control but not for treating depression, except in the context of a clinical trial.  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... 


 

news.com.auFebruary 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...


 

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... 


 

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...


 

The ConversationJanuary 29, 2015
Prof Barbara Sahakian

Mental health is global – neuroscience can cross international boundaries

Neuroscience holds the key to understanding the brain – and to developing more effective mental health treatments.   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...


 

NSW Government HealthJai Rowell NSW Minister for Mental HealthJanuary 20, 2015
NSW Government

$1.8M for personality disorders program

NSW Minister for Mental Health Jai Rowell announces $1.8 Million expansion of pioneering mental health training and treatment program aimed at helping those living with complex personality disorders.  Media Release PDF


 

Quest NewsLogan Indoor Soccer - Quest News - photo by Richard Walker-  13 Jan 2015January 13, 2015
Tom Boswell
photo: Richard Walker

Social indoor soccer program connects residents in Logan

A Logan community group runs social indoor soccer to connect residents and support those with mental health issues.  more...


 

ABC AMJanuary 12, 2015
AM ABC Radio

2015 a 'litmus test' for Abbott Govt on mental health

Former Labor MH policy advisor, John Mendoza, says it's time for Abbott Govt to deliver on it's election promises in mental health.  more...

 



 


National Mental Health Commission logo

NMHC Update logo

 
November 26, 2015

Giant steps towards building the mental wealth of the nation

The National Mental Health Commission today welcomed the Federal Government's announcement on mental health reform as "a major step forward in enabling people to lead more contributing lives and for Australia to grow thriving communities." more...


news.com.auFebruary 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...


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... 


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...


The ConversationJanuary 29, 2015
Prof Barbara Sahakian

Mental health is global – neuroscience can cross international boundaries

Neuroscience holds the key to understanding the brain – and to developing more effective mental health treatments.   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...


NSW Government HealthJai Rowell NSW Minister for Mental HealthJanuary 20, 2015
NSW Government

$1.8M for personality disorders program

NSW Minister for Mental Health Jai Rowell announces $1.8 Million expansion of pioneering mental health training and treatment program aimed at helping those living with complex personality disorders.  Media Release PDF


Quest NewsLogan Indoor Soccer - Quest News - photo by Richard Walker-  13 Jan 2015January 13, 2015
Tom Boswell
photo: Richard Walker

Social indoor soccer program connects residents in Logan

A Logan community group runs social indoor soccer to connect residents and support those with mental health issues.  more...


ABC AMJanuary 12, 2015
AM ABC Radio

2015 a 'litmus test' for Abbott Govt on mental health

Former Labor MH policy advisor, John Mendoza, says it's time for Abbott Govt to deliver on it's election promises in mental health.  more...