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Tony Stevenson & Michelle Moss - Integrating Mental Health into the NDIS Conference 


Leading US neurologist Dr David Perlmutter
"Carbs causing Alzheimers,ADHD,Dementia"

New monthly schizophrenia drug


HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, Royal Patron of the children’s mental health charity Place2Be

ABC Radio National - A Crippling Workload


Interview with David Meldrum - MIFA President

Stanford's Sapolsky On Depression

Peter Karmel Lecture 2014. The need for a national mental illness prevention strategy.

Sheila: mother and mental health carer     ABC Open - 16 Jul 2014

ABC Open - Sheila:mother and mental health carer 16 Jul 2014 

Mon 19 May 2014
Mid North Coast NSW

David, who hears voices, talks about how music helps people who live with mental illness connect at New Horizons

SAW 2014         Carers of all ages are on call 24/7

Schizophrenia Awareness Week 2014 - Carers of all ages are on call 24/7 caring for a loved one with a mental illness. Call 1800 985 944 for support. 

Living with Schizophrenia Studio10-SarahPreston-14May2014

14 May 2014 Studio 10 interviews Jo Hamble clinical psychologist and Mike and Sarah Preston






Beautiful Minds

Beautiful Minds presentation at SFNSW Symposium 2014 - "Focus on Enhancing the Carer Role" 24th May 2014 during Schizophrenia Awareness Week.

Take these Broken Wings - Recovery from Schizophrenia without Medication - a film by Daniel Mackler

THE COMPLETE FILM! 1 hr 15 mins. Featuring Joanne Greenberg (bestselling author of "I Never Promised You a Rose Garden"), recovered for over fifty years. Interviews with Peter Breggin, Robert Whitaker, Bertram Karon, and Catherine Penney. Directed by Daniel Mackler.

Freedom from Schizophrenia, A Twin's Quest:      Cyndi Shannon Weickert at TedxSydney 2014

At 17, Cyndi watched with disbelief as her twin, Scott, descended into madness.  Pained by Scott's schizophrenia and not satisfied with available treatments, she aimed to find a cure. Cyndi describes the arduous path she has taken to find better treatments for schizophrenia which offers a ray of hope to those suffering.  In this ground breaking talk, Prof Cyndi Shannon Weickert reveals the results of her research into schizophrenia and it's link to the oestrogen receptors in the brain 

Tapping the Potential

Mother Tore Off Labels & Nurtured Her Son's Hidden Genius.  When her son Jacob was 2, Kristine Barnett was told he might never speak due to severe autism. Today, Jacob is poised to become a future Nobel Prize winner. Kristine and Jacob Barnett tell Steve Paikin more about unlocking Jacob's potential. 

TED TALKS: Thomas Insel - Toward a new understanding of mental illness

ABC Radio National - Life Matters

The Sunny Boy

ABC Life Matters Podcast

10th Oct 2013

The Sunny Boy and Schizophrenia
Radio National interview with
Kaye Harrison, Director of The Sunny Boy
and Rob Ramjan, CEO Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW

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ABC RadioNational Breakfast 9 May 2013
Reporter Steven Turner
Radio Interview with
Rob Ramjan CEO SFNSW

Schizophrenia has been largely considered an illness that only affects the mind, but the physical health of its sufferers is also a major public concern.  Australians with schizophrenia are 50 per cent more likely to die from a heart attack, 20 per cent more likely to get cancer, and have a lifespan 25 years shorter than the average Australian.

Young carer ABC News 28May

ABC News May 28, 2013  -  Ros Childs 
Eighteen-year-old Crystal Finnie has been been caring for her four younger siblings for years, to take the strain off her mother, who has been struggling with depression, anxiety and a borderline personality disorder.



ABC News 9 May 2013

Schizophrenia lowers life expectancy.

High risk of diabetes, cancer and heart attack.  National summit in May to address these issues.




ABC - Hunter Valley musician Neil Farmer

ABC Radio 1233 Newcastle
17 May, Hunter Valley musician Neil Farmer  - Schizophrenia Awareness Week





ABC Radio NationalABC Radio National - How Exercise Can Help Severe Mental Illness


Life Matters Broadcast 19 Feb 2013

 How exercise can help severe mental illness


Published on Jul 2, 2012 by TEDtalksDirector

"Is it okay if I totally trash your office?" It's a question Elyn Saks once asked her doctor, and it wasn't a joke. A legal scholar, in 2007 Saks came forward with her own story of schizophrenia, controlled by drugs and therapy but ever-present.

In this powerful talk, she asks us to see people with mental illness clearly, honestly and compassionately.

Everyone's story is different. This is her story.

Podcast 2SER Razors Edge  Interview
with SFNSW CEO Rob Ramjan

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22 Aug
by  Benedict Carey

Father’s Age Is Linked to Risk of Autism and Schizophrenia
Older men are more likely than young ones to father a child who develops autism or schizophrenia, because of random mutations that become more numerous with advancing paternal age, scientists reported in the first study to quantify the effect as it builds each year. The age of mothers had no bearing on the risk for these disorders, the study published in Nature International Journal of Science found...

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link to the study
Nature Podcast with Kári Stefánsson

ABC online - Childhood infections linked to schizophrenia
Research Study: Childhood infections linked to schizophrenia...

ABC Health Report ABC Health Report 18 Apr 2011

Critical changes to the listing of pharmaceuticals on the PBS

Previously under $10,000 could be approved by the Health Minister
Now all listings must go to Congress.  This will have devastating effects and delays and add huge costs to people suffering from schizophrenia.
Rob Ramjan, CEO of Schizophrenia Fellowhship of NSW is one of those interviewed.


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Expert warns against child mental health checks

by Eleanor Hall

One of the most influential psychiatrists in the United States says the Federal Government's program to screen three-year-olds for mental health problems is "ridiculous" and potentially dangerous.

Australian preschoolers are set to be screened for early signs of mental illness as part of the Government-funded Healthy Kids Check, which would be voluntary for families.  The Australian Medical Association (AMA) supports the initiative but says the evaluations must focus on broad-based problems rather than individual things like fear of the dark or fear of monsters.

The Healthy Kids Check will be predominately conducted by GPs who will refer children with troubling behaviour to psychologists and paediatricians.  The program will cost $11 million over five years and is expected to identify about 27,000 children who would benefit from extra support.

But Professor Allen Frances, an Emeritus Professor at the Duke University, has raised concerns about the scheme.  Professor Frances was the chairman of the American Psychiatric committee that produced the current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, which psychiatrists around the world call their bible.  He is highly critical of the latest edition of the manual and warns that if it is issued unamended it will "medicalise normality". 

Audio: Professor Allen Frances speaks to The World Today (The World Today)

RELATED STORY: Preschoolers to get mental health checks

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by Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW Inc