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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...

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...

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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...

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...

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...