Intellectual disability advocates’ $50m push to improve medical care

Carers say health procedures are made more difficult because of doctors’ lack of understanding. The issue, said the council’s senior advocate, Jim Simpson, is primarily a lack of training among doctors, who receive only 2.5 hours of specific training in the average six-year degree, and nurses, who receive none.

Mental Health in Australia: A quick guide

This quick guide provides an overview of mental health in Australia, including the prevalence of mental health conditions, the cost of mental illness, government responsibilities, and mental health services available in Australia.

Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System

Closing date: July 5, 2019

The Victorian Government has established a Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System – the first of its kind in Australia. Community consultation sessions have now commenced across Victoria during April and May 2019.  All Victorians are invited to attend these consultations, including community members, people living with mental illness, their family members and carers, and those with an interest in mental health. If you are not able to attend then you can make a written submission to the Royal Commission. Video, audio and written submissions will be accepted.

Mentally ill patients left waiting for emergency care

One-third of mentally ill patients seeking help at emergency rooms across Australia are forced to wait unreasonably long periods to receive the care they need, according to a new Productivity Commission report.

Disability, thoughts of suicide and Australian men

It’s a difficult subject, but men in Australia are much more at risk of having suicidal thoughts than women; now, new research looks at what this means for Australian men with a disability

Inclusion the key to improved health for people with a disability

Australians with a disability are less likely to exercise, more likely to eat poorly, report feeling unsafe and unhappy in their own neighbourhoods, and experience worse physical and mental health and less satisfying lives as a result.