The man, known as John to protect his privacy, was left to survive on Newstart as he battled stage 3 bowel cancer and had earlier attempted suicide after learning of a two-month wait on his pension claim, according to Katrina Newman, who took up his case in February.
Only a quarter of people in Commonwealth-funded mental health programs set to close in 2020 have successfully transitioned to the National Disability Insurance Scheme, new research shows.
Jess Cochran has been physically restrained, chemically sedated and held in seclusion at Victorian public hospitals more times than she’d care to remember. The first episode occurred at the age of 15, when she was locked up for weeks in the mental health unit at the Royal Children’s Hospital, with severe anorexia, depression and anxiety.
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.
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.
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.
Mental health experts have called on Headspace to make its waiting lists public amid concerns that suicidal teens are dying while waiting up to three months to see a psychologist.
This report provides an outline of Victorian Government funded mental health services and the Victorians who accessed them for treatment, care and support in 2017-18.
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.
Almost 4500 Victorians have flooded a major inquiry into the state’s mental health system.
The Mental Health Complaints Commissioner’s annual report has now been tabled in parliament.
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
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.
The Liberal National Government will provide a record $1.45 billion for community mental health services and change the funding model to ensure security for both jobs and services.
Closing date: February 10, 2019
Rain Tiligadis is a freelance journalist for The Quo and she is writing an article on mental health and the NDIS.