New dads suffering depression after baby’s birth struggle to find regional support

One in 10 Australian fathers are struggling with depression following the birth of their baby and a lack of specialist regional services is making the condition even more challenging. Anthony (not his real name) and his partner spent a significant amount of time trying to conceive with IVF but halfway through the pregnancy, the father-to-be was hit by crippling anxiety. The 38-year-old Victorian spent hours a day dry retching and …

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PM to flag mental health boost for bush

The Royal Flying Doctor Service is set to start providing life-saving mental health care to remote parts of Australia from next year after the federal government provided an $84 million funding boost. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will make the pre-budget announcement in Broken Hill, NSW, on Thursday along with Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack. The money will help the 90-year-old organisation to put more psychologists and mental health nurses on …

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Beetroot: This superfood could protect against Alzheimer’s

New research suggests a compound in the vile root might protect against Alzheimer’s disease, which could be an acceptable reason to eat it despite its revolting flavour, texture, and general je ne sais quoi. “Our data suggest that betanin, a compound in beet extract, shows some promise as an inhibitor of certain chemical reactions in the brain that are involved in the progression of Alzheimer’s disease,” said Dr Li-June Ming, a …

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Sexual harassment is too much – and not enough – about sex

The recent surge of attention given to sexual harassment has laid bare a long silence about the reality of women’s working lives. As a practitioner and now researcher in sexual harassment law reform, it is a conversation I never imagined taking place on this scale. Yet there are still important gaps in it. Our thinking around sexual harassment in the workplace is both too much about sex, and not enough. …

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Speak at one of the leading Mental Health Conference’s in Australia!

Don’t miss your opportunity to present at the 19th International Mental Health Conference, being held over the 8th – 10th August 2018 at RACV Royal Pines, Gold Coast, Queensland. Share your research, case studies and innovative projects at the 2018 International Mental Health Conference. Abstract submissions close Wednesday 18 April! The program will explore mental health access and support, service design and specialised clinically focused programs, physical wellbeing and mental …

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How therapy dogs can help students in the classroom with more than stress relief

In the wake of the school shootings in Florida, therapy dogs have been used as a way to provide comfort and support for students returning to school. Research has shown therapy dogs can reduce stress and provide a sense of connection in difficult situations. Given the impact therapy dogs can have on student wellbeing, schools and universities are increasingly adopting therapy dog programs as an inexpensive way of providing social and emotional support for students. What are …

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The grim cycle of homelessness and unemployment

Having a job can be a crucial factor in being able to break free from the cycle of homelessness. But despite this well-known link, few studies have considered how homelessness affects people getting a job – and separate to this – keeping their job. My research finds that homeless people who are employed are significantly more likely to leave their job compared to the non-homeless people. My working paper examines data from Journeys Home, …

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What makes someone more likely to be bullied at work and how companies can help them

Being bullied as a child, being female, young, and neurotic are significant predictors of whether you might be bullied in the workplace, our online anonymous survey shows. Our team investigated the personality traits and coping styles of workplace bullying victims which might contribute to their victimisation. Neuroticism is defined as a vulnerability to negative mood states such as excessive worrying, anxiety, anger, hostility, self-consciousness, and difficulty coping with stress. Destructive behaviours such as …

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Four ways alcohol is bad for your health

In Australia, almost 6,000 deaths a year can be attributed to alcohol, as well as around 400 hospitalisations a day. While drinking has declined in some segments of the population, with related stabilising of rates of death and illness, these numbers are far too high. Similar reports are emerging in other countries. Many people remain unaware, blissfully or otherwise, of long-term risks, which aren’t just restricted to “heavy drinkers”. Alcohol is one of the largest risk factors for …

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Abstract Submission Open for the 19th International Mental Health Conference

Don’t miss your opportunity to present at the 19th International Mental Health Conference, being held over the 8th – 10th August 2018 at RACV Royal Pines, Gold Coast, Queensland. Share your research, case studies and innovative projects at the 2018 International Mental Health Conference. Abstract submissions close Wednesday 18 April! The program will explore mental health access and support, service design and specialised clinically focused programs, physical wellbeing and mental …

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