A third of corporate Australia is feeling stressed, anxious and depressed

Australian workplaces are increasingly suffering from depression, anxiety and stress, according to a large study of mental health in corporate Australia. Mental illness appears to have increased by a third in the last decade. Depression is now the primary mental health disorder. The results of Australia’s Biggest Mental Health Check-In finds that one third of program participants were suffering from some form of mental illness, with 36% suffering from depression, …

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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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16th International Mental Health Conference Program has been released

The 16th International Mental Health Conference will bring together leading clinical practitioners, academics, service providers and mental health experts to deliberate and discuss Mental Health issues confronting Australia and New Zealand Thursday 13 August to Friday 14 August 2015 on the Gold Coast. The 2015 Program includes over 70 speakers, 50 poster presentations and interactive workshops. This dynamic and topical program will discuss a vast range of subjects including; workplace health, …

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Chronic pain sufferers risk addiction

Health groups are calling for greater oversight for prescription painkillers amid concern sufferers are at serious risk of addiction. An increasing number of chronic pain sufferers are being prescribed pharmaceutical opioids, which can be highly addictive. Rising trend of prescribing opioids for treatment The supply of oxycodone has increased significantly in the past two decades. According to research from the Victorian Department of Health’s Malcolm Dobbin, the drug’s supply has …

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Evaluation of an Australian primary mental health care program: 10 years on

The Access to Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS) program was introduced by the Australian Government in 2001. ATAPS enables general practitioners (GPs) to refer patients with high prevalence mental disorders for low-cost evidence-based mental health care and targets specific hard to reach groups. The achievements of the program 10 years on will be examined including participation rates by professionals and patients, patient and service provision characteristics, and patient outcomes. Data are sourced …

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