Archive for 'Opinion'

Can a library close a prison?

Can a library close a prison?

Spending on prisoners is a touchy subject. In a climate where public funds are limited and every dollar stretched to the limit, better facilities for corrective services often fall to the bottom of public shopping list. [...]

Mental illness increases risk of youth homelessness. What can we do about it?

Mental illness increases risk of youth homelessness. What can we do about it?

  We know the journey into adulthood can be a bumpy ride, with many challenges to overcome. Some arise as a normal part of adolescence, such as the shifting reliance from family to friends, study stress, [...]

Lost in the world of liquor research

Lost in the world of liquor research

Philip White drills down to the detail of a popular new alcohol industry report on drinking habits and compares it with a much more scathing one from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Bacchus only knows [...]

Culture change required to manage post-traumatic stress among police, emergency services

Culture change required to manage post-traumatic stress among police, emergency services

  Just as post-traumatic stress (PTS) exacts a costly toll on the military, it is taking a less-recognised toll on Australia’s police and emergency services. Normalising PTS within emergency services culture will go a long way [...]

Push for better mental health care for seniors

Push for better mental health care for seniors

The Mental Health Commission of NSW has launched two new resources to work towards better mental health outcomes for older people. The documents, Living Well in Later Life: The case for change and a Statement of [...]

Drug And Alcohol Abuse In The Legal Profession

Drug And Alcohol Abuse In The Legal Profession

Center for Network Therapy’s Medical Director and Addiction Expert Dr. Indra Cidambi Spells Out Why Lawyers Are at Increased Risk for Addiction The presence of employees with substance use disorders in the workplace is a serious [...]

What needs to happen to build resilience and improve mental health among junior doctors

What needs to happen to build resilience and improve mental health among junior doctors

Doctors experience higher levels of suicide and mental distress than their non-medical peers. A review of studies in the area found male doctors had a 26% higher risk of suicide, while female doctors had a 146% [...]

Visualising anxiety: What does mental illness look like?

Visualising anxiety: What does mental illness look like?

Unlike physical illness, mental illness is largely invisible. This makes it hard for some people to comprehend that it is a reality for at least 20 per cent of Australians each year (with anxiety disorders the [...]

Mental health in Australia needs reform, not just more money: Ian Hickie

Mental health in Australia needs reform, not just more money: Ian Hickie

The mental health sector is plagued with ineffective programs that should lose funding, according to a leading expert. Ian Hickie, a commissioner on the National Mental Health Commission, said services suffered from poor co-ordination and did [...]

Remember, suicide is not a solution

Remember, suicide is not a solution

Depression is a mental disorder. At its worst, it can prove to be fatal. A study by the Government of India shows that one out of five Indians suffers from a mental disorder. Such an alarming [...]