Politics

It’s time to give people the ability to call in on an off day

Ross Jones thought he was taking a big risk when he phoned his boss from the waiting room of a counselling service to tell him he would not be coming to work that day – or [...]

New $3.9m plan to fix ‘huge gaps’ in multicultural mental health

The federal government is spending $3.9 million on multicultural mental health. Source: Getty EXCLUSIVE: A new $3.9 million project will provide mental health support to Australians from multicultural backgrounds. Leading health and multicultural organisations are uniting to [...]

Mental Health a Budget Winner

The federal government has made significant investments in mental health in this year’s budget, focused on suicide prevention, protecting older Australians and providing continuity of support for those ineligible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Mental [...]

Mental health funding boost for bush

The Royal Flying Doctor Service will be able to continue providing life-saving mental health care in remote parts of Australia after the federal government provided an $84 million lifeline. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull flew to Broken [...]

Senate inquiry finds current Australian laws ‘adequate’ to penalise serious cyber-bullying offenders

A SENATE inquiry has made nine recommendations to reduce the incidences of cyber-bullying and ensure that serious offenders are adequately pursued. THE alarming increase in the number of youth suicides in Australia due to cyber-bullying prompted [...]

$100m funding boost for school mental health programs and Headspace centres

Young Australians seeking help for depression and anxiety will get further assistance with an injection of more than $100 million into school mental health programs and a range of new Headspace centres.   Health Minister Greg [...]

Royal commission to consider mental health discrimination

Renegade Nationals MP Llew O’Brien has been assured by Treasurer Scott Morrison that the government’s royal commission will examine mental health insurance claims despite the terms of reference not specifically mentioning it. Mr O’Brien, who played [...]

Yoga out, mental health in: Sweeping reforms to private health insurance revealed

Key points: Discounts for young Australians to encourage them to get private cover Broader private cover for mental health services New categories of cover: gold, silver, bronze Rebates for yoga, Pilates and other natural remedies cut [...]

Voters’ verdict: take drug test if you want dole

  Three out of four voters have backed the Turnbull government’s signature welfare reform to trial a drug-testing scheme for welfare recipients, in a blunt ­rejection of Labor’s and the Greens’ vows to block the move [...]

How three women tackled foetal alcohol spectrum disorder in their community

Three Aboriginal women from central Queensland fought for years to have foetal alcohol spectrum disorder recognised in their community. After being ignored for 20 years, something is finally happening. Priscilla Iles, Elaine Williams and Judy Tatow [...]