Archive for 'Politics'

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 [...]

UN expert accuses Turnbull government of using ‘punitive language’ in welfare debate

UN expert accuses Turnbull government of using ‘punitive language’ in welfare debate

A United Nations special rapporteur has criticised the Turnbull government’s approach to social protection policy, saying its framing of “welfare” appears designed to prejudice the debate against welfare recipients. Philip Alston also criticised the government’s prohibition [...]

Mental illness, suicide and violence creating a ‘lost generation’ in Middle East

Mental illness, suicide and violence creating a ‘lost generation’ in Middle East

Suicide, murder, and sexual assault are increasing faster in the Eastern Mediterranean than any other region in the world, according to a new study. These violent acts, as well as conflicts, accounted for more than 200,000 [...]

Mental illness need not be a death sentence, Allan Fels warns

Mental illness need not be a death sentence, Allan Fels warns

People with a serious mental illness are dying on average 14 to 23 years earlier than other Australians, prompting a push for a ­national focus on delivering longer, healthier, happier lives. National Mental Health Commission chairman [...]

Mental illness and cognitive disability the ‘norm’ among prisoners: report

Mental illness and cognitive disability the ‘norm’ among prisoners: report

Mental illness or cognitive impairment among the prison population is so high it should be “assumed as the norm” rather than the exception, a leading report has found, ramping up pressure on the state government to [...]

Malcolm Turnbull to be shown ‘war zone’ video from regional towns in push for cashless welfare card

Malcolm Turnbull to be shown ‘war zone’ video from regional towns in push for cashless welfare card

A shocking video showing the “war zone” conditions of regional WA towns will be shown to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Canberra today as a delegation from the State calls for an urgent expansion of the [...]

Outgoing WA Police Commissioner says mentally injured cops need better support

Outgoing WA Police Commissioner says mentally injured cops need better support

The WA Police Commissioner has admitted the service has not been good at identifying officers’ mental health issues, and said he regrets not getting a workers compensation scheme up and running for victims in the state [...]

Labor $10m one stop health shop

Labor $10m one stop health shop

Health plans: Labor MP fro Braddon Dr Shane Broad and opposition leader Rebecca White. Picture: Baz Ruddick. It is not an election promise but a commitment, opposition leader Rebecca White said when announcing a $10 million [...]

Ice addiction ‘pales into insignificance’ compared to harms linked to alcohol abuse, AMA says

Ice addiction ‘pales into insignificance’ compared to harms linked to alcohol abuse, AMA says

Australia’s peak medical body has slammed the Federal Government’s drug policy, arguing its focus on methamphetamine is misplaced and alcohol abuse is a far more pressing issue. The ten-year National Drug Strategy was released last month, [...]

Time group insurers put heads together on mental health

Time group insurers put heads together on mental health

SPONSORED ROUNDTABLE | A recent gathering, hosted by Investment Magazine and sponsored by AIA Australia, brought together 14 leaders from the superannuation, group insurance and mental health sectors. The group identified a major opportunity to improve [...]