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1400 drugs on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme to get cheaper from October 1

1400 drugs on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme to get cheaper from October 1

Australians battling breast cancer, Parkinson’s disease and psoriasis will save hundreds of dollars a year on medicine as a wave of 1400 drugs become eligible for extra subsidies under the pharmaceutical benefits scheme from Sunday.  But the biggest benefits [...]

Unconditional charity: Why it’s okay to give money to homeless people

Unconditional charity: Why it’s okay to give money to homeless people

Australia prides itself on being a giving nation. But would you give unconditionally to a homeless person and be okay with not knowing what your money was spent on? Would you give $5 to a homeless [...]

Malcolm Turnbull must take responsibility for postal survey mental health concerns: Bill Shorten

Malcolm Turnbull must take responsibility for postal survey mental health concerns: Bill Shorten

The Turnbull government must take responsibility and invest more in frontline mental health services struggling with surging demand as a result of the same-sex marriage postal survey, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says. A range of mental health [...]

Mental health concerns over same-sex marriage debate

Mental health concerns over same-sex marriage debate

The lead commonwealth mental health agency is concerned about the detrimental impact the marriage equality debate is having on vulnerable people. The National Mental Health Commission on Monday issued a statement to warn that the debate [...]

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, [...]

‘Extraordinary overcrowding’ at Alice Springs women’s jail, investigation finds

‘Extraordinary overcrowding’ at Alice Springs women’s jail, investigation finds

A new investigation into living conditions at the Alice Springs Women’s Correctional Facility (ASWCF) has found overcrowding has led to “at-risk” women being transferred to the men’s prison. The report by Northern Territory ombudsman Peter Shoyer [...]

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 [...]