Politics

Three charts on: why rates of mental illness aren’t going down despite higher spending

Successive Australian governments have increased their spending on mental health over the last few decades, which is a good thing. But when the rate of mental illness isn’t going down, we need to step back and [...]

Hunt announces $160m for mental health

A national funding boost will help address service gaps for Australians with mental illness and psychosocial disability to who aren’t covered by the National Disability Insurance Scheme, according to a peak mental health body. Health Minister [...]

NSW Budget $2.1 billion for mental health and infrastructure overhaul

More than 260 additional mental health workers, strengthened community care and upgrades to mental health infrastructure are set to be delivered by a record NSW Government spend on mental health in the State Budget. Member for [...]

Mental health should be a key topic for Australian leaders

Being off work can be a major cause of mental illnesses such as depression or anxiety. Prolonged absence from work, for example due to a physical injury or illness, significantly reduces the likelihood of a person [...]

Aged-care residents to gain better mental health services from budget

The federal government will send psychologists and other mental health professionals into aged-care homes across Australia under one of its budget measures, offering hope to tens of thousands of residents with psychiatric disorders who are now [...]

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 [...]