$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 [...]

$31m promised for veterans’ mental health

The federal government has pledged an extra $31 million to help support veterans dealing with mental health issues and their families. Veterans’ Affairs Minister Dan Tehan announced the funding in parliament on Tuesday as part of [...]

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

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

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

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 [...]