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Blood Test Helps Diagnosis of Schizophrenia

This post originally featured on PsychCentral. Investigators have developed a blood test that could help doctors more quickly diagnose schizophrenia and other disorders. Researchers from the University of Maryland College Park (UMD) and Baltimore (UMB) campuses believe the new technique will help clinicians and improve patient outcomes. “We hope our new technique will

Australian Mental Health Spending At Highest Level, New Report Finds

This post originally featured on The Canberra Times. Spending on mental health services in Australia is at its highest level ever, according to a new report. The report - released this week by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) - revealed $8.5 billion was spent on mental health in 2014-15,

Victorian Arts Companies Join Forces To Improve Mental Health Of Creative Workers

This post originally featured on The Sydney Morning Herald. More than 90 Victorian arts organisations have joined forces to improve the mental health of workers in the creative industries. The Arts Wellbeing Collective, launched by Arts Centre Melbourne on Thursday, will stage workshops and provide training and resources, including a website for Victorian arts workers. The

Spending on Mental Health Services in Australia Totalled $8.5 Billion in 2014/15, Nearly One Billion More Than The Last Two Decades.

This post originally featured on SBS News. Expenditure on mental health-related services in Australia continues to increase, new data shows. An Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) report shows $8.5 billion was spent nationally on mental health services in 2014/15. This is nearly one billion dollars more ($911 million) than in 2010/11. AIHW

Accountants To Get Dedicated Mental Health Service As Wellbeing Worries Rise

This post originally featured on the Australian Financial Review. Professional body Chartered Accountants ANZ will launch a dedicated mental health programme from the middle of the year amid concern about the wellbeing of its 117,000 members. The body currently refers members to support group beyondblue but will set up a service that

Managing Mental Health In The Workplace: Advice For Employers And Employees

This post originally featured on ABCNews The start of another work year will sit especially heavily for some. So how can managers respond to mental health issues in the workplace? Imagine a call centre employee, we'll call her Sasha. She's been "snapping" with her clients. Sasha's manager knows she has a mental

Greg Hunt Announced As Sussan Ley’s Replacement As Health Minister

This post originally featured on ABC News. Greg Hunt has been named Australia's new Health Minister as part of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's fourth reshuffle since taking the top office. Key points: Hunt appointed Health Minister Ken Wyatt becomes first Indigenous person in Commonwealth ministry as Minister for Indigenous Health and Aged

Children With Reading Difficulties Are At Elevated Risk For Mental Health Problems

This post originally featured on Curtin University  News. Curtin University researchers have identified and are examining potential research streams which could shed light on why children with reading difficulties are at increased risk of mental health problems. Growing literature indicates children with reading difficulties are at an elevated risk for both internalising

Fears Some People With Mental Illness Will Fall Through NDIS Cracks

This post originally featured on ABC News. Urgent action is needed to ensure there is adequate support for people who have a mental illness and are not eligible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), mental health service providers say. Money from a number of federal programs is being rolled into the