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Suicide Risk Assessment Doesn’t Work

New research suggests it doesn’t help—and it may hurt—to rely on a formula to predict the risk of a suicide It is 4 p.m. on Friday afternoon. “My wife is suicidal, Doctor. If you don’t admit her to the hospital, you’ll have blood on your hands on Monday...” If the apparently suicidal

Mental health funding ‘locked down in dysfunctional hospital system’ – Ian Hickie

Australia’s national mental health commissioner says money is needed most in community services Government funding for mental health is “locked down in the dysfunctional hospital system” rather than being invested in community mental health services where it is most needed, the national mental health commissioner, Ian Hickie, says. Hickie made the comments

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

Causes of death in 2015 data released by ABS

Suicide remained the leading cause of premature death in Australia in 2015, according to data released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The ABS report Causes of Death, Australia, 2015 shows that death by suicide occurred at a rate of 12.6 per 100,000 people, an increase on that recorded in