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Canberra to Fall Short on School Psychologists, Despite Three-Year Hiring Effort

Canberra will not have enough school psychologists to meet the demand of students with mental health issues by the time it has finished hiring in 2020. Last year, the ACT Government committed to employ an additional 20 school psychologists over three years — one of the recommendations made in the Shaddock review, the report launched [...]

Struggling Farmers Get ‘Home Visit’ Mental Health Boost

Farmers struggling with drought will no longer have to trek to town for counselling appointments under new measures to make seeking mental health support easier. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced the change on Sunday, along with $11.4 million in funding for other initiatives supporting the mental wellbeing of farming families and their communities. Instead of [...]

By |2018-08-06T12:20:41+00:00August 6th, 2018|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

WA’s Mental Health System ‘Broken For a Decade Plus’

When her daughter Abbey began suffering severe mental health issues at the age of 14, Pippa Beveridge desperately sought help from Western Australia's mental health system. As she found out over the next two years, that support was not easy to come by. "We would go to [Princess Margaret Hospital] and wait for hours," Ms [...]

By |2018-07-23T15:33:52+00:00July 23rd, 2018|Categories: Mental Illness|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Funding for Mental Mates Program

Mental health support in Katherine is set to receive a boost following the announcement of a successful project under the Building Better Regions Fund – Community Investment stream. Senator Nigel Scullion said the community-based project was a positive investment in the Katherine region’s future. “This is a fantastic outcome for Katherine, with a Mental Mates [...]

By |2018-07-12T09:05:30+00:00July 12th, 2018|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Report Suggests Regional and Remote are Left Behind in Mental Health Support

The divide between city and country is a familiar narrative, but a report into mental health needs has warned the gap for young Australians in rural areas could be worsening. The research released today by Mission Australia and ReachOut shows people are struggling to find adequate mental health services, if the right help is available [...]

By |2018-07-02T10:54:06+00:00July 2nd, 2018|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing, Society & Culture|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

$100m Funding Boost for Mental Health Programs

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. Key points: Major funding boost for kids mental health $75 million for new Headspace centres and student mental health programs More funds for [...]

Three Proven Psychological Treatments for Young People That Need to be Funded

From the first of November Australians living in rural and remote areas will be eligible to receive Medicare rebates for psychological treatments delivered in part via video conferencing. This is a step in the right direction, but there are still psychological treatments we know work, that remain unfunded. Under the “Better Access to Mental Health Care Initiative” [...]

Quarter of Australian Students Drop Out, New Report Reveals

Grace Pletas dropped out of school early, saying she should have been offered more flexible study options. Photo: Penny Stephens One in four Australian students fails to complete a year 12 certificate or vocational equivalent, and nearly 30 per cent of year 7 students are falling behind international benchmarks in reading. A landmark national study by [...]

Neediest Students Denied Funding Amid Education Fraud Allegations

Victoria's neediest students are being denied proper education due to the "gross underfunding" of the juvenile justice teaching program, which is also facing allegations of inappropriate spending by senior officials. Leaked Education Department memos detail concerns about the misuse of taxpayer funds and conflicts of interest by bureaucrats who previously managed aspects of Victoria's juvenile [...]

Mental Health Services Crisis Diffused as Federal Government Announces Funding Renewal

"In a move worth $300 million, mental health services will have their funding renewed for a further 12 months. The announcement made today by Health Minister Sussan Ley follows a campaign by Mental Health Australia, after some mental health services began to shut down, unsure of future funding. Hundreds of contracts were due to end on [...]