Category: Geelong Advertiser Articles

Chris Mackey’s articles appear regularly in the Geelong Advertiser newspaper in Geelong, Australia.

  Better Access Scheme Shows Its Worth

This article looks at the benefits of Australia’s Better Access to Mental Health Scheme, described by Professor David Clarke of the University of Oxford as “the world’s first attempt to make evidence-based psychological therapy more accessible.”

  Optimism Needed for Mental Health

This article calls for our leaders to take a more optimistic approach to the way mental health is discussed in politics.

  Church Victims Need Specialised Help

This article calls for more public psychological trauma services, particularly in response to the growing number of people reporting childhood sexual abuse.

  Our Lives are in the Safest of Hands

Barwon Health’s Intensive Care Unit has managed to maintain a zero infection rate since 2012, despite already having a relatively few number infections prior to that time. This article looks at some of the ways in which that was made possible, as well as positive knock-on effects within the community that this provides.

  Unlearning Habits that Lead to Violence

This article responds to the findings in the report from the Royal Commission into Family Violence and some of the interventions that could be implemented in order to change problematic behaviour. After working with men with anger issues in the 1980’s this article details some of the interventions that worked well with that group of… Read more »

  Response to Abuse Harms Society’s Spiritual Life

This article responds to Cardinal George Pell’s testimony delivered to the Royal Commission into systematic sexual abuse in the context of the harm that can be caused to the victim from minimising the perceived severity of the offence.

  Supra-Rational Thinking Worth Thought

After having an epiphany upon seeing the earth from his extra-terrestrial vantage point, astronaut Edgar Mitchell pondered the question, to what extent are we using our full potential? Mitchell later contended that Western society has programmed us to ignore “untapped intuitive and psychic forces”. This article explores whether this could in fact be true, from… Read more »