Category: Geelong Advertiser Articles

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

  System Should Aim for Peace of Mind

This article outlines some of the limitations with the current WorkCover system. Instead of helping injured workers return to work, the WorkCover system often exacerbates people’s psychological difficulties partly due to an inherent suspicion with which their claims are reviewed and the need to highlight the extent to which they have experienced psychological harm.

  Passion is One Thing, Obsession Another

This article outlines the benefits of engaging in activities that we might refer to as our passion, however our passions can get out of hand if our approach and reactions towards discontinuing these activities are compulsive or rigid.

  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 »