Tag: Health Policy

  Minds Matter

How do the major parties prioritise mental health? This article looks at the approaches of the two major parties towards mental health as we near the 2019 Federal Election.

  Identity Crisis

Research shows that approximately 75 per cent of young transgender adults have been clinically depressed, around 80 per cent have self-harmed and about half have attempted suicide. This article explores some of the scientific literature surrounding transgenderism.  

  Positive Power

Some of the most important messages about mental health are simple optimistic messages. This article explores the role of the media in perpetuating a positive environment for our community, as well as how a pessimistic outlook has been perpetuated by pharmaceutical companies in order to gain financially.

  Healing Network for Mind Body Soul

This article advocates for a collaborative approach from local health professionals to be able to improve the health services across the board, particularly through focussing on the aspects of health related to mind, body and soul.

  Positive Case

This article relates to the idea that mental health is often conflated with mental illness, which can distract from the notion of mental health as being a positive attribute that we can all further develop.

  Positive Force

An article emphasising the need to develop our understanding of the mind-body connection, due to an over-reliance on external biological interventions, such as medication.

  Health Services Should Be More Holistic

How can we improve health services across the board? A number of local health professionals in Geelong recently met to discuss this issue. The discussion was especially refreshing as we considered alternatives that wouldn’t require further funding or political support. This might be the way of the future given greatly rising health costs. A common… Read more »

  WorkCover System Needs an Overhaul

Our WorkCover system is in need of an overhaul, at least in its handling of psychological injuries. Rather than helping injured workers have an optimal recovery, it often exacerbates their psychological difficulties. Problems include the invalidation of injured workers suffering from conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder, unhelpful delays in treatment, and an unnecessarily long… Read more »

  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.

  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.”