Tag: Health Policy

  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.”

  Optimism Needed for Mental Health

Mental health ought to be a significant issue in every federal election. Recent statistical findings highlight this need. Firstly, suicide is now the leading cause of premature death in Australia, and the leading cause of death in 15 to 44 year-olds. Eight Australians deliberately take their lives each day, double our road toll. Furthermore, one… Read more »

  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.

  Pain Can be Effective Against Trauma

Childhood sexual abuse has long been ignored across our wider society. It has also been under-recognised in our mainstream mental health services. This article examines a more optimal treatment model for abuse victims, which doesn’t over-emphasise the role of medication.