Aged care prison bid for Ararat gets cool response

By Julian Bajkowski A bid by the Victorian shire of Ararat to entice the state government to construct Australia’s first purpose-built gaol for elderly criminals has been greeted with a cool but polite response from correctional authorities who concede they face issues from an ageing population of insiders. Leaders of the rural community are reportedly […]

Mental health goes virtual

By Paul Hemsley Online counseling therapy will be available to Australians through federal health services following an open tender for qualified organisations to deliver the Virtual Clinic service. The Department of Health and Ageing will be searching for qualified organizations to develop and deliver the program, which will provide online counseling with the assistance of […]

Mental health programs a must

By Grant Brecht Statistics show that in Australia mental health problems are indeed on the rise. The National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in 2007 found that about 20 per cent of Australian adults aged between 18 and 64 years have a diagnosable mental health disorder in […]

Governments must spend more on EAPs

By Angela Dorizas Governments should be prepared to pay more for employee assistance programs if they are to make any headway in addressing mental health in the workplace. That was the message from industry expert Grant Brecht, managing director of Grant Brecht and Associates and club psychologist for the Sydney Swans AFL team. In an […]

Recession may speed up mental health reform

By Rob O'Brien   A recession may help governments speed up mental health reform, the chair of the National Advisory Council on Mental Health has told a conference in Sydney. Addressing the conference 'Outside In: Community Responses to Complex and Diverse Needs', John Mendoza said that the fiscal pressures of a recession could help the […]


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