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Melbourne psychiatrist wants end to ‘fingers crossed’ approach to antenatal mental health

A Melbourne psychiatrist and researcher said clinical research into safe use of anti-psychotic medication during pregnancy is extremely sparse. “What we actually want is clinical practice guidelines based on evidence … At the moment, everyone is just crossing their fingers and hoping for the best,” said Jayashri Kulkarni, from the Monash Alfred Psychiatric Research Centre. The Age, March 14, 2015

Victoria’s mental health sector struggling with demand

Mental health services, including those for prisoners and the state’s most acutely unwell, are stretched to the limit, the sector and unions say. The industry says community treatment teams have been hurt by a lack of investment in the sector while the Thomas Embling Hospital at Fairfield is facing rising demand on the back of an “unique” explosion in the prison population. Thomas Embling Hospital is described as ‘bursting at the seams’. The Age, March 22, 2015.

Technological revolution in mental health care

AN extra $9 billion will need to be spent on mental health and 9,000 new psychologists trained as the population grows and more people seek help in the next 15 years a new report shows. However, the care could be delivered at a fraction of the cost, just $9.70 per person annually, if early mental health intervention was delivered through online services the Ernst and Young report says. news.com.au May 6, 2015.

Major Project for Men’s Mental Health

The STRIDE (Stigma Reduction Interventions: Digital Environments) project includes six smaller projects that use technology, such as apps and websites, along with evidence-based techniques to show men that taking action on mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of. It is funded by beyondblue with donations from The Movember Foundation and has been unveiled to coincide with Men’s Health Week.

Mental Illness & Insurance

The page linked in the title lists four web pages published by the ABC containing videos of interviews and transcripts about this topic. Published October 30, 2015 and updated November 9, 2015 and December 23, 2015.

Commissioning And Contracting For Better Mental Health Outcomes Report

Mental Health Australia engaged Rooftop Social to examine a range of ways in which commissioning and contracting arrangements might be improved to achieve a more effective and efficient Australian mental health system. The study involved a review of published and unpublished literature in Australia and elsewhere, guided by consultation with relevant practitioners and specialists. Mental Health Australia Limited, November 18, 2015.

Mental Health Spending On The Rise – Report

Spending on mental health services in Australia has hit $8 billion, according to a new report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Of the $8 billion funding, the report said 60 per cent was provided by state and territory governments, 36 per cent by the Australian Government and 4 per cent by private health insurance funds. probonoaustralia.com.au, February 2, 2016