Clinical Services > Psychiatric

New Medicare services for complex eating disorders

05 November, 2019

Australians with complex eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia will be able to access new services through Medicare from 1 November 2019.


Stress disorders increase infection risk

24 October, 2019

A Swedish observational study has found that PTSD and other stress-related disorders are associated with a subsequent risk of life-threatening infections such as meningitis and sepsis.


ADHD meds not necessarily more effective in higher doses

20 September, 2019

Researchers have found that a medium dose of methylphenidate (MPH) has the strongest beneficial effects on inhibitory control in children with ADHD.


1 in 5 people with sleep apnoea depressed

22 May, 2019

New Australian research has found that a significant number of sleep apnoea patients are depressed, with a quarter on antidepressants.


Inflammation impacting brain function in schizophrenia

19 April, 2019

A new study has found that the overproduction of kynurenic acid in schizophrenia patients could be detrimental to brain function.


Suicide rates after hospital dismissal down 50%

11 April, 2019

In the past 20 years, the suicide rate for people discharged from hospital after presenting with suicidal thoughts or behaviours has dropped 50%.


Brain disorders cost Australians $74 billion per annum

19 March, 2019

A new white paper has found that neurological, mental health and substance use disorders are having a staggering impact on the Australian economy.


Groundbreaking blood test for PTSD

14 March, 2019

A new blood test can identify people at risk of stress disorders, or who are experiencing them severely.


Suicide victims often hide suicidal thoughts: study

19 February, 2019

People who die by suicide do not necessarily express their suicidal thoughts to health professionals, according to a new study.


New alternative trauma diagnosis framework

07 February, 2019 by Dr Cathy Kezelman AM*

The Power Threat Meaning Framework is an alternative diagnostic tool, focusing on the impact of power on us all — including trauma victims. 


5000 volunteers wanted for bipolar disorder study

23 November, 2018

Australian researchers are seeking volunteers for a study that will improve early diagnosis and treatment for bipolar sufferers and help support their families.


Off-label meds impacting autistic adults

22 November, 2018

Some 14% of mental health medications being taken by adults on the autism spectrum were given without a relevant diagnosis, and could be causing harm.


Herpes link to bipolar, depression

03 November, 2018

Researchers have found that Herpes viruses are capable of infecting neurons and possibly causing cognitive disturbances leading to mood disorder.


Changes needed to stem self-harm in older adults

24 October, 2018

Older adults (aged 65 and older) who self-harm have a higher risk of dying from unnatural causes (particularly suicide) compared to their peers without a history of self-harm.


Seven signs of drug and alcohol dependence

27 June, 2018

With the number of drug-related deaths reaching an all-time high among men, identifying signs of dependence and facilitating treatment is essential.


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