Clinical Services > Psychiatric

Free pilot service for eating disorders

08 June, 2022

The Butterfly Foundation is encouraging clinicians to refer their waitlisted patients to 'In the Wings', a free single-session intervention service.

How this hospital halved its code blacks

06 April, 2022 by Amy Sarcevic

It used to be a familiar scene for Emergency Department Director Prof. Paul Preisz. A psychiatric or drug-affected patient being ferried to and from departments.

UniSA test accurately predicts mood disorders

21 January, 2021

Based on levels of a specific protein found in the brain, the test is reported to be the first of its kind in the world.

Call out to Queenslanders for OCD clinical trial

02 December, 2020

QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute is calling for south-east Queenslanders diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder to join a clinical trial of a new brain stimulation treatment.

Magic mushroom compound holds promise for depression

06 November, 2020

The active compound in magic mushrooms — psilocybin — has been found to produce large, rapid and sustained improvements in patients with treatment-resistant major depressive disorder.

Young drunkorexic women drop food for booze

19 May, 2020 by Belinda Willis

A new study shows female university students are saving their calories for binge drinking.

Spike in mental health distress calls since start of bushifre crisis

21 February, 2020 by Amy Sarcevic

Lifeline has launched a purpose-built helpline to support those affected by the recent Australian bushfire crisis.

AI may choose best depression therapy

18 February, 2020

A US research team has developed a computer that can accurately predict whether an antidepressant will work, based on patients' brain activity.

Fake hand contamination treats OCD

14 January, 2020

UK and US researchers have found that the 'rubber hand illusion' could help those with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) overcome their condition without the stress caused by exposure therapy.

MEDEVAC repeal could have long-term health consequences

11 December, 2019 by Amy Sarcevic

The repeal of MEDEVAC could impact the long-term physical and mental health of asylum seekers held in offshore processing at Nauru and Manus Island, warns the Chair of the RACGP Refugee Health Specific Interests Network, Dr Kate Walker.

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.

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