Clinical Services > Psychiatric

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.


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.


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