20 December 2013

Psychologists urge the Govt - protect the public, don’t repeal pokie reforms

Problem gambling experts from the Australian Psychological Society (APS) are concerned that the Federal Government is planning to overturn modest poker machine reforms, ignoring community and expert opinion about the importance of consumer protection measures in preventing gambling-related harm.

17 December 2013

Mental health of asylum seekers threatened by cut to independent health panel, say psychologists

Disbanding the Immigration Health Advisory Group (IHAG) will suppress the opportunity for health experts to provide advice to the Government on a range of health risks posed by current immigration policies, the Australian Psychological Society (APS) warned.

 

NPW 2013

10 November 2013

Australian Workers - Unsatisfied & Stressed Out

New survey reveals insights into the psychological health of Australian workers

A new survey conducted by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) has shed light on elevated stress levels in the workplace in the past 12 months and its impact on workers' mental and physical health.

10 November 2013

New survey reveals stress levels are rising in Australia

A new survey conducted by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) has revealed Australians are experiencing increased levels of stress and reduced wellbeing in the past 12 months.

10 November 2013

New survey sheds light on wellbeing in the workplace

Can workers' psychological health impact the bottom line?

A new survey conducted by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) has revealed that working Australians are experiencing elevated levels of stress in the workplace, and are reporting reduced job satisfaction and wellbeing at work in the past 12 months.

 

11 October 2013

Study shows people won’t seek help for heart symptoms even when at the doctor

Many people experiencing heart disease symptoms won’t tell their doctor, even though they recognise the need for medical care for such symptoms, according to research to be presented to the Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference in Cairns this week.

10 October 2013

Carers at highest risk of mental health issues, survey reveals

The 2.6 million informal carers in Australia who provide essential support for friends and family with disabling conditions are at high risk of developing mental health issues, and need more adequate support to avoid creating a further group of people with a disability, according to research being presented at the 48th APS Annual Conference in Cairns this week.

9 October 2013

Standing combats major health risk of too much sitting, expert says

Sitting for long periods of time has significant health risks, which are not reduced by the amount of physical exercise we do, and we need to find ways of incorporating more standing in our day-to-day lives, an expert will tell the APS Annual Conference in Cairns this week in delivery of the keynote presentation.

8 October 2013

Promising new treatment addresses amphetamine use

A new psychological treatment program for users of amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS) has been shown to reduce drug use and criminal offending, improve mental and physical health and improve executive brain function, an expert in drug use and mental health will tell the 48th APS Annual Conference in Cairns this week.

 

1 October 2013

IPCC report highlights urgent need to act on climate change to reduce threats to health and wellbeing, psychologists say

Psychologists at the Australian Psychological Society (APS) urge leaders to use the findings of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report as an urgent prompt for climate action to reduce climate impacts on health and wellbeing.

20 September 2013

Leading Aboriginal psychologist recognised at Deadlys

The Australian Psychological Society (APS) congratulates leading Aboriginal psychologist Professor Patricia Dudgeon FAPS on receiving the Deadly Award for Health at the recent Deadlys, the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Music, Sport, and Entertainment and Community Awards.

 

APS election releases

28 August 2013

Psychologists congratulate the Greens on mental health policy

The Australian Psychological Society (APS) congratulates the Australian Greens on their mental health policy, which includes important elements such as the restoration of sessions of psychological treatment under the Better Access initiative, a National Institute for Mental Illness Research, a National Suicide Prevention campaign, and increased funding for the Mental Health Nurse Incentive Program.

27 August 2013

Put mental health on the election agenda, psychologists

The Australian Psychological Society (APS), which represents more than 21,000 members, is calling on both major political parties to address the issue of services for people with mental health problems in the lead up to the election.

22 August 2013

Psychological tips to address racism
Individuals can make a difference but politics matters

Psychological research has revealed a number of effective strategies for fighting racism that can be actioned by individuals and organisations, according to Associate Professor Winnifred Louis MAPS and colleagues, from the University of Queensland.

19 July 2013

Grant set to increase number of Indigenous psychology students

The Federal Government’s Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) has awarded a $350,000 grant to a project that will increase the number of Indigenous psychology students and enhance psychologists ability to work effectively with Indigenous communities. 

 

5 July 2013

Organisations should ‘walk the talk’ of sustainability policies, expert says

Organisations should ‘walk the talk’ of their sustainability policies if they expect staff to engage in pro-environmental behaviour in their daily work, according to research being presented at the APS Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference in Perth this week.

4 July 2013

Research shows women more likely than men to change work to accommodate family demands

At times of work-family conflict men are more likely to treat work as a given and home-life as changeable, while women will try to change work to accommodate family demands, an expert will tell the APS Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference in Perth this week.

4 July 2013

Building a high performance culture through recognition

A recognition program grounded in psychological research can significantly improve employee productivity, satisfaction and engagement, according to an expert psychologist speaking at the APS Industrial and Organisational Psychology (IOP) Conference in Perth this week.

3 July 2013

Successfully getting employees “onboard” reduces staff turnover, expert says

Organisations that assist new employees to adjust to the social and performance aspects of their new jobs quickly and smoothly, a process known as onboarding, reap the long-term rewards of higher performing staff, greater organisational commitment and lower staff turnover, says an international expert presenting the keynote address at the Australian Psychological Society’s Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference in Perth this week.

20 June 2013

New survey shows cuts to mental health sessions hitting hard in 2013

A new survey by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) shows that cuts to Medicare-rebated psychology treatment sessions, applicable from January this year, are having a severe impact on the ability of people with mental health problems to access urgently required and appropriate treatment.

17 June 2013

APS applauds the establishment of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Advisory Group

The Australian Psychological Society (APS) today welcomed the Government announcement of the establishment of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Advisory Group (ATSIMHSPAG).

21 May 2013

Research shows Australians care about climate change – Psychologists respond to Andrew Bolt

Environmental psychologists from the Australian Psychological Society (APS) are urging respect for science ahead of misinformation. There is wide agreement across all domains of science that human activity is pushing carbon emissions to a dangerous level and that urgent action is required immediately to reduce emissions.

19 April 2013

New model available to help evaluate psychological injuries resulting from workplace harassment and discrimination


Psychological evaluation of alleged workplace injuries due to harassment and discrimination is a complex task but now there is a model which can increase the accuracy of assessments, according to a keynote speaker at the APS Forensic Psychology Conference in Freemantle this month.

 

5 April 2013

Trial shows ‘high tech’ approaches help reduce diabetes-related complications


As global rates of diabetes escalate, a new computerised self-care system for people with Type 2 diabetes has been shown to significantly improve diabetes control and mental health-related quality of life, a global health expert will tell the APS Health Psychology Conference in Cairns this week.

3 April 2013

Poor sleep linked to depression in young women


Young women in their early twenties who often experience sleeping difficulties are at five times the risk of developing depression in the following decade of their life, according to an expert psychologist speaking at the APS Health Psychology Conference in Cairns this week.

 

7 March 2013

Legal recognition vital to mental health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, say psychologists

The Australian Psychological Society (APS) welcomes the passing of the Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Act 2012 (on February 13, 2013) as a commitment and first step towards constitutional recognition.

 

APS 46th Annual Conference

21 February 2013

Talk-based therapies result in changes in the brain, expert says

Professor Pieter Rossouw MAPS, Director Master of Counselling Program, School of Psychology at The University of Queensland, says people can be helped to establish new neural (nerve) pathways in the brain to channel new ways of thinking, feeling and being.

21 February 2013

The need for end-of-life conversations

End-of-life conversations can improve quality of life and provide people dealing with an advanced illness with a much-needed sense of control, according to an expert psychologist speaking at the APS Counselling Psychology Conference in Melbourne this month.

 

11 January 2013

Psychological tips available to help bushfire-affected communities

The bushfires in recent days have been traumatic for many people in a number of communities in Tasmania and on the mainland.