Below is a selection of some of the main items of media coverage arising from NPW 2014.
NPW generated nation-wide media coverage, with an estimated 360 media pieces across print, television, online and radio outlets (including 240 radio news pieces) reporting findings from the APS Stress and Wellbeing survey, as well as APS member events, to highlight the contribution of psychology to community wellbeing.
40% of employees feeling stressed at work
‘Medicalising’ workplace stress could worsen staff morale, psychologists warn
Prevention is the issue: WorkCover Victoria denies a crisis in stress compo claims
Under the microscope; psychology in regional Queensland
Women impacted by stress more than men
The top 21 tactics used by Australians to manage stress
500,000 Australians suffer OCD but few seek help
Increasing office stress is smashing Australia's work-life balance
Women ‘feel more stressed than men’, which is taking a toll on our mental health
Women feeling stress more than men: survey
Australian men are finding this year less stressful than women
Lectures next week to help people cope with life’s stress
Psychologists want increased training in cultural competency
Family violence a form of 'intimate terrorism'
Mild brain trauma victims at risk of mental health problems, researchers warn
Psychology treatment reduces problem gambling
Psychologists concerned at growing income inequality
20 September, Nursing Careers Allied Health
John Crampton MAPS, a representative of the Executive of the College of Sport and Exercise Psychologists discusses mental health in sport
23 August 2014, Sydney Morning Herald,
Article on the workplace stress cites the APS Stress and Wellbeing Survey 2013
22 August 2014, News.com.au
Susie Burke FAPS on ABC Health providing advice on helping children cope with disasters like MH17
22 July 2014, ABC News online
Top 10 causes of stress for women at work
7 July 2014, Women’s Agenda
Psychologists warn lack of privacy may put students at risk
4 July 2014, Sydney Morning Herald
Conference Keynote Michael Yapko talking about his work with hypnosis, psychotherapies and the treatment of depression
Anxious kids suffer in silence - professor
Psychologists workshop emotional impact of stroke
Weaker laws may legitimise racist behaviour
27 April 2014, Sydney Morning Herald (+130 other outlets)
Unsuitable school fit linked with teen depression, study shows
Suspending students from school mostly a bad idea, research says
Schools out but cyberbullying is still in: survey
Medicare makes Aust a mental health leader | Herald Sun
17 February 2014, Herald Sun
The motivation to learn
12 February 2014, Life Matters (Radio National)
APS says schools need more psychologists
11 February 2014, Nursing Career Allied Health
Abbott says criticism over axing of Immigration Health Advisory Group is 'complete beat-up'
16 December 2014, ABC News online and ABC News 24
Stress rising: Young people worst off
Workplace stress on the rise, but not equally: Many men don’t feel supported in the workplace
Workplace stress increasing depression: Australian Psychological Society
Working Australians becoming more stressed: survey
Young Aussies are most stressed out: study
More stressed people going to shops: Australian Psychological Society
Australian workplaces failing to create a healthy environment
Patients keep GPs in the dark over serious heart-symptoms
Patients told to listen to their hearts not their heads
Coping with triggers best for headache
Carers are most unhappy Aussies: study
Family accommodation: living with someone with OCD
Screen time a factor in kids' weight woes
Childhood behaviour problems can predict mental health disorders
Screen time makes kids fat despite exercise
Plea for help to lift regional psychologist numbers
Public 'misread' on climate change
Sports drugs tempt teens
Doctors launch campaign to make smacking children illegal
26 July 2013, The Guardian
The science of success: When 'evidence-based' decisions aren't based on evidence at all
Best practices for new employee onboarding
Sleep disorders linked to depression in young women
Study calls for psychological screening of farmers with metabolic syndrome
Gambling ads in sport should be restricted
6 February 2013, The Age
Psychologists against dobbing in athletes who use substances
1 March 2013, The Australian
Depressed after two weeks: fears drug companies will target the grieving
Psychiatrists brand grief a mental illness
Grief: how mental illness complicates family grieving
Terminally ill urged to discuss options
Coping after suicide
Conference keynote Professor Dale Larson on end-of-life conversations
Counselling psychologist wants health professionals to break the silence
Dealing with bushfires' psychological aftermath
24 January 2013, ABC Central West NSW
Tips on coping with threat of bushfires
20 January 2013, The Age
Listen up worry warts, ruminating won't solve your problems
12 December 2012, The Conversation
Psychologists urge mind preparation for disaster survival
26 November, Nursing Allied Health
Abuse survivors flood helplines
24 November, The Canberra Times (+ 141 other sources)
APS continues to warn of the mental health dangers of detention
21 November, The Canberra Times (+ 163 other sources)
How to: beat green fatigue
6 November 2012, Green Lifestyle
Dr Susie Burke FAPS is featured in Green Lifestyle talking about why environmental campaigners may be suffering from green fatigue.
An argument for using science in the treatment of autism
16 November, Happy Child
National Psychology Week was launched with the release of the APS Stress and Wellbeing in Australia in 2012: A state-of-the-nation survey, which for the second successive year reported on Australian adults’ experiences of stress. Some of the online news highlights are below.
How to stop the stress
How To… Manage Stress As A Parent
It's all too much ... we're stressing over being healthy
Aussies stressed about health
Survey finds young adults still most stressed
Research emerging from the 47th Annual APS Conference received news coverage around Australia, with a number of stories receiving national and international syndication – some of the online news highlights are below.
Support the couple relationship of new parents, says expert 20 October 2012, news.com.au
Concern as eating disorders seen as desirable
Journalists frequently rely on psychological evidence for their news and feature stories. APS tips sheets, submissions, literature reviews and position statements are regularly cited in the media, some samples as below. In addition, interested online editors often commission pieces based on APS research or publications that are tailored to a mainstream audience.
Offshore processing gets a psychological rating
Monday 27 August, New Matilda
APS Fellow and Manager of Public Interest Heather Gridley draws on the APS Submission to the Government’s expert panel on asylum-seekers to rate the panel’s recommendations from a psychological perspective.
Psychologists say scrap offshore processing of asylum seekers
14 August 2012, The Daily Telegraph
What does “belief” in climate change really mean?
By APS Fellow Joseph Reser
Friday 10 August 2012, The Conversation
The Ugly Mind
4 May 2012, The Global Mail
Mad or bad? Expert witnesses and the Andres Breivik trial
By Dr Jack White FAPS
16 April 2012, The Conversation
Sexualisation damaging children
9 April 2012, Adelaide Advertiser
Disasters affect children too
18 March 2012, Canberra Times
Opponents flooding marriage survey
16 March 2012, Star Observer
People power is winning the battle for marriage equality
25 February 2012, Green Left
Boys aren't immune to body image pressures and never have been
By Associate Professor Lina Ricciardelli FAPS
8 February 2012, The Conversation
Feel manipulated, anxious — tune out the hype and learn to love your body
By Professor Susan Paxton MAPS
26 October 2011, The Conversation
Members of the APS College of Sport and Exercise Psychologists are contributing psychological expertise to Olympic commentary leading into and during the Olympics.
Lay off the social media, Olympians warned
7 August 2012, Australian Financial Review
Matt Ahlberg MAPS talks about the distraction potential of social media
Can ambition overcome the missiles fear of failing again
31 July 2012, Sydney Morning Herald
Sandy Gordon FAPS explains how to overcome negative thoughts to achieve Olympic success
Staying motivated despite defeat
31 July 2012, Sydney Moring Herald
Matt Ahlberg MAPS discusses how Olympic athletes can remain motivated in the face of defeat
Psychologists to help athletes focus on their Olympic performanc
Gene Moyle, Chair of the APS College of Sport and Exercise Psychologists, explains how sport and exercise psychologists help athletes deliver their optimum Olympic performance.
Family support crucial factor in abating anorexia
APS Fellow Erika Leonard talks about how alcohol relapse can be reduced using psychological strategies
ADHD – Why parents are hiding it
APS Fellow Tim Hannan explains the role of psychology in the assessment and treatment
Bipolar disorder is not all bad news
Research shows family-based therapy effective for anorexia
The impact of affairs
The June 2012 edition of In-Psych focussed on helping troubled children.
A media release on early identification initiatives for autism was developed from one of the articles, which generated media interest across radio and online.
View media release
Autism training vital for maternal – child health nurses, say psychologists
26 June 2012, Nursing Careers Allied Health
The APS supports the new Australian Government initiative of a health and wellbeing check for three-year-old children as the aim is to maximise normal development and resilience in children, and to deal with problems before children go to school.
The APS prepared a submission to the Joint Select Committee on Gambling Reform's Inquiry into problem gambling and presented to the hearing on May 14.
Gambling reform submission
The hearing generated media interest, particularly on radio.
Electronic gaming machines (pokies) are implicated in problem gambling
APS Fellow Heather Gridley, one of the authors of the submission, explains why pokies are a problem from a psychological perspective.
Loss of biodiversity has an impact on human communities as well as the natural environment. The Government sought input on ways to adapt to loss of diversity and the APS responded by preparing a written submission and presenting to the Inquiry in May.
APS submission to the Inquiry into Australia’ Biodiversity in a Changing Climate
Loss of biodiversity impacts us all
18 May 2012, openforum.com.au
Dr Susie Burke was invited to write a post on the topic for Open Forum.
The Australian Psychological Society Reconciliation Action Plan and the need for a coordinated National Indigenous Mental Health Plan were among the topics discussed by Dr Pat Dudgeon, FAPS, in an interview to mark National Close the Gap Day.
Interview with Dr Pat Dudgeon
1 April 2012, Speaking Out, ABC Radio
The APS has been providing advice to the community about preparing for, and recovering from, disasters via the APS Disaster Reference Group.
Disasters affect children too
March 18, 2012, Canberra Times
Tips on preparing children for Natural Disasters
2 December 2011, ABC Radio Brisbane, Mornings with Kate Leahy
The Australian Psychological Society made a submission to the Federal Government ahead of the 2012-13 Budget — The Treasurer called for Budget submissions by January 28. The Submission proposed a cost effective alternative to slashing the Better Access scheme, called for increased psychological services in the aged care and disability sectors, an increase in the psychology workforce and early intervention for chronic disease.
A number of proposals contained within the submission have attracted media coverage.
Industry push for slice of federal budget (the APS calls for neurospyschological assessments)
16 April 2012, Aged Care INsite
Warning on mental health provision
30 January 2012, The Canberra Times
Psychologists target Treasurer for aged care funds
19 January, Australian Ageing Agenda
Obesity the new smoking?
10 January 2012, Food Magazine
Psychologists suggest compromise on Medicare rebate
5 January 2012, The Australian
Call to utilise psychology to help people struggling with obesity
4 January 2012, The Canberra Times
Our obesity issue the 'new smoking'
5 January 2012, the Canberra Times (Editorial)
The APS launched a campaign against the reduction in the number of allowable sessions of psychological treatment under the Better Access initiative, announced in the 2011 Federal Budget in May. This has included the preparation and distribution of four media releases (see media release link on right) and Professor Lyn Littlefield has undertaken a number of interviews in high-profile publications and on national radio broadcasts to outline the APS position, and to propose a cost-effective solution to the changes, in order to protect vulnerable Australians – recent samples below.
Service to meets needs of vulnerable
13 February 2012, La Trobe Valley Express
Psychologists suggest compromise on Medicare rebate
5 January 2012, The Australian
Psychologists protesting at cuts to mental health programs
5 December 2011, The Australian
The APS outlines impact of cuts to Better Access
5 November 2011, ABC Radio, Kimberley
Interview with Professor Lyn Littlefield on Better Access cuts
4 November 2011, ABC Radio National PM program
This story was syndicated across 30 ABC radio stations in both metro and regional areas, from remote areas of Australia (e.g., Katherine, Broken Hill and Capricornia ) to cities, including Sydney and Hobart.
How to beat the back to school blues
23 January 2012, Sydney Morning Herald (this story was syndicated in The Age and a number of local Fairfax papers)
The APS runs the KidsMatter Transition to School initiative, funded by the Department of Health & Ageing, bringing together the latest research and best practice to assist children and families make a successful move to school.
The Australian Psychological Society has endorsed a recent resolution of the American Psychological Association calling for marriage equality for those in same-sex relationships, on health and wellbeing grounds. The announcement of the endorsement attracted media coverage in Australia and internationally.
Psychologists urge support of same-sex marriage as beneficial to mental health
23 December 2011, The Australian
The keynote presentations were the focus of the media campaign for the annual APS College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists Conference in Melbourne.
Focusing on strengths to teach children with learning disabilities
7 December 2011, Happy Child
US special education expert Professor Nancy Mather says identifying children’s strengths and creating opportunities for success is the key to treating children with learning disorders.
During National Psychology Week the Australian Psychological Society launched the findings from the APS Stress and Well-being in Australia in 2011: A state of the nation survey, which achieved wide media pick up with around 150 media items appearing on radio, TV, online and in print (as of 17 November).
A number of media initiatives on behalf of Colleges and Member Groups were also successful.
Stress survey: to be young is to be troubled
14 November, Herald Sun
A study by the Australian Psychological Society of 1500 Australians has found that one in eight adults has severe stress, with those aged 18 to 25 more stressed and depressed than any other age group.
Stress affects young people most
14 November, Canberra Times
Results of the Australian Psychological Society's Stress and Wellbeing in Australia in 2011 survey have shown that young adults aged 18 to 25 are the most stressed in the nation.
Students struggle for balance
15 November, Byron Shire News
Regional publications also picked up the survey story.
16 November, NSW Department of Health
Kevin Humphries, Minister for Mental Health and Healthy Lifestyles, urged NSW residents to ‘stress less’ during National Psychology Week.
Creating a stress free workplace
16 November, ABC Adelaide
For NPW, the APS Branch in South Australia hosted an event about workplace resilience with one of their expert members that was used to raise funds for the SalvoPsych initiative in SA.
What women worry about
20 November, Body & Soul, Sunday Herald Sun
Also syndicated in Sunday Telegraph, Sunday Times (WA), Sunday Mail (Adelaide), Sunday Tasmanian, Sunday Mail (Brisbane)
Young workers more stressed than ever
20 November, Body & Soul online
The focus of the media campaign for the 17th Annual APS College of Clinical Neuropsychologists Conference was the topic of healthy brain ageing. Eminent US researcher, Professor Yaakov Stern, presented at the symposium: Optimising Healthy Brain Ageing and his work received a high level of media interest, including some samples as below.
Stay active to build brain power: expert
1 November, Sydney Morning Herald
Use your brain to fight dementia
1 November, Topnews New Zealand
Start Depositing in your brain bank
3 November 2011, Straits Times, Singapore
A double edged sword
3 November 2011, Australian Ageing Agenda
Children need disaster support
29 October 2011, Lilydale and Yarra Valley Leader
Dr Susie Burke, a senior psychologist in the public interest team at the APS, offer insights into preparing children for disasters.
Over 130 media items across 20 different Conference topics ran on radio, TV, in print and online, reaching as estimated audience of 5.7 million people
Good outcomes for patients with psychologists in GP practice
5 October 2011, the Medical Observer
APS psychologist Dr Robyn Vines says co-locating psychologists in general practice promotes collaborative healthcare and leads to better patient outcomes.
Focus on community after natural disaster
5 October 2011, Perth Now
Leading US psychologist Prof Krzysztof Kaniasty— who delivered a keynote address to the 46th APS Annual National Conference— says maintaining strong social ties in the aftermath of a natural disaster helps people overcome trauma.
Lack of sleep linked to depression in new mothers
6 October 2011, Nine News
New mothers who get less than six hours of sleep a night face an increased risk of post-natal depression compared with mothers who regularly sleep longer, according to research presented at the 46th APS Annual National Conference.
Young people fail to keep appointments with health professionals
7 October 2011, Geelong Advertiser
APS Fellow Professor Debra Rickwood says mental health services are most needed among young people, yet one in four fail to keep appointments with mental health services.
The great childcare dilemma
10 October 2011, Perth Now
Research presented at the 46th APS Annual National Conference shows that stay-at-home parents are a little happier and less stressed than those who choose to put their children in care.
Positive outcomes for seniors in retirement villages
17 October 2011, Aged Care INsite
People who relocate to a retirement village feel more secure and have an improved social life, according to preliminary research presented at the 46th APS Annual National Conference.
As all the evidence supports the mental health harms associated with detention, the Australian Psychological Society, along with other key health and mental health groups, has been campaigning against detention of refugees and asylum-seekers.
Mental health experts criticise detention
18 August 2011, Australian Associated Press (AAP)
This story was syndicated widely, including in the Courier Mail and the Sydney Morning Herald.
Mental health care 'compromised' by detention contracts
29 August, 2011 ABC North West WA
Mental health professional groups, including the Australian Psychological Society, have again criticised the level of care offered in Australia's immigration detention centres.
Mental health standards needed in detention centres
9 September 2011, The Drum
Detention centres are failing to meet adequate standards of care, says Amanda Gordon, a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society and former APS president, who takes up the issue in this online opinion piece.
Detention of mentally ill must end
28 October, Ninemsn.com.au