Better Access funding must be assured for mental health consumers
The Australian Psychological Society (APS) congratulates the Federal Minister for Health on his announcement that 150 mental health programs will continue to receive funding for the 2014-15 financial year. In the lead-up to the Federal Budget, the APS is seeking a similar assurance for ongoing funding of the highly successful Better Access initiative.
Psychologists respond to latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report
Psychologists from the Australian Psychological Society (APS) are concerned about the psychological and social impacts of climate change as covered in the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report.
Reducing stigma a key to improving life for people with bipolar disorder
Reducing stigma is a key to helping people with bipolar disorder and ensuring that they access treatment that can help them manage symptoms and achieve a better quality of life, according to expert psychologists from the Australian Psychological Society.
28 March 2014
Research shows regular bedtimes and not just sleep length are important for children’s behaviour and wellbeing
28 March 2014
Young adults at risk of becoming entrenched in cyber-bullying, research shows
28 March 2014
Research shows teens feel further disengaged from school after suspension
Psychological intervention: Preferred option for dementia
Psychological and behavioural interventions should be the first line of response in aged care facilities for those residents suffering from dementia or depression, the Australian Psychological Society proposes.
Educating health professionals is a key step in closing the Indigenous wellbeing gap
The Australian Psychological Society (APS) is committed to Closing the Gap, particularly around Indigenous social and emotional wellbeing, and believes education is a key step to achieving this within a generation.
Psychologists call for a rethink of off-shore processing
The Australian Psychological Society (APS) fully supports an inquiry into the disturbing events at the Manus Island detention centre, and hopes the review will be undertaken independently, and that it will take advice from mental health experts.
Health policy experts hail “remarkable” increase in mental disorder treatment rates
The Federal Government’s Better Access mental health initiative, which enables access to Medicare-rebated psychological treatment, has resulted in a “remarkable” increase in treatment rates for mental disorders in Australia according to a new study by health policy experts.
Updated release as at 4.00pm Thursday 13 February
Urgent need to address excessive alcohol consumption in the community, say psychologists
The Australian Psychological Society (APS) is calling for more attention to be given to both the social consequences of alcohol misuse and its underlying causes after a recent spate of violent incidents fuelled by alcohol.
Sochi Winter Olympics: expert sport psychologists available for comment
Athletes, coaches and support staff prepare mentally for Sochi Olympic Games
As the Australian Olympic team finalise their preparations and get ready to compete at Sochi they will face many psychological challenges in order to deliver their best performances.
As the school year begins, parents and teachers must tackle student motivation if they want to increase student academic performance, says Professor Andrew Martin MAPS from the University of NSW.
More school counsellors in SA welcomed but employ qualified professionals, the APS urges
The Australian Psychological Society (APS) agrees wholeheartedly that more counselling services are needed in schools, but is concerned that services should be provided by appropriately trained and qualified psychologists.