Mental health a priority - Letter to the editor, The Age
Mental health is an issue that often draws media attention in response to a suicide or tragic incident. So it is refreshing to hear proactive calls for an increase in mental health funding as an investment: The Age; Mental health funding is a human investment 19 April 2016.
The Australian Psychological Society (APS) welcomes calls by The Age editorial to increase investment in mental health by increasing the number of sessions available under the Better Access to Mental Health initiative.
Climate change presents a growing risk to health, including mental health and wellbeing, according to the United States Global Change Research Program which has just released its report, The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment.
The Australian Psychological Society (APS) welcomes the recent report from the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence, and commends the Andrews Government’s commitment to implement all report recommendations in a timely manner.
The Australian Psychological Society (APS) says closing the mental-health and suicide gap between Indigenous and other Australians requires a bipartisan, long-term commitment to a dedicated Indigenous mental-health plan developed with Indigenous leadership
The Australian Psychological Society (APS) has added its voice to the concerns of peak health professional bodies about the Australian Government’s current detention policies and procedures. Wednesday’s High Court decision may have confirmed the technical legality of offshore detention, but the APS believes it is ultimately ineffective and indefensible to inflict enormous suffering on one group of desperate people in order to send a message of deterrence to others.
Psychologists can help individuals & organisations unlock their innovation potential
The Australian Psychological Society and the Heads of Departments of Schools of Psychology (HODSPA) welcomed the Prime Minister’s focus on innovation, announced in the Government’s Innovation Statement, saying that psychology could play a role in facilitating Australian innovation.
Psychologists support Commission’s call to protect children exposed to family violence
Children affected by family violence at risk of psychological and behavioural problems
The Australian Psychological Society (APS) welcomes the report from the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) examining how children are affected by family violence, and supports its recommendations.
The Australian Psychological Society (APS) welcomes today’s announcement by the Government of much-needed reform to the mental health system through a regionalised approach to deliver better tailored care to people with mental health problems.
Medical Colleges and peak health bodies in Australia and New Zealand are uniting today – the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women – to support the White Ribbon campaign to end men’s violence against women.
The Australian Psychological Society (APS) has called for mental health reform that provides for all Australians in its recent Budget submission to Government.
8 November 2015
The nation’s distressed turning to risky behaviours for stress management
Concerning number of Australians engaging in risky behaviours to manage stress; new survey
8 November 2015
Teens suffer highest rates of FOMO
New survey: Heavy use of social media impacting wellbeing of Australians
A new survey has confirmed heavy use of social media is impacting the wellbeing of Australians, particularly our teenagers.
8 November 2015
One-third of Australia stressed out
New survey: Rising levels of stress reported across the country over the past five years
New figures released today show the stress levels of the nation have risen over the past five years, with 35 per cent of Australians reporting a significant level of distress, and anxiety symptoms peaking this year.
The Australian Psychological Society (APS) supports the call of doctors at the Royal Children’s Hospital for all children and families in detention to be released into the community while their refugee status is determined and agrees that appropriate care cannot be provided in a detention environment.
As bushfire season approaches, it is important to support children who may be affected by threat of fire or by news and coverage of bushfires.
Psychologists from the Australian Psychological Society Disaster Reference Group have prepared some simple tips for carers.
29 September 2015
Social media at bedtime linked to poor sleep and poor mental health for teens
Teenagers with high social media use at bedtime suffer disturbed sleep, which in turn leads to depressed mood, according to new research being presented at the Australian Psychological Society’s 50th Annual Conference on the Gold Coast this week.
Improved access to psychological care for survivors of child sexual abuse vital
Psychologists respond to Royal Commission report
The Australian Psychological Society (APS) welcomes the report by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse on redress and civil litigation and supports the report’s recommendations.
There are effective strategies to combat racism and individual actions can make a difference, according to the Australian Psychological Society (APS).
The Australian Psychological Society (APS) urges the Government to implement all recommendations made in the recent Senate Inquiry’s report into domestic violence in Australia, but remains concerned that some important issues were not highlighted in the report recommendations.
The Australian Psychological Society (APS) welcomes the Senate Finance and Public Administration References Committee’s Domestic Violence in Australia report, which was handed down yesterday.
Psychologists are committed via their Code of Ethics to the principle that all Australians should be supported to achieve positive mental health and full social inclusion. The APS therefore supports full marriage equality for all people, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, on human rights, health and wellbeing grounds.
The National Ice Taskforce should focus on prevention and treatment rather than a solely punitive law enforcement approach, according to experts from the Australian Psychological Society (APS).
Australia’s peak health professional bodies are voicing collective concern about the appalling
secrecy provisions in the Australian Border Force Act 2015 which threaten jail for up to two
years for health and medical professional who disclose information about the conditions in
immigration Detention Centres.
The Australian Psychological Society (APS) is a strong supporter of Sorry Day and National Reconciliation Week.
“The APS is fully committed to taking material steps to reconcile the two Australias,” said APS President, Professor Mike Kyrios.
“The APS is taking reconciliation seriously and has a number of live projects underway to help our organisation reconcile with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.
APS Optimistic at Opportunity to Improve Mental Health Delivery
The Australian Psychological Society (APS) today provided its initial response to the National Mental Health Commission’s Mental Health Services report.
10 April 2015
Young boys should be targeted in body image programs, research shows
8 to 10 year old boys suffer body dissatisfaction, problem eating and exercise dependence – not just girls
Pre-adolescent boys and girls have differing body image issues, requiring gender specific programs, researchers will tell the APS College of Health Psychologists Conference in Sydney this week.
The APS today welcomed the announcement of continued funding for mental health services.
Existing services not able to adequately meet needs of survivors with complex trauma
Responding to media reports that a National Redress Scheme for victims of child sexual abuse may not receive Commonwealth funding, the Australian Psychological Society (APS) said existing services are simply not able to adequately meet the needs of survivors with complex trauma.
APS Developing Forced Adoptions Training resources to help treatment of victims
Tomorrow (March 30) marks the official opening of the National Archive’s Forced Adoptions History Project, which follows the second anniversary of the National Apology for Forced Adoptions on 21 March, first made in 2013.
APS to speak on psychological redress at public hearing into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
The Australian Psychological Society (APS) has been invited to speak on its submission to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse’s Consultation Paper on Redress and Civil Litigation, at a public hearing to be held on Thursday 26 March in Sydney.
In marking this year’s Close the Gap Day, the Australian Psychological Society (APS) says a plan dedicated to closing the mental health gap between Indigenous and other Australians is needed to address high rates of psychological distress, suicide and self-harm prevalent in Indigenous communities.
Responding to a new study on mental health service usage under Medicare published in the MJA, the Australian Psychological Society today said the findings show the Better Access initiative is working and needs to be expanded so that all Australians can access mental health treatment offered by psychologists.
Many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people are making employment choices based on fear of discrimination and personal safety, rather than good job fit, an expert will tell the APS College of Counselling Psychologists Conference in Melbourne this week.
Relationships damaged by infidelity can recover, and the work couples do in resolving the crisis can bring about real relationship improvements, an expert will tell the APS College of Counselling Psychologists Conference in Melbourne this week.
In the aftermath of Cyclone Marcia many people will be feeling traumatised; however, research shows most will be able to cope given the right mental and emotional support, according to disaster experts from the Australian Psychological Society.
The Australian Psychological Society (APS) welcomes the long-awaited release of the Australian Human Rights Commission’s report, The Forgotten Children, from its Inquiry into Children in Detention, and looks forward to the Government’s response.
Experts in disaster response and recovery available for comment
Recent bushfires have been traumatic for many people; however, research shows most will be able to cope given the right mental and emotional support, according to disaster experts from the Australian Psychological Society (APS).