Published Articles

Funding crisis hits mental health services

Australia’s top mental health groups say a funding crisis is forcing services to wind down and staff to quit.
31 March 2015

Mental health review done behind closed doors

The Federal Government has been accused of conducting its review of mental health services “under a cloud of secrecy” after refusing to release reports from the National Mental Health Commission.
03 December 2014

1 in 8 GP consults for mental health issues

GPs are doing the heaviest lifting to ease the burden of mental illness, as demand for treatment continues to soar, new figures show.
14 November 2014

Plan to cut disability pension under fire

Patients with severe mental illness will be more marginalised if plans to restrict the Disability Support Pension go ahead, Australia’s peak psychiatry body says.
02 September 2014

Govt urged to release ‘secret’ ATAPS data

The Department of Health has come under fire for hiding whether a multimillion-dollar psychological care program is succeeding in reaching those at most need.
28 November 2013

Mental health scheme fails to hit its target

A psychological care program that received a $31 million funding boost on the back of cuts to Better Access has failed considerably, the Department of Health's annual report reveals.
09 November 2013

Locals to oversee mental health care

Virtually all Medical Locals have won first-stage bids to co-ordinate the care of 24,000 patients with long-running mental health problems.
09 April 2013

GPs told to restrict ATAPS referrals

A Medicare Local has told its GPs to restrict the number of patients they refer to its ATAPS program to avoid a budget blow-out.
08 January 2013

Psychiatrists approve final DSM-5

After 12 years and much controversy, the American Psychiatric Association has approved the latest update to its 'bible', the DSM.
04 December 2012

GP confusion over Better Access calendar

A Victorian GP has hit out at Medicare’s system of allocating counselling sessions by “calendar year", describing it as misleading and unfair.
29 November 2012