#mentalhealth

Experts concerned over prescribing rate of antidepressants in Australia

Experts are concerned at the rising prescribing rate of antidepressants, with around one in seven Australians taking antidepressant medication every day.  In 2019, approximately 27 million prescriptions were given for antidepressants in Australia, 86% of those written by GP’s.  University of Adelaide professor and psychiatrist, Dr Jon Jureidini, says the main concern is these medications …

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Homeownership Linked to Subjective Wellbeing

Owning a home is something most Australians dream about, but new research suggests it also impacts your overall well-being. Curtin University researchers examined the impact of home ownership on subjective well-being and how it varies based on location, age, and income. Image: Image: Pexels/ Cottonbro Produced By: Fiona Bartholomaeus Featured In Story: Ryan Bierty- PhD …

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Calls for Increased TeleHealth Services in Regional and Remote Communities

As regional Australians continue to struggle with accessing quality healthcare, experts are urging providers to meet the rising demands for telehealth mental health services. Approximately 28% of Australia’s population live and work in geographically remote locations, with the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare reporting higher rates of hospitalisation, death, and injury as well as …

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WHO and UN call to end human rights abuses in mental health care

The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (UN) have jointly released a new report called “Mental health, human rights and legislation: guidance and practice”. The aim of the report is to support countries like Australia to reform laws to end human rights abuses and increase access to …

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Physical Activity Prevents Mental Health Problems

Latest findings from Australian researchers find physical activity could prevent future mental health cases in Australia. In Australia, the burden of depression and anxiety is large and growing, and has a significant impact on the global population, causing economic strain on individuals and health systems. The Wire’s Chloe White spoke with lead researcher of the …

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