Improving access to mental health services and support in rural communities is a priority for the Coalition Government, but it also requires support from other sectors and partners, said the Assistant Minister for Health, Fiona Nash. Speaking at the 6th Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium in Albury (NSW), Minister Nash said: “Improving mental…

Research to prevent, treat and manage mental illnesses has received a $38.5 million boost following the announcement of new National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grants. The grants cover a range of conditions including depression, bipolar disorder, anorexia and schizophrenia. While some of the grants are focused on developing new treatments, others focus on…

The National LGBTI Health Alliance is pleased to announce the commencement of the Lifeguard Project for Australian communities of gay men. Working with beyondblue and the Movember Foundation, the Alliance will foster a community conversation and educate gay men across Australia in an effort to tackle the alarming rates of depression, anxiety and suicide within…

Around 80,000 young Australians will benefit each year from the headspace programme with the locations of 15 new headspace centres now finalised. Health Minister Peter Dutton said today when the final 15 centres were operating there would a total of 100 headspace sites across the country. Mr Dutton said there would be five new sites…

For the first time in Australia, the Department of Human Services and HP Australia will work together with Danish company Specialist People Foundation to provide skilled employment for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Minister for Human Services Senator the Hon Marise Payne said an agreement between the three organisations, which will provide 12 candidates with…

This was one of the main findings of a report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). The report, Housing outcomes for groups vulnerable to homelessness: 1 July 2011 to 31 December 2013, looks at four cohorts of people who are vulnerable to homelessness-those experiencing domestic and family violence, young people…