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Online therapies can improve mental health, and there are no barriers to accessing them

  Digital approaches mean people can access therapies from their own home. From shutterstock.com Sebastian Rosenberg, Australian National University and Ian Hickie, University of Sydney In recent weeks, the Medicare Benefits Schedule Review Tasforce’s Mental Health Reference Group published its report and recommendations, part of a wide-ranging review of services subsidised by Medicare. They recommended…

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If we’re to have another inquiry into mental health, it should look at why the others have been ignored

Despite numerous inquiries and hundreds of recommendations in mental health over the years, little has changed. from www.shutterstock.com Sebastian Rosenberg, Australian National University and Ian Hickie, University of Sydney Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has promised to hold a royal commission into mental health if Labor wins the November state election. Last week’s announcement comes a…

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Government Announces Mental Health Funding Boost

The Turnbull government has announced a significant funding boost for mental health services in Australia, pledging $34 million to Lifeline and $4 million for tailored mental health support for Australians from multicultural backgrounds. Health Minister Greg Hunt said on Sunday that the government would provide $33.8 million to Lifeline, to allow the telephone crisis service…

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