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9 April 2014

Better Access funding must be assured for mental health consumers

The Australian Psychological Society (APS) congratulates the Federal Minister for Health on his announcement that 150 mental health programs will continue to receive funding for the 2014-15 financial year. In the lead-up to the Federal Budget, the APS is seeking a similar assurance for ongoing funding of the highly successful Better Access initiative.

1 April 2014

Psychologists respond to latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report

Psychologists from the Australian Psychological Society (APS) are concerned about the psychological and social impacts of climate change as covered in the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report.

30 March 2014

Reducing stigma a key to improving life for people with bipolar disorder

Reducing stigma is a key to helping people with bipolar disorder and ensuring that they access treatment that can help them manage symptoms and achieve a better quality of life, according to expert psychologists from the Australian Psychological Society.

APS 46th Annual Conference

28 March 2014

Research shows regular bedtimes and not just sleep length are important for children’s behaviour and wellbeing

Inconsistent bedtimes have a significant effect on children’s daytime behaviour, according to study to be presented at Australian Psychological Society Educational and Developmental Psychology Conference being held in Melbourne this week.

28 March 2014

Young adults at risk of becoming entrenched in cyber-bullying, research shows

A recent survey of young Victorian adults that reveals over ten per cent (10%) experience cyber-bullying as either perpetrator or victim, and that family conflict is a risk factor for both, will be presented at the APS Educational and Developmental Psychology Conference in Melbourne this week.

28 March 2014

Research shows teens feel further disengaged from school after suspension

Suspending adolescents from school does not resolve the issues that lead to suspension and is linked to low school commitment, reduced supportive teacher relationships and greater levels of problem behaviour, according to research being presented at the APS Educational and Developmental Psychology Conference in Melbourne this week. 

27 March 2014

Psychological intervention: Preferred option for dementia

Psychological and behavioural interventions should be the first line of response in aged care facilities for those residents suffering from dementia or depression, the Australian Psychological Society proposes.

20 March 2014

Educating health professionals is a key step in closing the Indigenous wellbeing gap

The Australian Psychological Society (APS) is committed to Closing the Gap, particularly around Indigenous social and emotional wellbeing, and believes education is a key step to achieving this within a generation.

24 February 2014

Psychologists call for a rethink of off-shore processing

The Australian Psychological Society (APS) fully supports an inquiry into the disturbing events at the Manus Island detention centre, and hopes the review will be undertaken independently, and that it will take advice from mental health experts. 

13 February 2014

Health policy experts hail “remarkable” increase in mental disorder treatment rates

The Federal Government’s Better Access mental health initiative, which enables access to Medicare-rebated psychological treatment, has resulted in a “remarkable” increase in treatment rates for mental disorders in Australia according to a new study by health policy experts.

Updated release as at 4.00pm Thursday 13 February

6 February 2014

Urgent need to address excessive alcohol consumption in the community, say psychologists

The Australian Psychological Society (APS) is calling for more attention to be given to both the social consequences of alcohol misuse and its underlying causes after a recent spate of violent incidents fuelled by alcohol.

5 February 2014

Sochi Winter Olympics: expert sport psychologists available for comment

Athletes, coaches and support staff prepare mentally for Sochi Olympic Games

As the Australian Olympic team finalise their preparations and get ready to compete at Sochi they will face many psychological challenges in order to deliver their best performances.

3 February 2014

Student motivation key to academic performance and strong start to school year, says expert

As the school year begins, parents and teachers must tackle student motivation if they want to increase student academic performance, says Professor Andrew Martin MAPS from the University of NSW.

31 January 2014

More school counsellors in SA welcomed but employ qualified professionals, the APS urges

The Australian Psychological Society (APS) agrees wholeheartedly that more counselling services are needed in schools, but is concerned that services should be provided by appropriately trained and qualified psychologists.