Experts in disaster response and recovery available for comment
Recent bushfires have been traumatic for many people; however, research shows most will be able to cope given the right mental and emotional support, according to disaster experts from the Australian Psychological Society (APS).
The Australian Psychological Society (APS) today said that mentally preparing for a natural disaster, like a bushfire or severe storm, is as important as a household disaster plan or preparing a property.
Indigenous mental health must be made a priority, say psychologists
The Australian Psychological Society (APS) says Indigenous mental health must be addressed as a priority to stem the worsening rates of psychological distress, suicide and self-harm that has been highlighted in the Government’s “Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage” (IOD) report, released on 19 November 2014
9 November 2014
National Psychology Week 2014: Stress and wellbeing in Australia survey released
Men less stressed in new survey
Australian women experiencing higher levels of stress and lower levels of wellbeing than men
Released today to launch National Psychology Week (9-15 November) the Stress and Wellbeing in Australia survey 2014, conducted by the Australian Psychological Society (APS), found that, for the first time, men have significantly higher levels of wellbeing than women.
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Mental health issues are common among school-aged children and young people and they require expert care from trained mental health professionals, according to the Australian Psychological Society (APS).
50% of people with mental illness still missing out on services.
Boost to mental health funding and services needed: Australian Psychological Society
The Australian Psychological Society (APS) is calling for a boost in mental health funding and an increase in services this Mental Health Week (5-12 October 2014), as figures show that 50 per cent of people with a mental illness are still not receiving treatment
3 October 2014
The stigma of eating disorders is prolonging the illness for manyMost people with eating disorders report being stigmatised, and this is associated with greater eating disorder symptoms, a longer lasting illness, and more reluctance to seek the psychological help needed, according to new research being presented at the APS Annual Conference in Hobart next week.
1 October 2014
Suicide specific websites may reduce suicide riskOnline self-help programs can be effective in helping manage suicidal thoughts, and reducing suicide risk, an expert will tell the Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference in Hobart this week.
30 September 2014
Therapy effective in reducing problem gambling, research shows
With an average of four to five sessions of therapy, problem gamblers can expect to see significant improvements not only in severity of gambling, but to levels of depression, anxiety, capacity to work and social functioning, according to new research being presented at the APS Annual Conference in Hobart this week.
30 September 2014
Psychology must help close the mental health gap
Income inequality linked to poor health outcomes for disadvantaged Australians
Government Inquiry to hold public hearing today
Growing income inequality in Australia is having a detrimental impact on the mental health and wellbeing of already disadvantaged individuals and communities, the Australian Psychological Society (APS) has said in its recent submission to the Government’s Community Affairs Reference Committee Inquiry into the Extent of Income Inequality in Australia, which is holding a public hearing today in Hobart.
Families of children released into community should remain intact
The Australian Psychological Society (APS) welcomes the Government’s announcement that children under the age of ten will soon be released from onshore immigration detention into the community, but urges that children on Nauru also be released, and that families be kept together.
Improving workplace culture brings business benefits
Creating a positive and supportive workplace culture will bring business benefits, according to the team from the Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program (PHWP) who will take this message to the Australian Human Resources Institute National Convention (AHRI) in Melbourne this week (19 - 21 August).
Australian sport could have done a better job in supporting Ian Thorpe throughout his career, say sports psychologists
Elite and aspiring athletes should be provided with psychological support throughout their careers according to sport psychologists from the Australian Psychological Society (APS) College of Sport and Exercise Psychologists.
20 June 2014
Hypnosis enhances treatments for depression, expert says
Hypnosis can increase the effectiveness of psychological treatments for depression, an expert will tell the Australian Psychological Society’s (APS) College of Clinical Psychologists Conference in Melbourne today.
20 June 2014
Anxiety disorders in children often go unrecognised, says expert
One or two children in every Australian classroom (5%) suffer a clinical anxiety disorder that significantly interferes with their life, yet it often goes unrecognised by parents and children are missing out on the mental health treatment they need, an expert will tell the APS College of Clinical Psychologists Conference in Melbourne today.
19 June 2014
Chronic pain can be managed for quality of life, says expert
More than 35 million lost work days each year are attributed to chronic pain - which affects 1 in 5 Australians at any one time, at a cost of $34 billion per year - but psychological interventions would reduce the burden, a pain expert will tell the Australian Psychological Society (APS) College of Clinical Psychologists Conference in Melbourne this week.
19 June 2014
Adult treatment for eating disorders also helps adolescents study shows
A successful treatment for adults with eating disorders is now showing promising early results with adolescents, according to a leading clinical psychologist presenting this week at the Australian Psychological Society (APS) College of Clinical Psychologists Conference in Melbourne.
19 June 2014
Hope for sufferers of Borderline Personality Disorder
Borderline Personality Disorder, which is associated with high risk of self-harm and suicide, can be treated with Group Schema Therapy (GST) with several studies now showing full recovery in 80% of cases, experts will tell the Australian Psychological Society (APS) College of Clinical Psychologists Conference in Melbourne this week.
13 June 2014
Interview opportunities: Australian Psychological Society
The APS urges action to boost employee mental health and wellbeing
The Australian Psychological Society (APS), a partner in the Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance, is supporting the call today for organisations to take action to create workplaces that promote mental health and wellbeing as part of the ‘Heads Up’ campaign.
Grandparents who are the primary carers of children need greater legal, financial, psychological and social supports and services similar to those provided to foster families, the Australian Psychological Society (APS) will tell the Senate Community Affairs Reference Committee’s Inquiry into grandparents who take primary responsibility for raising their grandchildren, when it appears before the Inquiry today.
The APS does not support proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act and will argue against the proposed amendment to the Act in its upcoming submission on the Government’s Exposure Draft.
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.
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.
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.
28 March 2014
Research shows regular bedtimes and not just sleep length are important for children’s behaviour and wellbeing
28 March 2014
Young adults at risk of becoming entrenched in cyber-bullying, research shows
28 March 2014
Research shows teens feel further disengaged from school after suspension
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.