12 December 2005

Psychologists warn against mob reaction
Depression in males is often complicated by feelings of shame and guilt, and a concern that others should perceive them as weak, according to the President of the Australian Psychological Society, Amanda Gordon.
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2 December 2005

Death sentence may cause grief for some
The Australian Psychological Society (APS) acknowledges the profound loss and grief of the family, friends and supporters of Van Nguyen, and extends their heartfelt sympathy.
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21 November 2005

Violence against women is men’s problem
The unacceptably high rate of violence against women is essentially a men’s problem and men need to take the lead in solving it according to psychologists. “Most of the violence against women is done by men and too often other men witness it or know about it but let it happen,” says Dr Bob Montgomery, Director of Communications for the Australian Psychological Society.
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10 November 2005

Strategies for coping in a climate of fear
Psychologists are concerned by the level of fear and anxiety generated by recent media coverage of potential terrorist attacks in Australia. Amanda Gordon, President of The Australian Psychological Society, says people should look after themselves and find ways of managing their anxiety, but also ensure they keep the threat in perspective to guard against overreacting.
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3 November 2005

Active ageing – what’s all the fuss about? Federal Minister opens First Biennial Psychology of Ageing Conference
The Federal Minister for Ageing, The Honorable Julie Bishop, whose portfolio includes key issues associated with healthy ageing, will formally open the First Biennial Conference on the psychology of ageing: Informing clinical interventions, on 4 November 2005. The conference is sponsored by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.
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20 October 2005

Psychologists are an underutilised resource for mental health
Australia’s psychologists are not being used effectively in the treatment of mental illness, according to the Australian Psychological Society, the profession’s peak national body.
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6 October 2005

Removing prisoners’ voting rights a backward step
Australian psychologists have expressed great concern regarding the proposal to not allow prisoners to vote in elections, labeling it as a backward step.
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6 October 2005

National Psychology Week – it’s Good Thinking! (Media alert)
Good thinking is the key to good living and good health. During National Psychology Week, to be held from 6 – 12 November 2005, psychologists throughout Australia will showcase the ways that psychology can make a difference to the quality of people’s lives.
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1 October 2005

Aussie teens turn to Internet for e-motional healing
In a paper to be presented at today’s conference, results from the first Australian study into adolescents’ use of Internet-based mental health services will be examined. In one of the largest studies of its kind, 17,000 year 10 students from South Australia were surveyed about their use of the Internet to seek counselling and advice for personal problems.
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1 October 2005

Will the mouse replace the couch as the psychologist’s tool of choice?
New research reveals Australians are taking to e-therapy in their droves. Research launched today reveals Australians are increasingly turning to the Internet to seek advice on relationships, stress, depression and personal growth.
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1 October 2005

Combined treatments may offer new hope for troubled children
Children with psychological problems, such as anxiety or antisocial behaviour, may be better helped by integrating psychological and biological treatments, predicts Professor Mark Dadds from the University of New South Wales.
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30 September 2005

Survivors of war and genocide living in Australia experience shared nightmare
A new study conducted by a Melbourne-based psychologist has revealed survivors of the Balkan wars experience an almost identical nightmare dream sequence. The study of more than 200 Yugoslavs from three distinct ethnic groups revealed an eerily similar scenario of running from a pursuing enemy who turns out to be a once-trusted neighbour.
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30 September 2005

Homeless youths from Melbourne’s East at higher than average risk of suicide
Disenfranchised young people in Melbourne’s outer Eastern region are at higher than average risk of committing suicide than other Melbourne teenagers according to the results of a survey to be launched today.
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30 September 2005

Condolences and religious sentiment cool comfort to families bereaved by suicide
In a paper to be presented at the 40th Annual Conference of the Australian Psychological Society, psychologists will identify the most effective strategies for supporting bereaved families of suicide victims.
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29 September 2005

Will the Internet change the way we access psychological therapy?
Self-help approaches to psychological therapy are not new; just visit your local bookstore to see the array of publications available for purchase. However, research has shown that to be effective, self-help requires some kind of guidance and in the past this has usually been in the form of telephone support. Will the Internet change the way we approach self-help?
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28 September 2005

Psychological well-being and health: what are the connections?
Although psychologists have contributed greatly to our understanding of mental illness and mental disorders, far less is known about what it means to be psychologically healthy. At the Australian Psychological Society’s 40th Annual Conference in Melbourne this week, Professor Carol Ryff from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA, will discuss what psychological well-being entails.
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27 September 2005

Terrible twos seem tame compared to the terrible teens
For generations teenagers have been labelled lazy, out-of-control and angst-ridden. However, Australian psychologists will tell you there are underlying reasons teens can seem lazy, out-of-control, and angst-ridden. Presenting at the 40th Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference, researchers offer new insight and hope to the age-old issue of teenage-angst.
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27 September 2005

Later school classes to curb sleep-deprived, moody teens
Schools should start classes later in the day to curb moody teens according to a recent Australian study. Psychologist Suzanne Warner led a study of moody senior secondary students and their sleep patterns and found that most teens were much more productive and approachable later in the day – giving rise to the notion that teenagers are in fact ‘night owls’.
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23 September 2005

Key Media Opportunities: 40th Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference, 28 September – 2 October 2005

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17 August 2005

Victorian Government has it right
The Australian Psychological Society today endorsed the recommendation by the Victorian Government to spread the health care workload among other health professionals to tackle Australia’s shortage of doctors.
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16 August 2005

Mental toughness equals performance excellence
Mental toughness is regarded as one of the most important psychological factors associated with achieving performance excellence in any sport. Dr Sandy Gordon, The University of Western Australia, will present recent research related to mental toughness and discuss how it can be developed among coaches, athletes, officials and others, at the ISSP 11th World Congress of Sport Psychology in Sydney this week.
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16 August 2005

Walk your way to health
Exercise psychologists believe that a focus on walking as a key mode of activity can help to increase physical activity levels in the population and thus improve physical and mental health.
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15 August 2005

The mindset of a champion
There are things that distinguish great athletes—champions—from others. Most of the sports world thinks it’s their talent, but Dr Carol Dweck from Stanford University will argue that it’s their mindset.
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12 August 2005

Promoting Health & Performance for Life
ISSP 11th World Congress of Sport Psychology
15 - 19 August 2005
Do we really understand the mindset of a champion?What makes our top athletes tick?What can business learn from sport? The 11th World Congress of Sport Psychology to be held this month from 15 - 19 August 2005 at the Convention Centre in Darling Harbour, Sydney will help answer these and many other questions about sport and psychology.
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11 July 2005

Working with us mob: Psychology in an indigenous context
Working in an indigenous context is the focus of the Northern Territory Branch of the Australian Psychological Society’s 8th Annual Conference from 14 – 16 July 2005 at Charles Darwin University, Darwin.
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8 July 2005

Protect your children from the trauma of terrorism
The Australian Psychological Society (APS) is today warning parents to protect their children from the trauma of terrorism. Graphic images of bomb wreckage and injured people along with stories of death and destruction are very difficult for children to tolerate.
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20 June 2005

How to beat the blues this winter!
Socialise, exercise and aim for a daily dose of outdoor light to help beat the blues this winter, according to the Australian Psychological Society.
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17 June 2005

Psychologists warn of greater risk to men from drought stress
The Australian Psychological Society is warning that men are at greater risk from the stress of the drought because of their reluctance to ask for help.
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8 June 2005

Drug problems need a range of solutions
Australian psychologists are calling for recognition of the complexity of drug problems, at both individual and community levels, and therefore the need for a range of research-based solutions, rather than the over-simple approaches often adopted.
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12 May 2005

PM must act on detainee mental health
Australia's peak mental health professional groups today call on the Prime Minister to restate his Government’s commitment to the National Standards for Mental Health Services and to implement them at all detention centres. This is a joint media release from:

  • Mental Health Council of Australia
  • Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
  • Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
  • Australian & New Zealand College of Mental Health Nurses
  • Multicultural Mental Health Australia
  • Australian Psychological Society
  • Australian College of Psychological Medicine
  • Australian Association of Social Workers
  • Catholic Health Australia

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11 May 2005

Work good for people with disabilities
The Australian Psychological Society has welcomed the Federal Government’s intention to encourage people with disabilities to join the workforce, as announced in last night’s budget, but warns that long-term support must be provided to ensure this change does not become a repeat of deinstitutionalisation.
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5 May 2005 - Media alert

Victorian State Conference – 6-7 May 2005
How can compassion help those suffering with chronic illness, social isolation or emotional pain? This conference will examine the theme of compassion related to families and individuals including school children, asylum seekers and the chronically ill. Obstacles to compassion will also be explored in relation to working with people who have committed serious crimes.
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8 February 2005

Cornelia Rau mistaken detention highlights flaws in understanding of mental illness
The mistaken detention of Cornelia Rau, a mentally ill woman, in prison and in an immigration detention centre, has highlighted the deficiencies in our community’s knowledge, understanding and response to people who have a mental illness or who exhibit emotional distress, according to the Australian Psychological Society (APS).
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27 January 2005

Abuse and torture of kittens alarming
The recent incidents of kitten torture are alarming for several reasons according to the APS. Associate Professor Eleonora Gullone, Chairperson of the APS Interest Group Psychologists for the Promotion of Animal Welfare, says psychological research has consistently shown a link between cruelty to animals and violent behaviour toward humans as well as criminal behaviour generally.
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11 January 2005

How to help kids cope with disaster: Ten tips from Save the Children
The horrible images of death and destruction following the earthquake and tsunami that has killed more than 160,000 people and devastated tens of thousands of communities in south and south east Asia and affected Eastern Africa are having an impact on Australian children and young people as well.
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10 January 2005

Timing critical in trauma counselling
The Australian Psychological Society is calling on its members to make themselves available to assist with trauma counselling following the tsunami tragedy. The Society is liaising with government and other aid agencies to develop a coordinated response to the disaster and warns of the dangers of rushing in too soon.
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