Prepare your mind, not just your house, for disasters this summer
Red Cross and the Australian Psychological Society have published a psychological preparedness guide to help people manage the emotional challenges of living through a disaster.
23 November 2012
Expert warns childhood brain injury can have long-term effects
Children who have suffered a significant head injury are much more likely to have long-term psychological and social problems, according to a neuropsychologist who will be speaking at the Australian Psychological Society Clinical Neuropsychology Annual Conference in Launceston this weekend.
Independent asylum-seeker health panel vital, psychologists to tell Govt
The establishment of an independent immigration detention health panel is vital, according to the Australian Psychological Society (APS), which will present to a Government Senate Committee on the issue this week.
11 November 2012
Staying fit and healthy stressing out Australians
Funding cuts will deny effective treatment to people with serious mental health disorders
Many thousands of Australians with serious depression and anxiety disorders will be denied access to effective psychological treatment when Government funding cuts to the Better Access Medicare initiative are activated on 1 January 2013 without any viable alternatives.
29 September 2012
Brain scans convince us but behavioural measures more relevant, says expert
29 September 2012
Reducing stress on premature babies aids brain development, study shows
28 September 2012
Training in self control may help high performers overcome anxiety
Sports people and other high achievers could benefit from training in how to control their concentration in order to beat performance-related anxiety, according to a leading psychologist presenting at the 47th APS Annual Conference.
27 September 2012
Improved exposure therapy key to overcoming fears and phobias, psychologist says
A new approach to programs to combat fears and phobias will increase their effectiveness over the long term, according to research being presented at the 47th Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference in Perth.
27 September 2012
Public perception of eating disorders clouded by false beliefs, study shows
26 September 2012
Support – not pay – the key to school Principals’ performance, psychological study shows
26 September 2012
APS President to launch report examining future of psychology in Australia
25 September 2012
Screening can help identify first-time parents likely to experience difficulties
25 September 2012
Focus on psychological health to improve the workplace
24 September 2012
Event alert: Launch of the Australian Psychological Society Reconciliation Action Plan, Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, Saturday 29 September, 3.30pm
Human cost of offshore processing is too high, psychologists warn
Substantially increasing Australia’s refugee intake as a matter of urgency is a positive step that could help prevent vulnerable people boarding unsafe boats and ending up in remote offshore locations, according to the Australian Psychological Society (APS).
Wednesday 28 June 2012
People with post-traumatic stress disorder missing out on treatment
Wednesday 27 June 2012
Research shows family-based therapy effective for anorexia
26 June 2012
Reduce alcohol relapse rates with changes to treatment, says expert
Autism shows first signs in under-twos but more funding needed to aid diagnosis
Warning signs of autism spectrum disorders can now be identified in the second year of life, increasing the likelihood of children receiving early treatment to help them to overcome the social, behavioural and cognitive difficulties associated with these conditions, according to a psychologist specialising in the area.
Children’s problems can predict adult mental health issues - but a solution is at hand
Conduct problems in children are the single most reliable early indicator of adult mental health problems, according to an Australian psychologist and internationally recognised expert in child behaviour research.
Quality of parenting – not sexuality of parents – key to children’s wellbeing
Research conducted over many years has confirmed that the children of same-sex couples have similar levels of wellbeing to those raised by heterosexual parents, according to the Australian Psychological Society.
Urgent regulation needed to reduce pokie-fuelled problem gambling, say psychologists
Electronic Gaming Machines (EGMs), known as pokies, are a major contributor to problem gambling and they should be regulated to reduce gambling harm to the community, according to the Australian Psychological Society (APS).
Online suicide prevention training program launched
An online training program designed to provide allied health professionals with the skills and knowledge to work effectively with people at risk of suicide or serious self-harm was launched today in Brisbane by the Minister for Mental Health and Ageing.
Loss of biodiversity impacts on people and communities too, say psychologists
Environmental degradation and the accompanying loss of biodiversity have an impact on human health and well-being and only a holistic approach will assist both people and natural environments to adapt to that change, according to a recent Australian Psychological Society (APS) submission to the Government.
Psychologists call for funds to assist with e-health roll out
Psychologists and other allied health providers require assistance to become e-health compliant in time for the program launch, scheduled for July 1, according to the Australian Psychological Society (APS).
Improved diagnosis and effective services can reduce the impact of dementia
Accurate diagnosis of neurological and psychological conditions suffered by older people, including dementia, is key to reducing both the suffering and the costs associated with these disorders, according to the Australian Psychological Society (APS).
Time for action on Indigenous mental health
Indigenous mental health continues to be overlooked, despite worrying statistics, according to a leading Aboriginal psychologist and member of the Government’s new National Mental Health Commission, speaking ahead of Close the Gap Day tomorrow.
Psychologists welcome restoration of services under Medicare
The restoration of mental health services under Medicare will meet the desperate need of many vulnerable Australians, according to the Australian Psychological Society, which has campaigned for the reversal of cuts to the Better Access initiative since they were announced in May 2011.
The Federal Government could save $117.5m through cuts to Medicare-funded mental health services, while still reinstating the right to six additional sessions under exceptional circumstances, according to the Australian Psychological Society, which represents 20,000 psychologists around Australia.