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Mental health in Australia needs reform, not just more money: Ian Hickie

The mental health sector is plagued with ineffective programs that should lose funding, according to a leading expert. Ian Hickie, a commissioner on the National Mental Health Commission, said services suffered from poor co-ordination and did not address the needs of users and their families. “Increased funding for expanded mental health services is crucial, but […]

The Sydney Morning Herald

May 11, 2017
Digital drivers flipping the script on mental health

Mental health has been identified by the government as one of its ‘four pillars’ in health, and advocates are hoping for a boost in tomorrow night’s Federal Budget. Mental Health Commissioner Jackie Crowe argues that the digital revolution has ushered in a new era for mental health, breaking down stigma and empowering patients to demand […]

Croakey

May 11, 2017
Call for stepped-care approach to mental health

As part of the federal government’s mental-health reform agenda, PHNs have been asked to develop and implement a “stepped-care approach” to mental-health service delivery. This asks doctors to tailor interventions based on whether patients have mild, moderate and severe mental illness. “In primary care, general practitioners … will need to assign individuals to these broad […]

Medical Republic

May 4, 2017
Mental health network implementation to change or crumble

An advocate for mental health services, says Australia’s mental health network needs to change from within or face years of missed opportunity. Professor Ian Hickey is also a mental health commissioner and says that for too long, competing governments, companies and professionals have pointed the finger at problems, rather than working together to fix them. […]

The World Today

May 4, 2017
How public health officials can make the truth heard in a ‘post-fact’ world

As reports of fake news ― real or perceived ― and “alternative facts” become more common, so does Americans’ distrust in public officials and institutions. Respondents to an Edelman survey conducted last year, for example, said they would consider the view of a “person like me” twice as credible as that of a government leader. […]

The Huffington Post

February 22, 2017
Secondments open door to enhanced knowledge translation

Making better use of evidence in policymaking is a preoccupation of many in the public service and of many researchers. Although it is well understood that good policy and effective programs should be guided by evidence, this is not always a simple task. For those of us in academia, ‘evidence’ is defined as the findings […]

The Mandarin

February 16, 2017
How to cut through when talking to anti-vaxxers and anti-fluoriders

Dismissing people’s worries as baseless, whether that’s about the safety of mobile phones or fluoridated drinking water, is one of the least effective ways of communicating public health risks. Yet it is common for people to “reassure” like this, both at home and in professional roles as experts, officials or corporate managers. Another poor but […]

The Conversation

February 16, 2017
Scientists fear spread of Zika through foreign mosquitoes

Scientists are warning that Australia could be at risk of an outbreak of the Zika virus or the further spread of dengue fever if exotic mosquitoes that can carry these diseases are allowed to spread here. They’re particularly worried that travellers could bring in the Asian Tiger Mosquito … Read the full story on abc.net.au

AM, ABC Radio National

December 20, 2016
Exotic mosquitoes could bring Zika, dengue outbreaks

Friendship bands and hair braids may not be the naffest things you bring home from Bali this summer, says an insect and biosecurity expert, who warns that Australia is at risk of an outbreak of Zika or dengue unless more is done to stop exotic mosquitoes setting up home here. Cameron Webb, medical entomologist at […]

The Australian

December 20, 2016
Which mosquito sprays are safe and which ones actually work

There’s something very Australian about the smell of mosquito spray. It’s got a metallic tang, a hint of botanicals and a chemical up-the-nose sensation that spurs memories of camping holidays and cricket games at dusk. But surely all those chemicals can’t be good for you? NSW Health pathology and Sydney University Medical Entomologist Cameron Webb […]

The Huffington Post

December 20, 2016