The Australian Government is expanding eligibility for the Better Access to Psychiatrists, Psychologists and General Practitioners through the Medicare Benefits Schedule (Better Access) initiative. Find out more.
How’s your head today? is a new national COVID-19 mental health campaign that urges people to prioritise their mental health, raise awareness about how to identify when something is wrong, and encourage people to seek help.
Read the transcript of Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Ruth Vine's interview on ABC Radio Melbourne on 10 September 2020 about World Suicide Prevention Day and R U OK? Day.
Read the transcript of Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Ruth Vine's interview on ABC News on 10 September 2020 about World Suicide Prevention Day and R U OK? Day.
Read the transcript of Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Ruth Vine's interview on Sunrise on 10 September 2020 about World Suicide Prevention and R U OK? Day.
The Prime Minister’s National Suicide Prevention Adviser has a message about the power of staying connected to one another to mark World Suicide Prevention Day and RUOK? Day.
The Australian Government will provide 10 additional Medicare subsidised psychological therapy sessions for people subjected to further restrictions in areas impacted by the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Read the transcript of Deputy Chief Medical Officer For Mental Health Dr Ruth Vine's interview on 25 May 2020 on Radio National Drive about mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The Australian Government is providing more than $20 million additional funding through the Medical Research Future Fund for research to improve mental health care and reduce suicide rates in Australia.
The Australian Government has announced the successful applicants for the Medical Research Future Fund's 2020 Bushfire Impact Research grants.
Read the transcript of Deputy Chief Medical Officer Doctor Ruth Vine's interview on 19 May 2020 on ABC Radio National about coronavirus (COVID-19) and mental health.
Read the transcript of Deputy Chief Medical Officer Doctor Ruth Vine's interview on 19 May 2020 on ABC Radio Melbourne about coronavirus (COVID-19) and mental health.
The National Cabinet met today to further discuss Australia’s current COVID-19 response, easing restrictions in the coming months, helping Australians prepare to go back to work in a COVID-Safe environment and getting the economy moving again.
The Australian Government has committed to ongoing support of men’s sheds as part of the National Men’s Health Strategy 2020–2030. A new grant round to fund tools, events and equipment will open in October 2020.
More mental health support services will be provided to firefighters, emergency personnel, individuals and communities impacted by the ongoing bushfire disaster.
People react in different ways after traumatic experiences.
Returning from a country affected by disaster, where you may have been injured or experienced a traumatic event can cause distressing thoughts and feelings.
There are a number of support services available in every state and territory.
The Australian Government is taking a further step towards reducing the number of lives lost to suicide in Australia, by providing $8 million to support research aimed at identifying effective approaches to suicide prevention.
From 1 November 2019, Australians with complex eating disorders will be able to access new services through Medicare that will help save lives.
A $7 million research investment in pharmacogenomics will improve the treatment and outcomes of people with mental illness.
In response to this morning’s media the Department of Health advises that the new items that will be available from 1 November 2019 involve no changes to those health care professionals who are able to treat eating disorders under the MBS.
The ABS’ Causes of Death, Australia, 2018 report notes suicide dropped one place to 14th leading cause of death overall. Rates of mortality due to heart disease and cerebrovascular disease also decreased, however these remain among the leading causes of death in Australia.