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$55.8 million for grants to support additional postgraduate psychology places

A new grant opportunity assists higher education providers to increase postgraduate psychology places.

$33.7 million for grants to support provisional psychologists to practice

A new grant opportunity is funding internships for provisional psychologists and supervisor training.

Can AI personalise mental health treatments for university students?

University students can feel severe psychological distress before their exams. The Vibe Up trial uses artificial intelligence (AI) to find out if digital mental health therapies can help, and which therapies work best for each student.

Future changes to the Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme (PHMSS)

The Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme (PHMSS) helps entry-level First Nations health students complete their studies and join the health workforce.

New mental health resources available for health professionals

Health professionals can now access new and updated mental health resources, microlearning and online learning pathways through the Mental Health Professional Online Development (MHPOD) Program.

Strong Born

The Strong Born campaign raises awareness of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in rural and remote communities. The campaign addresses the harms of drinking alcohol while pregnant and breastfeeding.

How to deal with loneliness and get support

Everyone feels down sometimes, but if it’s constant you may want support. Learn some ways to keep yourself strong and how to reach out for help.

Your Aged Care Update – 21 February 2023 – Issue #06

Your Aged Care Update #06: Residents’ Experience Surveys, register for webinars and training, and more.

Keep your spirit strong this holiday season

Most people look forward to the holiday season, but others may find it a challenging time for many different reasons. It is not uncommon for people to feel isolated, sad or anxious, so you’re not alone if you find yourself feeling down this Christmas.

A message from Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer Alison McMillan – September 2022 – Scholarship edition

A newsletter from Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer Alison McMillan with updates from the nursing and midwifery sector, some personal priorities and highlights, and an insight on what's happening across the Department of Health and Aged Care.

Take a Step

Did you know that in Australia, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 24 years and under are 3 times more likely than other young people to die by suicide?

The Connection

The Connection is the Canberra Alliance for Harm Minimisation and Advocacy (CAHMA’s) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Service run by and for the Indigenous community.

Keep Your Spirit Strong

During COVID-19 many people face challenges that have impacted their mental health. The ‘Keep Your Spirit Strong’ project aims to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders take important steps to ensure they are prioritising their social and emotional wellbeing.

Top 3 questions – The National Study of Mental Health and Wellbeing with Dr Ruth Vine

Recently the National Study of Mental Health and Wellbeing was released. Hear from Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ruth Vine, on the newly released results, what these mean for Australians and what is being done to improve the mental health system.

Your Aged Care update Issue 13, 2022

Your Aged Care Update #13: Department's new name, AN-ACC fact sheets and updates, and more.

Self-collection now available for cervical screening

From 1 July 2022, the National Cervical Screening Program will allow all eligible screeners to collect their own Cervical Screening Test sample.

Your Aged Care update Issue 12, 2022

Your Aged Care Update #12: What we’ve heard on new quality indicators for residential aged care, Food and Nutrition Reporting and more.

Top 3 questions – Sleep and mental health with Doctor Ruth Vine

Hear from Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Mental Health, Dr Ruth Vine about what is considered normal sleep and things you can do to help improve your sleep and mental health.

Your Aged Care update Issue 10, 2022

Your Aged Care Update #10: Auslan video interpreting service, CHSP unspent funds update, suicide prevention for seniors (NSW), Influenza treatment for residential aged care and information for providers on Service's Australia online web services.

Top 3 questions – Healthy lifestyle choices

Professor Michael Kidd, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, discusses making healthy choices, and the small steps we can take every day to enjoy a healthy life.

Affected by floods? Help is available

If you've been affected by the floods in New South Wales and Queensland there are a range of services you can access to stay on top of your health needs.

Top 3 questions – Helping kids return to school and sports, strategies to check in with teens, and finding support

Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ruth Vine, answers the top three questions you've been asking on our social accounts around mental health.

Top 3 questions – Staying positive, social anxiety, and support for health workers

Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ruth Vine, answers the top three questions you've been asking on our social accounts around mental health.

Top 3 with Dr Ruth Vine – mental health and COVID

Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ruth Vine, answers the Top Three questions you've been asking on our social accounts around mental health.
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