Recommendations for Indigenous suicide prevention

recommendations for indigenous suicide prevention

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Evaluation Project (ATSISPEP) is a solution that arose from Indigenous community members, leaders in mental health and suicide prevention, and the Australian Government as a response to the Indigenous suicide problem. Suicide is one of the most common causes of death among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander [Read More…]

Feedback sought on Parliamentary inquiry into mental health services in the NDIS

ndis-for-mental-health-services

As part of the Joint Standing Committee inquiry into the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) scheme, the committee will inquire into the provision of services under the NDIS for people with a mental illness. This parliamentary inquiry has been welcomed by Community Mental Health Australia (CMHA). They are concerned about the needs [Read More…]

Mental health research funding decrease

nhmrc-funding-mental-health-research

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) data revealed that funding for mental health research is significantly lower than other National Health Priority Areas. The data shows that mental health and suicide research have not been given enough attention compared to other areas such as cancer and even motor vehicle accidents, despite mental illness [Read More…]

Is losing vision the worst possible health outcome? Research says perhaps it is……

is-losing-vision-the-worst-possible-health-outcome

A study in the US has revealed that for Americans, losing vision is equal to or worse than losing hearing, memory, speech, or a limb. However, although vision was a priority, many Americans were unaware of important eye diseases and their behavioral or familial risk factors. The study involved 2044 survey respondents in an online [Read More…]

Becoming a provider in the NDIS

working-with-ndis

Registration for individuals or organisations to become a provider of support or products to a participant in the NDIS is open. Key points for consideration for becoming a provider are: So far 17,300 people are benefitting from the NDIS across seven trial sites with over $950 million invested in services and equipment The roll out [Read More…]

Cosmetic procedure guidelines for medical practitioners and vaccination statement for nurses

ahpra-crackdown-on-cosmetic-procedures-and-vaccination

Boards of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency have been cracking down on unsafe conduct from medical practitioners and nurses. Effective on 1 October 2016, the Medical Board of Australia imposed new cosmetic guidelines to ensure patient safety. These guidelines appliy to medical practitioners who perform cosmetic medical and surgical procedures. The new guidelines require: [Read More…]

Dental care for people with dementia

dental-care-for-people-with-dementia

The Australian Dental Association and Alzheimer’s Australia has partnered to support dentists treating people living with dementia through a series of videos, Partnership in Practising Care. The series aim to educate dentists and their team on best practice care for people living with dementia, with emphasis on the importance of continuity of care, using preventative [Read More…]

Funding for preventative health initiatives reduced: Australia’s Health 2016 report

australias-health-2016-report

The Australia’s Health 2016 report has revealed that funding for prevention initiatives has reduced from 2.2% (2008) to 1.4%, contrary to the belief that prevention is better than cure. This goes against the expectation of 76% of Australians that investment in preventive health should be one of the top ten priorities. Public Health Association of [Read More…]

Identifying mood changes in bipolar disorder with smartphones

monitoring-bipolar-disorder-with-smartphones

New research led by M. Faurholt-Jepsen at Copenhagen suggests that smartphone based vocal analysis can measure changes in speech which often indicate depression and mania in bipolar disorder. The researchers collected data from 28 bipolar disorder outpatients of the Copenhagen Clinic for Affective Disorders. They were observed in naturalistic settings on a daily basis during [Read More…]

ATARs for every psychology course in Australia

raining ATARS

For entry into a psychology course commencing in 2016, the ATAR ranged from 54.20 to 99.00 depending on the course and university. While most undergraduate psychology degrees are 3 years, the courses that include the 4th year (honours) generally require a higher ATAR or OP for entry. Graduates of a number of degrees including psychological [Read More…]

Four steps in asking R U OK

r u ok steps

To celebrate R U OK Day which is coming up on 8th September, we thought that everyone whould know the four steps in asking if someone in need is okay. These steps are everything we need to have a meaningful conversation to support a mate in distress or has suicidal thought. But before starting, make [Read More…]

Exhilarating! My week with the Royal Flying Doctor Service – by Rebecca Irwin – medical student and NRHSN Chair

Rebecca Irwin RFDS week

The unique exhilarating experience of flying to remote communities and stations to provide health care is unparalleled by anything I have experienced thus far. I loved flying with the Royal Flying Doctors Service (RFDS) to remote locations, hopping from station to station, community to community, providing health care as we went. Occasionally we were diverted [Read More…]

Is online therapy as good as talking face-to-face with a clinician?

online psychological therapy effectiveness

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Jo Abbott, Swinburne University of Technology Smartphones, tablets and computers are increasingly expanding the availability of health services. This means we can access help anonymously at a time and place that suits us. Currently, only about one-third of people with mental health difficulties [Read More…]

Skilled Occupations List submissions put workforce shortages and excesses in the spotlight

Skilled Occupation List 2016

The new Skilled Occupations List (SOL) comes into effect on 1st July 2016. There have been changes to the status of a number of health professions, and a large number have been flagged for consideration in 2017. Health professions being added to SOL from 1st July 2016: Orthotist or prosthetist Audiologist Health professions being removed [Read More…]

Transitioning to academia for early career psychologists

transitioning from early career psychologist into academia

The Australian Psychological Society (APS) has featured insights from Dr Jason M. Lodge MAPS MCOP about the challenges early career psychologists face in transitioning into academia. He says that it is particularly difficult for early career psychologists and psychological scientists to effectively transition into an academic role, given the fact that higher education is experiencing [Read More…]

Are you really listening? A view from the other side. By Gitte Backhausen – patient

Gitte Backhausen profile

Okay, so I know it’s practitioner month on My Health Career in May and that most of what we’re doing is sharing stories about the inspiring things health professionals are up to. When I got this article through from Gitte, I literally felt a bit sick in my stomach reading about everything she’d been through. [Read More…]

Consumer Psychology Interest Group with Adam Ferrier

Adam Ferrier’s consumer psychology interest group

At My Health Career, we love it when the giants in a profession get involved in creating change amongst practitioners and the broader community…..  One of Australia’s leading consumer psychologists Adam Ferrier is the convenor of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) Consumer Psychology Interest Group. The group aims to create a space to start exploring [Read More…]

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is welcoming providers from July 2016

how to be a provider with the NDIS

Participation in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will soon become available for every health professional interested to become a provider. Over 460,000 Australians with disability will enter the NDIS in coming years. There are growth opportunities for providers who respond to this new demand. Providers will be given the resources and tools to adjust [Read More…]

The first national approach to supporting children with developmental delay or disability

early childhood early intervention NDIS

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has marked the first nationally-consistent approach to supporting children with developmental delay or disability by the release of the National Disability Insurance Scheme’s (NDIS) Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) Approach. Under the ECEI approach, a child and their family will be referred to a specialist early childhood access partner [Read More…]

Revised registration standards for 6 registered health professions

AHPRA revised registration standards published 2016

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency has published revised registration standards for six registered health professions, these being medicine, medical radiation practice, nursing and midwifery, physiotherapy, podiatry, and psychology. The revised registration standards are for: Continuing professional development (CPD) Recency of practice Professional indemnity insurance (PII) arrangements However, they do not apply to renewals of [Read More…]

The enhancement process to the Better Access to Mental Health endorsement for OTs

Better access to mental health occupational therapy

After reviewing the processes for endorsement and ongoing participation in the Better Access to Mental Health (BAMH) scheme, the Board of Occupational Therapy Australia introduced changes in respect to the application for endorsement process. The aim of the processes, which have been introduced in December 2015, are as follows: To enhance the pathway into the [Read More…]

The role of psychologists in unlocking innovation potential

unlocking innovation potential

“Being behaviour change experts, psychologists are key to unlocking innovation in people and organisations.” That statement was made by Mike Kyrios, President of the Australian Psychological Society, in response to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s national innovation and science agenda announcement. Through the National Innovation and Science Agenda, the Government will invest $1.1 billion to incentivise [Read More…]

How to become a psychologist in Australia – by psychologist Dan Martin

Dan Martin

If you have decided that the way you want to be help people is by becoming a psychologist this is the article for you. There are several factors to keep in mind so that you follow the most direct path to becoming credentialed. Once you complete high school it will take you around 6-8 years [Read More…]

GradStats from the turn of the century…. What are health graduates getting paid? What’s the employment rate?

GradStats 2015

While starting salaries for new graduates from university health degrees have increased significantly since 1999, the percentage of graduates going directly into a full time job has dropped, according to GradStats data. Employment rate The GradStats figures show that there is now a lower full time employment rate for medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, nursing (initial), rehabilitation, [Read More…]

$250 million for translating medical research into real benefits

Biomedical Translation Fund

The Australian Government will invest $250 million over two years to help translate Australian health and medical research into commercial reality as part of the National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA). This investment will provide the funds to improve the quality of life of Australians. The Biomedical Translation Fund alongside the Medical Research Future Fund [Read More…]

Disconnecting: Doing Online Business in a Balanced Way – by Dr Rebecca Ray

disconnecting in business

I started an online business primarily to contribute to the well-being of as many people as possible. Many more people than I could impact face-to-face in clinical practice. Secondary to my altruistic motivations is the lifestyle benefits of online business: The opportunity to work from anywhere with a WIFI connection, the luxury of working from [Read More…]

Premature babies are more likely to develop psychiatric disorders

brain circuit abnormalities in premature babies

Babies born prematurely face a wide range of complications, and new research has suggested that this issue now includes a higher risk of developing neurological and psychiatric problems. The researchers found that some key brain networks linked to attention, communication and emotion were weaker in premature infants. This finding offers some explanation for why children [Read More…]

10 year road map for Closing the Gap

ten year road map to close the gap

Minister for Rural Health Fiona Nash has launched an Implementation Plan as a further commitment to Closing the Gap. The Implementation Plan is a ten-year road map: a strategy to better health for Indigenous children, Indigenous youth and Indigenous adults. The Coalition decided to adopt and build on the 10 year National Aboriginal and Torres Strait [Read More…]

16% decrease in notifications – AHPRA 2014-2015 statistics revealed

AHPRA annual report 2014 - 2015

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and the National Boards has published the 2014/ annual report. The annual report outlines and highlights AHPRA and the National Board’s activities in 2014/15, as follows:   1.   Improving performance and services 637,218 health practitioners are registered from 14 different professions representing overall growth of 2.9% 16% [Read More…]

The Top 5 Things I (Didn’t) Know about Online Business – by Dr Rebecca Ray, founder of Happi Habits

Happi Habits

I have spent the past eight months developing and writing a Positive Psychology-based program consisting of e-books and an online tracking system to measure well-being levels. The opportunity to help so many more people flourish than I could possibly do face-to-face has been my motivation every step of the way, but I wasn’t prepared for [Read More…]

There is life after stroke

7 steps to stroke recovery video

Stroke Recovery Association of British Columbia has released “7 Steps to Stroke Recovery” educational video to answer often asked questions about what’s next for stroke survivors. The video features stroke rehabilitation professionals such as doctors, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, and speech pathologists. They give detailed and helpful suggestions for each step according to their expertise.   [Read More…]

More than 155,000 health practitioners due to renew registration by 30th November

health practitioner registration renewals

Twelve National Boards have launched their registration renewal campaigns for health practitioners whose registration to practise expires on 30 November 2015. A news item about renewal of registration is published on each of the following National Board websites: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia Chinese Medicine Board of Australia Chiropractic Board [Read More…]

What’s the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist?

difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist

Psychologists and psychiatrists are two of the key experts in mental health care. Both psychiatrists and psychologists are trained to provide treatments for mental health problems, however, the type of treatments they deliver and diagnose methods they use are very different.   Training pathways – the difference for psychologists and psychiatrists The Royal Australian & [Read More…]

Becoming a health practitioner – registering with AHPRA

AHPRA health practitioner registration fees

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency has recommended that students who are about to graduate as health practitioners apply for registration 4-6 weeks before finishing your course. For many students, that is NOW!!! About to graduate as a health practitioner? Apply 4-6 weeks before finishing your course. More: http://t.co/TBvBlUJ0do — AHPRA (@AHPRA) September 4, 2015 [Read More…]

Private Practice Psychology: For the Love of It

why I love being a psychologist

“I love my job. Seriously. And this blog is so enjoyable to write because I get to spend it telling you all the reasons why I love being a psychologist! After discussing the costs of working as a psychologist in the last few blogs, talking about the good stuff is a great change of pace. [Read More…]

Researchers found the association between management following self-harm and suicide

suicide following self-harm

A UK study led by Professor Nav Kapur from University of Manchester found that psychiatric admission following self-harm was associated with the highest risks for both suicide and all-cause mortality. The study followed 38,415 adults who had self-harmed and presented to five emergency departments in Manchester, Oxford and Derby between 2000 and 2010. It found [Read More…]

ATARs for every psychology course in Australia

ATAR for psychology

The information in this article has been superseded by our 2016 article. For entry into a psychology course commencing in 2015, the ATAR ranged from 52.30 to 99.00 depending on the course and university. While most undergraduate psychology degrees are 3 years, the courses that include the 4th year (honours) generally require a higher ATAR [Read More…]

AHPRA welcomes report of 3 year independent review of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme which regulates 14 health professions in Australia

AHPRA NRAS review

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency recently welcomed a report following an independent three-year review of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS) and the Health Ministers’ response to its recommendations. ‘Such positive and constructive feedback reflects the focus and commitment to improvement of everyone who works at AHPRA, all members of national, state and [Read More…]

Improvement on the online search for a psychology supervisor

improved online search for psychology supervisors

The Psychology Board of Australia has launched the improved online search that gives users better access to a new secure messaging system for contacting supervisors and a better search results display. Following are the details of the improvement: A function that allows a search of surrounding suburbs within a specified distance. Removal of the 200 [Read More…]

Private practice psychology: how to treat trauma without becoming traumatised – by Dr Rebecca Ray

treating trauma

In my humble opinion, helping people to live richer, fuller lives is such a privilege and incredibly rewarding. Sometimes, this is especially so when working with people who have experienced profound trauma. In my experience, sharing the therapeutic space with someone as they tell their story and process the impact it has had on them [Read More…]

The yarn safe campaign – access in person or online

Yarn Safe Cyril Rioli

For 2015 Toyota AFL Indigenous Round back in May 2015, headspace and the AFL Players’ Association partnered on the Yarn Safe campaign. AFL stars Hawthorn’s Cyril Rioli, Port Adelaide’s Chad Wingard and Melbourne’s Neville Jetta openly discussed their experiences around culture and identity, and how they deal with pressure in the campaign video: “if you’ve [Read More…]

Psychologists are human, too – burnout part 3 – by Dr Rebecca Ray

psychologist burnout

Part 3: Preventing and Managing Burnout In the past two blog posts we’ve looked at the serious topic of burnout in psychologists. It’s serious because there are many people out there that need our help, and if we don’t look after ourselves, then those people are not going to get the help they need and [Read More…]

A psychologist’s personal experience with burnout – and tips on identifying it in yourself – Q&A with Sam van Meurs

identifying burnout in health professionals

Q. What’s it’s like to be a psychologist experiencing burnout? A. Speaking personally, initially it was quite a struggle experiencing burnout as a psychologist, because somewhere implicit in my decision to practice psychology (made at a young, immature age) was the notion that because I was fortunate enough to be raised in a loving, caring, [Read More…]

Allied health misses a guernsey in the Medicare Benefits Schedule Review Taskforce – by Amanda Griffiths

Medicare Benefits Scheme Review Taskforce

It’s been about a month since Minister for Health Sussan Ley announced the members of the Federal Government’s Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review Taskforce and the Primary Health Care Advisory Group (PHCAG). Although the PHCAG is made up of members from a number of health professions including physiotherapy, medicine and pharmacy, it is blatantly obvious [Read More…]

#WhyWeDoResearch campaign – by Cheryl Prescott and Claire Gibbs

Claire Gibbs and Abby Greaves

“The #WhyWeDoResearch campaign was conceived and launched via Twitter by Claire Gibbs, Senior Clinical Research Nurse (@ClaireGibbsUK) and Abby Greaves, Research Administrator, (@JPUHResearch) at the James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in December 2014. Their intention was to use the hashtag #WhyWeDoResearch as a way to introduce core research team members to the public, [Read More…]

Speakers’ body movements related to the applause they receive

speakers body movements and applause

A recent study published in the Personality and Individual Differences journal shows the correlation between the body motion of the speakers and the applause they receive. The researchers tried to find whether people are able to quick judgements and form an accurate impression of a speaker by observing body movements. 60 random political speeches were [Read More…]

Psychologists are Human, Too – Burnout – Part 2 – by Dr Rebecca Ray

psychologist burn out

Part 2: Factors that Contribute to Burnout Burnout. It’s a serious subject when you’re in the business of helping everyone else deal with their challenges, but may then forget to consider your own needs. Following on from last month’s blog post on identifying burnout, I wonder have you noticed any of those signs in yourself? [Read More…]

Call for health professionals to be more aware of signs of child sexual abuse surfaces during royal commission

child sexual abuse in institutions royal commission

The ABC has again reported on the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. They recently published revelations by psychologist Terence Kirkpatrick that he was sexually abused by a psychologist at the Royal North Shore Hospital (RNSH) in 1967 when he had been referred to the clinic to be treated for what was [Read More…]

Psychologists are human too – let’s talk about burnout – by Dr Rebecca Ray

Rebecca Ray

Identifying Burnout This is the first blog post in a series of three that will focus on the human element of being a psychologist. There are inherent risks to one’s own mental and physical health when working in a profession where clients are psychologically (and often physically) unwell. Whether it be stress, burnout, compassion fatigue [Read More…]

Advertising health services is about so much more than the AHPRA guidelines

advertising laws for health professionals

Health practitioners need to be aware that their advertising must comply not just with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) guidelines where appropriate, but also with national law. Consumer Law The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is the authority who enforces the Competition and Consumer Act 2010. The Act covers areas including false [Read More…]

My rant following the most recent round of careers expos….

The dark side of career expos

I have just returned from a series of 4 careers expos in the New South Wales towns of Young, Forbes, Dubbo and Bathurst. Although this website was started especially for high school students considering a career in health and has lots of resources such as videos from real health practitioners and pathways information, there are [Read More…]

Varied responses to the National Mental Health Commission’s Mental Health Services Report

National Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services

The National Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services report was a controversial document even before its release on 16th April 2015. The final report was provided to the Commonwealth Government on 1st December 2014. On 17th April a communique from the COAG Health Council stated that the Federal and State and Territory Health Ministers [Read More…]

Would you spend 30 hours a month with older folk to get free accommodation during uni?

Live in aged care facility during uni

According to a report in The Journal in Ireland, a nursing home in Deventer in the Netherlands is opening its doors for uni students to live with the elderly as housemates. Why would any young free uni students wish to live with the pensioners instead of partying with fellow college roommates? The rent is free. [Read More…]

Accredited psychology courses in Australia

psychology courses in Australia

Australian Psychological Accreditation Council has published complete lists of currently accredited psychology courses in Australia based on states and territories: Australian Capital Territory New South Wales North Territory Queensland South Australia Tasmania Victoria Western Australia We have divided the courses into undergraduate and postgraduate program, as follows: Undergraduate 1. Australian Capital Territory Australian National University [Read More…]

The private practice psychologist – wearer of many hats – by Dr Rebecca Ray

Private practice psychology business

Do you know how many hats you’re comfortable wearing? This is an important question when you’re considering private practice as a psychologist. Already, you’ll wear multiple hats in the therapy room: Assessor Treatment provider Risk manager Emotional container Record keeper And so it goes on. If you are a psychologist in private practice, the hats [Read More…]

Polio Australia: Improving Health Outcome for Australia’s Polio Survivors

Polio Australia

Many thanks to Mary-ann Liethof, National Program Manager of Polio Australia for contributing this valuable information for health professionals. Acute Polio Australia experienced waves of polio epidemics throughout the 20th century. However, with the introduction of the Salk and Sabin vaccines, polio was an uncommon infection in Australia by the early 1960s. According to the [Read More…]

Announcement of successful applicants for Primary Health Networks

Medicare Locals to Primary Health Networks

Minister for Health Sussan Ley has announced the successful applicants to run the 31 Primary Health Networks which will replace the 61 Medicare Locals from 1st July. In a statement from The Department of Health, the Primary Health Networks will “replace Labor’s flawed Medicare Local system of 61 fragmented regions, which were found by an [Read More…]

The career progression of a psychologist – Many Roads Lead to Rome – by Dr Rebecca Ray

Rebecca Ray

Even though nearly 40% of psychologists work in some form of private practice (Australia’s Health Workforce Series – Psychologists in Focus, 2014), that doesn’t mean that all of these psychologists are always in offices with muted tones seeing patients stretched out on couches (ok the muted tones might be close to the truth but the [Read More…]

Keeping the mental health of the police force on track

police force psychology services

On average, Australian police officers will experience nine critical incidents in a 12-month period, be it a personally life threatening experience, a serious physical injury, or witnessing events involving death or injury of fellow members of the police force. A Queensland Police Service (QPS) study suggested that 95% of police officers will experience a traumatic [Read More…]

4 adults including a clinical nurse, 1 teenager and a fur baby to walk 1850km Canning Stock Route to stop stigma around mental illness

One Step at a Time Canning Stock Route

When I came across this hard-core group of 5 walkers (and Milly the fur baby) plus a support team who are preparing to walk the 1850km Canning Stock Route and fund raise in May in the name of stopping the stigma around mental illness, I couldn’t help but share their story. It’s up close, personal [Read More…]

APS, RACP, RANZCP and RACGP call for children to be released from detention

children in detention

In recent days the Australian Psychological Society (APS), the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP), the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) have all spoken out about the mental health of children held in detention. APS The APS President Professor Mike Kyrios stated [Read More…]

Polio resources for health professionals

polio resources for health professionals

Polio Australia has compiled a clinical practice resource module for health professionals as a broader information in support and health care for polio survivors, management of the Late Effects of Polio and/or Post-Polio Syndrome (PPS). The module has drawn from polio specialist, polio survivors, and evidence-based literature. On the website, there are also other resources [Read More…]

AHPRA to introduce further drug screening procedures for practitioners with substance related impairment

AHPRA drug testing for health practitioners

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) will be introducing mandatory hair testing for all practitioners with a substance related impairment. Under the screening protocol, all health practitioners who have restrictions on their registration linked to previous substance abuse will have routine hair testing in addition to the urine drug screening as per the interim [Read More…]

Private Practice Psychology: So Many Benefits – by Rebecca Ray

Benefits of private practice psychology 1

It’s no accident that the majority of the 32,000 psychologists registered in Australia (Australian Practitioner Health Regulation Agency, 2014) work in some form of private practice. Over 37% of psychologists enjoy the benefits of private practice psychology – on their own, in a group, in a GP clinic or some other form (Health Workforce Australia: [Read More…]

Upskilling online made possible by Monash University

Monash Online courses for health professionals

The health industry is incredibly rewarding yet can be a mentally draining area to work in. Take it from Natasha Jennings of the Alfred Hospital’s Emergency and Trauma Centre, who shared her typical day online at Health Victoria. Her exhausting day begins at 5am and she is seeing patients as soon as she steps into [Read More…]

What’s the best diet? Free public event in Brisbane run by Dietitian Connection

Dr Joanna McMillan

Dietitian Connection has put together a world-class program of speakers so that your patients / clients and any member of the public can go along and hear about what they should REALLY be eating. With the theme “What’s the best diet? Paleo? Gluten-free? Sugar-free?” the event is sure to do some major myth-busting about what [Read More…]

Feedback for 4+2 internship program for psychologists

psychology internship pathway consultation 2015

The Psychology Board of Australia is seeking feedback about the provisional registration standard and the guidelines for the 4+2 internship program for psychologists. Submissions close on 27th February 2015. The community and practitioners are invited to give input on the requirements for developing the knowledge, skills and competence required for entry into general registration via [Read More…]

No wonder occupational therapists and psychologists are busy….. with brain injury stats like these….

Acquired brain injuries

In 2012, there were 727,000 Australians whose acquired brain injury (ABI) means daily “activity limitations” and “participation restrictions.”   The statistics around the number of people with acquired brain injuries in Australia are staggering: 2 out of 3 Australians with an ABI acquired the injury before the age of 25 3 out of every 4 [Read More…]

The influence of Omega-3 on postnatal depression – by Melanie McGrice, AvdAPD

Melanie McGrice Headshot

My Health Career is pleased to publish an article by dietitian Melanie McGrice where she discusses omega-3 fatty acids, their role in post-natal depression and what you can do to make sure you and your patients are getting enough. “For most women, having a baby is the most significant life changing event they will ever [Read More…]

Private practice psychology – 10 indicators to help you decide if you should take the leap – by Rebecca Ray

private practice psychology 1

So you’ve studied for years to get registered as a Psychologist and private practice seems like a good option, hey? It’s a popular choice for psychologists for many reasons. As of 2014, the Australian Practitioner Health Regulation Agency reports that 32,000 psychologists are registered around the country. These psychologists work across a large range of [Read More…]

What do patients think about digital health? By Cathie Reid – Digital Health Summit post 4

technology in health

This is the fourth and final post in my series from the Digital Health Summit at CES 2015, following on from posts on wearables, disrupting the doctor visit, and how pharmacy can avoid its own Kodak moment. It was fantastic to see the program include a session on the patient perspective, as all too often [Read More…]

My Story – by psychologist Dr Gemma Russell

why become a clinical psychologist

“After sitting on the bus this morning making idle talk with the woman next to me, she turns to me and asks, as part of conversation, “What work do you do?” I tell her with hesitation, that I’m a Clinical Psychologist. Her reaction, a combination of fear and confusion, in which she blurts out, “Have [Read More…]

The Voices in Eleanor Longden’s Head

schizophrenic goes on to work with intervoice

For Eleanor Longden, the voices in her head started when she was in her first year as an undergraduate student at university. After a referral to a psychiatrist and a diagnosis of schizophrenia, there were many hospital admissions and a sense of hopelessness, humiliation and despair. She was drugged, discarded, and even been told that [Read More…]

Reflecting the risk of anorexia nervosa on the death of Alana Goldsmith

anorexia physical and mental toll

An eating disorder is an illness, and can be deadly. Apart from the physical complications that are caused, one in five people who die prematurely from anorexia nervosa will do so by suicide. Alana Goldsmith was an anorexia nervosa sufferer who ended her life when she slipped out of the eating disorder clinic where she [Read More…]

National Psychology Week again focused on what’s stressing Australians

National Psychology Week 2014

National Psychology Week was once again held in November, and again Australians were encouraged to “think well, be well.” The focus for the awareness campaign in 2014 was helping Australians to manage stress and increase their wellbeing, and also to recognise when professional help is required. To find out what is stressing out the nation, [Read More…]

It pays to become a psychologically healthy workplace.

psychologically healthy workplace

The Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program (PHWP) is an evidence-based initiative developed by The Australian Psychological Society (APS). The program aims to promote psychological health and wellbeing in Australian workplaces. The program is backed by research from PricewaterhouseCoopers which shows that businesses implementing successful mental health strategies will more than double their outlay, with each $1.00 [Read More…]

GPs provide over 4 times more MBS subsidised mental health services than psychologists

mental health GP and psychologist statistics

According to information from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), psychologists in Australia provided more than 3.7 million MBS-subsidised mental health services to almost 806,000 patients in 2012-13 and psychiatrists provided about 2.1 million MBS-subsidised services to almost 323,000 patients. It is estimated that there were 15.8 million GP encounters that were mental-health [Read More…]

AHPRA seeking health practitioner members for 11 of its 14 boards

AHPRA national board applications

AHPRA is seeking to fill 102 practitioner and community member vacancies on 11 of its national boards. Professions which have board vacancies for health professionals are Chinese medicine, chiropractic, dental, medical, nursing & midwifery, optometry, osteopathy, pharmacy, physiotherapy, podiatry and psychology. The functions of a national board include the registration of students and practitioners in [Read More…]

Why a lack of professionalism in psychology students can then affect their practice – and what to do about it!

professionalism in psychology students

Psychology students who show no respect to the confidentiality of personal information shared in the classroom and responsibility towards homework and assignments are likely to have problems in professional practice upon graduation. If this poor attitude persists, it will not only affect their professional career, but also harm the future clients.   A study, published [Read More…]

The undergraduate psychology degree – overrated or misunderstood?

undergraduate psychology degree

With media outlets such as news.com.au quoting McCrindle Research as finding that psychology is Australia’s most overrated degree, My Health Career thought we would look at if it is truly overrated or if it is simply misunderstood. Employment rate The McCrindle Research highlights the fact that undergraduate psychology is one of Australia’s most popular courses. [Read More…]

Australian HealthFusion Team Challenge 2014….. and the winners are….

Team UQ

A couple of months ago I was asked to be the Master of Ceremonies at the Australian HealthFusion Team Challenge. Being offered such a great opportunity is a bit of a privilege, and although I was keen to take part in the day, I was also a bit daunted as it is such a full [Read More…]

Reminder about Therapy Choices for the NDIS

Therapy Choices

In 2013 Occupational Therapy Australia entered into a partnership with the Australian Government to produce Therapy Choices, a website which aims to help people with a disability to better understand the roles of the allied health professionals who are able to provide them support under the National Disability Insurance Scheme. The website lists the roles [Read More…]

Will the Aussie swimmers back up at the Pan Pacs following a successful Commonwealth Games?

Gold Coast

It’s no secret that some of the high-profile members of the Australian swim team have struggled with the mental side of being in the public eye. While former members of the Australian swimming team have been described as “troubled” (Grant Hackett) and having struggled with depression (Ian Thorpe), Kieren Perkins has revealed that a panic [Read More…]

Mental Health Services 2014 conference

Mental Health Services 2014 conference

The Mental Health Services annual conference is fast approaching. It will be held in Perth, with Tuesday 26th August marking the preconference day. The main conference will be running from Wednesday 27th to Friday 29th August. The MHS Conference 2014 is the largest and longest running multidisciplinary mental health conference in Australia. It attracts over [Read More…]

Online conduct for psychologists – staying out of trouble!

Psychologists online

The Australian Psychological Society has published a set of guidelines for psychologists to keep in mind in relation to competent and ethical practice. It is regarding the possibility for issues to arise when using forms of communication such as email and social media: •    Email communications: All emails that you send to your clients must [Read More…]

Guidelines for Reporting Suicide and Mental Illness

Guidelines for media

The Department of Health has funded research in an effort to change the perception of mental illness and suicide amongst the general population via the media. The Mindframe resource for media professionals was released recently. Peter Dutton, the Minister for Health, speaking on the guide, welcomed it and stated that these guidelines are not rules [Read More…]

headspace – why are young people presenting for mental health care?

youth mental health Australia

headspace is Australia’s national youth mental health foundation. It provides young Australians aged 12-25 with mental health, general health, education, employment, and alcohol and drug services. It is expected that there will be 90 headspace centres throughout Australia by 2015. A recent article in the Medical Journal of Australia provided statistics about 21,274 headspace clients [Read More…]

How much do you know about palliative care – really?

National Palliative Care Week

Palliative Care Australia is conducting the National Palliative Care Week between Sunday 25 May, 2014 and Saturday 31 May, 2014 to raise awareness about this growing sector of the health industry. The theme for this year is Palliative Care Everyone’s Business: Let’s Work Together. Palliative Care Australia is inviting everyone, from doctors to specialists, nurses [Read More…]

How will the federal budget affect health professions?

federal health budget 2014-2015

The federal government handed down its 2014-2015 budget on Tuesday 13th May 2014. Click here for the expense measures for health. The government intends for budget savings from health to be diverted to the Medical Research Future Fund to help keep Australia at the forefront of the medical research sector. The budget has not been [Read More…]

Health Fusion Team Challenge registration open to uni students

Health industry report

University students studying a health degree in an Australian university are now able to register a team for the 2014 HealthFusion Team Challenge (HFTC). The HFTC is an award winning program aimed at educating students from different disciplines in the area of collaborative patient care. There are 4 basic steps to being involved in the [Read More…]

Psychology workforce data released

Psychology workforce

Psychologists in Focus has been released by Health Workforce Australia, as part of its Australia’s Health Workforce Series. In the section covering stakeholder views, the Australian Psychological Society (APS) confirmed that the demand for masters programs (which are now a prerequisite for an area of endorsement of registration) enormously exceeds the places available. The APS [Read More…]

Advertising guidelines for health professionals changed… just waiting on official AHPRA documentation

AHPRA Action

AHPRA Action, a campaign led by Melbourne surgeon Dr Jill Tomlinson, to have the Guidelines for Advertising Regulated Health Services changed, has had some success, but is still looking for the guidelines document to be changed. The part of the guidelines in question is in section 6.2.3, where it states that: A practitioner must take [Read More…]

Chill out, cool down … athlete anxiety at the Winter Games – by Lisa Martin

Sport psychology

The following article was originally published by The Conversation. You can click on the link to read the original article by Lisa Martin from the University of the Sunshine Coast co-authored with Caron Jander, a consultant occupational physician affiliated with the Australian Paralympic Swim Team. Lisa Martin is affiliated with Swimming Australia and is the psychologist [Read More…]

Want to fly to the Northern Territory to inspire the next generation of health practitioners?

NT Rural High School Visits

The Northern Territory Medicare Local is now taking applications for university health students to fly to the Northern Territory to connect with high school students to promote health careers. Participating uni students will have the opportunity to present workshops to high school students to demonstrate the challenges and rewards of health careers, and also share [Read More…]

Mental health workforce reform – peer workers

Mental Health Reform

Health Workforce Australia is working towards a national approach for a skilled and sustainable mental health workforce, as demand for mental health services is increasing. Health Workforce Australia held a consultation workshop at the recent Mental Health Services Summer Forum in Sydney on the 19th February. The workshop was Expanding The Use of Mental Health [Read More…]

Anxiety in Musicians

Anxiety in musicians

As well as physical symptoms such as performance-related musculoskeletal pain disorder and trigger point pain, professional musicians can be known to exhibit depression and music performance anxiety. According to a study conducted at the University of Sydney, most musicians (84%) had experienced performance-impairing pain. There was a hypothesized relationship between depression and pain, and some [Read More…]

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Acute Stress Disorder guidelines

PTSD and ASD guidelines

The Australian Guidelines for the Treatment of Acute Stress Disorder & Posttraumatic Stress Disorder were released in 2013, and have been endorsed by The Australian Psychological Society, The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. The guidelines provide a framework for best practice for psychologists, psychiatrists [Read More…]

Over 50% of permanent aged care residents have depression

Depression in aged care facilities

The role of psychology in residential aged care in Australia is very important. A report produced by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare states that depression symptoms are prevalent among residents of permanent aged care. The report entitled “Depression in Residential Aged Care” was conducted between 2008 and 2012. It reflects that more than [Read More…]

National Psychology Week 2013!

National Psychology Week 2013

National Psychology Week is back for its 10th anniversary in Australia November 10-16th! Hundreds of psychology professionals will be putting on full display their contributions to the Australian community, so it’s time to gear up for over 500 festivals, seminars, workshops, presentations and more! The release of annual Stress and Well-Being Survey is one of [Read More…]

Peer Pressure – Not So Bad After All?

peer pressure psychology

Teenagers are known to be risk-takers. With their peers surrounding them, teens can take on any challenge especially if it yields a more favorable response from their friends and classmates. After significant studies done with the teenagers of today, peer pressure is given an entirely different meaning. A report published in Current Directions in Psychological [Read More…]

The fear of memory loss – how can psychologists help?

dementia psychologist

My Health Career is pleased to publish a guest blog post by registered psychologist Julie Bajic. Julie is the Managing Director of Wise Care, a team of psychologists who have particular expertise in working with older adults. “This week is Dementia Awareness Week, which coincides with World Alzheimer’s Day this Saturday 21 September 2013. This [Read More…]

Enhancing and Expanding Psychology for Indigenous Australians

Aboriginal psychology student increase

According to Professor Pat Dudgeon, an Aboriginal, Fellow of the Australian Psychology Society and academic from the University of Western Australia, there are insufficient numbers of Indigenous psychologists in Australia. She says that non-indigenous practitioners are currently providing services to indigenous Australians, even though cultural awareness is not a standard competency in undergraduate or post-university [Read More…]

Mentally ill Australians have shorter life expectancy

Mentall illness and life expectancy

The University of Queensland and the University of Western Australia have recently conducted a study on mentally ill patients in Australia and their life expectancy. The results showed that those who were diagnosed with conditions that include alcohol and drug disorders, schizophrenia, neurotic disorders, stress or adjustment reactions, depressive disorders, psychoses, and other mental illnesses, [Read More…]

Pathways to becoming a registered psychologist

Becoming a psychologist

It takes a minimum of six years of education and training to obtain general registration as a psychologist in Australia. The Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) determines the requirements for registration as a psychologist under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme. The Australian Psychology Accreditation Council accredits courses that meet the requirements. An overview of [Read More…]

Personal stories from psychologists

Psychology career

The Australian Psychological Society’s (APS) website has a careers section. It includes an overview of why a number of leading Australian psychologists chose to study psychology, and how they find their career to be personally rewarding:   Okay, so let’s list the areas of psychology mentioned on the APS website…. Academic, biological, child, adolescent & [Read More…]

An introduction to psychology from Yale University

Introduction to psychology

It is quite a treat when you get an opportunity to see what it’s like to be a psychology student. Even more of a treat when you get access to a FREE online course from Yale University called ‘Introduction to Psychology’. A word of warning – this is not for the faint-hearted. It’s a series [Read More…]

How I recovered from mental illness

Psychology - Karen Tyrrell

We are extremely excited to have a psychology guest post from a patient’s perspective. Karen Tyrrell is an Australian multi-genre author, mental health advocate, workshop presenter and accredited speaker with SANE Australia. Karen taught as a primary school teacher, specializing in Gifted and Talented classes. Parents of one of Karen’s students repeatedly harassed her to [Read More…]

Psychological preparedness for disasters

Psych disaster

The Australian Psychological Society (APS) have teamed up with the Red Cross to publish ‘Psychological Preparedness for Disasters’ – a guide to help people manage the emotional challenges of living through a disaster – just in time for summer. Summer in Australia is the time of year where some areas are likely to be affected [Read More…]

Let’s Talk About Stress

Psych - Nat Psych Week other

The results of the national ‘Stress and Welbeing in Australia’ survey have been released by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) just in time for National Psychology Week. The APS have also released a tip sheet called ‘Understanding and Managing Stress’ to help Australians to ‘think well and be well’. The APS states that stress is [Read More…]

7 things McDonald’s knows about your brain

Psychology - McDonald's

  Okay, so the neuroscience has caught up with McDonalds, and now we know why the Maccas formula has been so successful over the years. Psychology Today recently reported the 7 things that McDonalds has known about your mind for many years….     Addictive properties of sugar – yep, you can develop a dependence [Read More…]

Anger Management

Psychology anger management

And you thought we were talking about Charlie Sheen’s new show, didn’t you?!?!?! Well, um, actually, we’re not sure because we haven’t watched an episode yet, so we don’t really know what happens. BUT we do know that we are talking about the topic of anger management…. as in.. you know, psychology stuff….. and about [Read More…]

Psychology…… more than you think……

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When many people think about what a psychologist does, an image springs to mind where the patient is lying on a couch talking to the psychologist about all their problems. Yes, this is one area of psychology, but, psychology is… well…… more than you think!! There are lots of areas of specialization within psychology, and [Read More…]