Emerging researcher appointed to James Packer Chair in Mood Disorders at UNSW
May 9, 2024

Dr Aswin Ratheesh is a leading clinical researcher in mood and psychotic disorders who is passionate about prompt and early access to interventions for people with such conditions.

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Fostering Compassionate Communities for Mental Health
April 30, 2024

As nominations open for the Australian Mental Health Prize, experts are uniting to underscore the critical need to foster compassionate communities.

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Urgent Mental Health Support Needed for First Nations Children in State Care
April 24, 2024

In response to the tragic death of a 10-year-old Indigenous boy by suicide while in state care last week, leading Indigenous mental health organisations are today calling on Federal and State Governments to urgently invest in social and emotional wellbeing (SEWB) and mental health supports for Indigenous children in state care.

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Long-COVID study reveals immunological improvement two years after infection
April 18, 2024

Immune abnormalities have largely resolved at 24 months in a cohort of patients with long COVID, providing optimism that long COVID can resolve over time.

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$5.7m for clinical trials
April 17, 2024

Three UNSW Sydney projects have been awarded funding under the government’s Medical Research Future Fund’s clinical trials activity initiative.

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SESLHD’s Mental Health Service supports the Bondi community
April 17, 2024

Following the tragic events at Bondi Junction Westfield, SESLHD’s Mental Health Service has been providing support to those affected.

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NeuRA and the Talent Development Project launch Music and Memories
April 9, 2024

Emerging singer songwriters collaborate with people diagnosed with dementia to create original songs inspired by real life.

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Government action needed to improve efficacy of school-based mental health programs
March 26, 2024

A group of 12 leading mental health organisations will convene at Parliament House on Tuesday, urging the government to establish national guidelines for implementing evidence-based mental health programs in schools.  

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Launch of world-first guidelines for the treatment of first responders with PTSD
March 22, 2024

Black Dog Institute and UNSW Sydney launched new guidelines for the management of PTSD among emergency service workers on Thursday, 21 March in NSW Parliament with Emergency Management Minister Jihad Dib and Mental Health Minister Rose Jackson.

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Mental health training for your team? It’s good for everyone
March 20, 2024

Investing in mental health training for your health professional team is good for staff and good for patients and clients — but what should health care organisations look for when choosing a training provider?

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Mixed neurodegenerative pathologies, including CTE, found in multiple former elite-level Australian rugby code players
March 20, 2024

The new case series, published today in the Journal of Neuropathology and Applied Neurobiology in collaboration with the University of Sydney, Alfred Health and Harvard Medical School, includes clinicopathological analysis of the brains of six former elite-level Australian rugby league and union players, donated to the Former Elite-Level Athlete Brain Health Research Program.

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Study eases concern at antipsychotics use in pregnancy
March 18, 2024

The use of antipsychotics during pregnancy isn’t linked to childhood neurodevelopmental disorders or learning difficulties, UNSW Sydney-led study shows – giving assurance to those concerned about continuing their medications during pregnancy.

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NeuRA research reveals complex interplay of nature and nurture in emotion and cognition
February 15, 2024

The way our brain processes different emotional and cognitive tasks may be underpinned by common factors, find scientists from Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) and UNSW Sydney.

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Anti-inflammatory drug found to help adults with severe schizophrenia
January 23, 2024

Research conducted at Neuroscience Research Australia has found that an injection of an anti-flammatory biological known as Canakinumab in patients with schizophrenia and elevated inflammation brought about a decrease in psychotic symptom severity and inflammation. The research was published in Brain, Behavior, and Immunity.

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Gamified at-home exercises shown to effectively prevent falls in older people
January 17, 2024

The way our brain processes different emotional and cognitive tasks may be underpinned by common factors, find scientists from Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) and UNSW Sydney.

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Nurturing your mental wellbeing amid financial stress
November 23, 2023

The current economic situation in Australia is not only affecting people’s financial well-being but also taking a toll on their mental health. Factors like housing affordability, rising living costs, and limited job opportunities are causing financial stress, leading to various negative consequences for individuals and their families.

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Making the right call on mental health at work
November 22, 2023

With high job demand and poor support being a common psychosocial hazard in the telecommunications industry, small and dynamic company, Waveconn, have put measures in place to minimise risks to mental health and create a supportive work environment.

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Tips to tackle common holiday worries
November 20, 2023

The holiday season is upon us and although popular culture leads us to believe the holidays are the happiest time of year, for many people it is the hardest. The holidays can be hard for many reasons and it’s different for everyone.

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Understanding anxiety in children
October 30, 2023

Anxiety is a common mental health concern in children (aged between 8-12 years old), with 7% of Australian children receiving a diagnosis of an anxiety disorder each year.

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Managing Psychosocial Risk Factors at Work
October 25, 2023

Ensuring health and safety at work, including addressing risk factors to mental health, is not only a legal obligation for employers but makes good business sense, helping to reduce costs, boost productivity and increase staff engagement and retention.

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Working together for better outcomes in suicide prevention
September 7, 2023

In recognition of World Suicide Prevention Day 2023, we reflect on some of the groundbreaking research we have been working on and implementing over the past year.

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KRC opens new clinic to provide healthcare to people who use drugs
April 27, 2023

The team from Population and Community Heath’s Kirketon Road Centre (KRC) has collaborated with Uniting to open a new free clinic in Kings Cross providing high quality, compassionate medical care to people who use drugs.

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Australian first: Multicultural mindfulness for mental health
April 27, 2023

In an Australian first, SESLHD’s Multicultural Health Service and the NSW Multicultural Health Communications Service have launched a new set of Multicultural Mindfulness Resources in seven languages.

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Patients leaving hospital sometimes need opioids. Doctors can reduce risks of long-term use and dependence
April 27, 2023

New national standards aim to change doctors’ prescribing habits when patients with pain are discharged.

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The vital role emergency departments play in frontline mental health care
April 27, 2023

Almost one in 10 young people aged 12 to 15 years old report ever having self-harmed and the leading cause of death in Australia for young people aged 15 to 24 years old is suicide.

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Neuropsychology Tool Streamlines Cognitive Assessment, Diagnosis and Care
April 27, 2023

Currently, Australians can face delays of approximately 3 years on average between initial symptom presentation and a formal diagnosis of dementia.

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Understanding Risk of Dementia and Alcohol Consumption
April 27, 2023

The review, published in Addiction, has shown that abstaining from alcohol completely can actually increase the risk of dementia.

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Apathy may predict progression to dementia
April 27, 2023

It is common amongst older people, affecting between 10-35% of people aged over 65.

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World-first trial to investigate new medication for methamphetamine dependence
April 27, 2023

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Alcohol delivery services used to extend drinking sessions: study
April 27, 2023

Services that deliver alcohol directly to the doorstep in as little as 30 minutes can prolong drinking sessions that would have otherwise ended, according to new research.

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New Acute Services Building opens at Randwick Health & Innovation Precinct
April 27, 2023

The much-anticipated Prince of Wales Hospital Acute Services Building (ASB) is the first major upgrade to the Prince of Wales Hospital in 25 years.

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Obsessive compulsive disorder is more common than you think. But it can take nine years for an OCD diagnosis
April 27, 2023

Obsessive compulsive disorder, or OCD, is a misunderstood mental illness despite affecting about one in 50 people – that’s about half a million Australians.

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‘Nature prescriptions’ can improve physical and mental health: study
April 27, 2023

Potential side effects include spontaneous euphoria and being in a good mood. Not to mention, it’s free and available all around you.

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Researchers identify new potential neural signature of resilience in adults who have experienced early life stress
April 26, 2023

Early life stress (ELS) is a well-known risk factor for mental health problems in adulthood.

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Australian researchers take intergenerational practice into community settings to combat frailty
April 26, 2023

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An effective new treatment for chronic back pain targets the nervous system
April 26, 2023

A treatment that trains both the brain and the body has shown important effects on pain and disability, a new study has found.

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A time of transformational change at Neuroscience Research Australia
April 26, 2023

NeuRA’s new organisational strategy will see a much sharper focus on neurodegeneration, mental health and ageing well; an emphasis on clinical outcomes; and a search for partnerships which can enable greater scale and impact.

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NSW Health funding to support new discoveries in neuroinflammation and the neurobiology of schizophrenia
April 26, 2023

Schizophrenia affects one in 100 Australians and roughly 20 million people worldwide. For 70 – 80 per cent of people with schizophrenia, it is a chronic, lifelong condition.

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NeuRA researchers awarded $4.5m in MRFF grants to improve lives of those with chronic pain
April 26, 2023

In congratulating NeuRA’s Centre for Pain IMPACT researchers, Interim Chief Executive Officer, Carole Renouf, said this successful grant funding was a testament to their vision and ambition to increase equity of access to health care.

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Black Dog Institute celebrates 20 years
April 25, 2023

“From humble beginnings, the Black Dog Institute has been on quite an extraordinary journey of learning, discovery, and growth over the last 20 years,”

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Positive psychology resources to support your teen’s mental health
April 25, 2023

Setting teenagers up with the right skills and resources early in life can help to support their well- being and resilience.

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Links between screen time and depression in adolescents more complex than first thought
April 25, 2023

With adolescents interacting online more than ever, new data from the Black Dog Institute shows screen time and depression in adolescents may be linked – but not for the reasons we assume.

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Self-harm intervention for children is needed, a new study finds
April 25, 2023

Research has found 6055 adolescents aged 10–14 attended an emergency department in New South Wales for self-harm over a five-year period – 2276 of them for a repeat incidence.

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Decolonising mental health systems: Global experiences of wellbeing
April 25, 2023

As part of the webinar, each shared their experiences of walking in two worlds and of navigating mental health systems to ensure the wellbeing, healing, and self-determination of Indigenous peoples.

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Psychedelics for mental health show a lot of promise, but there are gaps in knowledge that are important to address
April 24, 2023

Treatment may be offered to patients experiencing depression who have not responded to medications or other modes of treatment.

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Black Dog Institute Launches Nation-Wide Support Service For Emergency Service Workers
April 24, 2023

Emergency workers respond to stress and trauma in different ways and the new national service offers multiple ways to seek support.

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