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The Australian Mental Health Crisis – an Update

The Australian Mental Health Crisis: A system failure in need of treatment Australia has a mental health crisis.  Despite a number of national mental health plans and a decade of changes to public mental health services, individuals, patients, families, carers and support groups from all...

Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI): What is it, how to identify it, and what to do about it? The general public is aware that we are seeing the increase of dementia conditions. This creates anxiety, especially as one gets older. The fear is not unreasonable given that the aging of our population puts...

Continuing Professional Development

Continuing Professional Development I have become very concerned over recent times that medical college CPD programs are becoming more prescriptive and less flexible for their members. These programs ask doctors to spend a number of hours at the beginning of each year developing a professional...

End mandatory reporting for doctors treating doctors

Mandatory Reporting A Queensland parliament committee is currently reviewing legislation to make some changes to the mandatory reporting rules of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority (AHPRA). At the moment doctors treating other doctors for mental health problems or physical...

The ‘Antidote’ to Loss

The ‘Antidote’ to Loss, Guilt, Shame, Loneliness, Isolation and Resentment I am a physician specialising in mental illness – a psychiatrist. I have an interest in suicide prevention – see website drphilipmorris.com – the article on ‘Nine steps to halt suicide’. But today I want to explore a more...

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