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‘Millions spent on unusual diseases’
A West Australian study has revealed the high cost of treating rare diseases such as cystic fibrosis and early Alzheimer's disease. In one of the first studies of its kind in the world, researchers found 467 rare diseases cost the West Australian health system at least $400 million a year in 2010, more than 10 per cent of all hospital spending.

Source: The West Australian

‘From postnatal depression to superdad - how Ryan Heffernan beat the blues after his son’s birth’
While the mother of his young son was caring for their baby at home, Ryan Heffernan was staggering about in a drunken, drug-filled stupor in seedy Sydney’s Kings Cross.

Source: The Daily Telegraph

‘Local support: Work on mental health facility begins after years of lobbying’
After eight years of lobbying for funding, work is finally under way on a new mental health facility in Mildura.
Local contractors have been brought in to start clearing the Boyden Street site, following the $4.4 million state budget allocation.

Source: Sunraysia Daily

‘Big data can sit comfortably with healthcare’
At the recent ‘Innovation in Healthcare’ roundtable co-hosted by The Australian Financial Review and Philips, CEO of Lorica Health, Paul Nicolarakis said what's exciting is the way data is now being used. He says we are seeing the combination of technological advances and societal comfort starting to converge and this is allowing really interesting things to be done.

Source: Bigdatasp.com

'This is not something anyone should go through, especially over a job': the sickness plaguing our principals’
School principal Lynda Thompson is still mourning the death of her husband Mark, a respected principal who died by suicide in 2014.

Source: The Age

‘Medibio partners with HBF for ‘Mental Health Check-in’
Medical technology company, Medibio Limited has signed up to a mental health campaign, which it hopes will build awareness for its yet-to-be launched workplace diagnostic stress product.

Source: Finance News Network

‘Broncos star Darius Boyd joins mental health conversation in Cairns’
A rugby league star is urging Far Northerners to avoid tackling mental illness alone. Darius Boyd’s on-field trials have at times paled in comparison with his battle against depression. The Brisbane Broncos fullback and proud father yesterday shared his story with patients at local mental-health facility The Cairns Clinic.

Source: The Cairns Post

‘Time to speak up for mental health’
Carol da Costa-Roque's opinion piece "Heal the fracture, smash the stigma", in which she questioned Queensland’s Health Minister Cameron Dick about the state's fractured mental health services, was timely.

Source: The Courier Mail

‘More services needed to help win the fight’
The long-term treatment of an eating disorder often comes at a high price, but patients determined to recover say it is an expense they cannot afford to delay. Anna, not her real name, has spent 17 of her 33 years battling anorexia and bulimia. She would like to see her psychologist, psychiatrist, and dietitian more often, but the cost of treatment meant it wasn't affordable. She is grateful her GP, whom she sees once a week, bulk bills.

Source: Newcastle Herald

Poor psychological services for aged care residents
The study conducted by Swinburne University of Technology and a team of Australian research institutes found that aged care residents were rarely referred to psychologists or to psychological treatments. 

Source: Swinburne University

‘Apprenticeships can improve mental health’
An apprenticeship provided Hutchinson Builders site supervisor Andrew Gulliford with more than just a job. It gave him quality training, mentoring, skills and a trade. It also gave him and other apprentice’s self-worth and purpose.

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

‘R U OK? campaign tackles FIFO worker mental health support’
Suicide prevention organisation R U OK? has launched a new campaign encouraging FIFO workers to support one another before they “hit rock bottom”.

Source: Australian Mining

Sam Frost: “I Don't Want To Be Here Anymore”
Sam Frost has opened up about the effect online trolling has had on her mental health after she posted a disturbing tweet claiming to be 'broken' early last week.

Source: The Huffington Post