Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Awareness Week (November 11-17) is about encouraging parents to seek help early if they are not coping, rather than waiting until 'crisis-point'. Australian Rotary Health PhD Scholarship recipient Siobhan Loughnan is one of the researchers looking for ways to help mothers cope better with parenthood, working on the online ‘MUMentum’ program, which teaches [...]
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A new PhD research project funded by Australian Rotary Health and the Rotary Club of Toowong will focus on ways to drive down suicide rates in Indigenous populations. Funding Partner PhD Scholarship awardee Mandy Gibson believes identifying protective mechanisms to increase resilience against suicidality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people, could potentially inform [...]
For Mental Health Month, PhD researcher Sonja Pohlman is encouraging everyone to challenge their assumptions about mental health. Sonja is part of a research team at the University of Newcastle, who were awarded an Australian Rotary Health Mental Health Research Grant to investigate alcohol use in young people with severe mental ill health. “It is [...]
For Mental Health Month there have been many positive conversations about mental health, especially surrounding depression, anxiety and suicide prevention. But what you may not know is that personality disorders also present significant disease burden on individuals and the wider community. In fact, approximately 45% of psychiatric outpatients experience co-occurring personality disorder and a mental [...]
2018 Nominations are currently open. Applications must be received by 5PM AEDT, Monday 5th November 2018. There is more to innovation in mental health research than great ideas. SMHR has a number of awards acknowledging excellence in research. However, there is often a gap between knowledge gained through research, the dissemination of that knowledge to [...]
With our news feeds often flooded with images of perfect looking people who seem happy, successful and beautiful, it’s quite easy to fall into the trap of questioning our own lives and worth. Australian Rotary Health Mental Health Research Grant recipient Dr Siân McLean says that most of what we see on social media is [...]
PhD Scholar Lisa Furlong has been interested in the neurobiological basis of psychiatric disorders since her first exposure to psychological science in her undergraduate degree. This interest developed further when Lisa was working as a clinician in the community service field, where she often worked with individuals experiencing mental illness, including bipolar disorder. “This allowed [...]
Lindsay Morgan of the Rotary Club of Ulverstone West has been awarded the 2018 Australian Rotary Health ‘Medal’ for his outstanding and meritorious service to the charity. Lindsay was announced as this year’s Medal recipient at the Rotary Australia – New Zealand Conference in Hobart last week for his involvement in the Muster for Mental [...]
Dementia has touched almost every Australian family in some way, with more than 400,000 Australians currently living with the neurodegenerative disease. For Australian Rotary Health PhD scholar Lauren Whyte, it was her Pa who developed Alzheimer’s disease, the most common type of dementia. Lauren is now working on her PhD on Alzheimer’s Disease at the [...]
Dr Bridget Regan It is no secret that we tend to become more forgetful as we get older, but a recent study from an Australian Rotary Health PhD scholar suggests that some simple management strategies may help our memory. While working as a Neuropsychologist in a Memory clinic, Dr Bridget Regan noticed there [...]