Category Archives: Research

Mind Medicine Australia

Please Take 5 Minutes To Show Your Support For Rescheduling the Medicinal Use of Psilocybin and MDMA as Part of Psychotherapy for The Treatment of Mental Illness

Australians Need Your Help!

The TGA’s Public Submissions Period is Now Open

The TGA has announced the public consultation period is now open in relation to Mind Medicine Australia’s applications to amend the Poisons Standard in relation the medical use of psilocybin and MDMA as part of therapy for key classes of treatment resistant mental illness

The public consultation period ends COB on Friday 27 May 2022.

This is the last day that you will be able to lodge a public submission.

Make Submission Here

If the applications are successful this will be a historic moment – Please be part of it

“To my mind, the clinical evidence is clear…every day that this takes is a day that we lose people, and that’s not acceptable…”

Dr Tra-ill Dowie, dual PhD holder and co-founder of the Mind Medicine Institute speaks of the injustice of denying those in need treatments that can alleviate their suffering.

The Majority of Australians ALREADY Support the Regulation of Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy… But The Regulators Don’t Know Where You Stand. Show Them That It is Politically Safe to Listen to the Science By Making A Submission. Australians Deserve Better.


Alfred Health Carer Services Carer e-News April 2022

Welcome to the April edition of eNews 

* Reminder*
Daylight savings ends this Sunday 3rd April at 3.00am. That means it time to turn the clocks back 1 hour and enjoy an extra hour of sleep!

Did you know we have a new website?

Our website has had a big refresh and can now be found at
To check it out, click here


Easier access to assistive technology

Do you support someone with an NDIS plan (or have one yourself?). NDIS participants now have easier access to the assistive technology through the NDIS. The upper limit for automatic approval of assistive technology (AT) purchases has increased from $5,000 to $15,000.

The most commonly purchased AT, within the $15,000 price range, includes manual wheelchairs, specialty beds and bathroom chairs/stools.

For more information, click here

Young Carer’s scholarship program

Over 71,600 young people in Victoria are believed to have significant care responsibilities. They may support their mother, father, sister, brother, or grandparent at home because of a disability or illness. Many are at risk of dropping out of school or have difficulty establishing social networks and participating in activities that their peers enjoy.

Carers Victoria’s Young Carer Scholarship program gives young carers attending secondary school the opportunity to be acknowledged for their contributions to their family and the community and to participate in school or community-based activities that enhance their skills, educational achievement, and abilities, or that help them to participate more fully in their community.

Scholarships of up to $500 are awarded to successful applicants.

Who can apply

Young Carer Scholarships are open to secondary school students who live or go to school in Victoria and provide care and support to a family member with an illness or disability.

Please note the number and amount of scholarships awarded is dependent on the number of scholarship applications received and the funding available.

Applications close Friday 15th April
To apply, click here

You can access the complete newsletter via the link below:

April 2022 e-news

TheMHS Autumn Forum in Sydney 28 April 2022

Recovery, Rehabilitation and Psychosocial Disability in a Persistently Complex System

As a valued member of our TheMHS community, we’d like to offer you a “TheMHS Network” special offer. For 10 days only in-person and virtual registrations will be offered at a 25% discount off the full rate. This generous discount will not last, register now to avoid disappointment.

Join us for this information packed Forum addressing a significant current challenge in mental health services. The timely topic ‘Recovery, Rehabilitation and Psychosocial Disability in a Persistently Complex System’ is not to be missed.

This one day Forum is a wonderful opportunity to come together in a safe environment, with a very limited number of in-person spaces available and RAT testing kits provided as part of your in-person registration.

In-person attendees have a brilliant opportunity to reconnect with peers during an intimate networking event, catered with drinks and canapés, set on the lovely outdoor terrace that will be accessible throughout the Forum.

Register now to secure your attendance at our generous TheMHS Network rate, available until 17 March!

TheMHS welcomes an impressive range of top speakers.

Dorothy Belperio, Managing Director, Health Connexion

Lisa Brophy, Professor and Discipline Lead of Social Work and Social Policy, La Trobe University

Gill Callister, CEO, Mind Australia

Kerry Hawkins, President, Western Australian Association for Mental Health (WAAMH)

Robyn Murray, Manager – Pathways to Community Living Initiative, Mental Health Branch, NSW Ministry of Health

Mary O’Hagan, Executive Director Lived Experience, Victoria Department of Health

Mark Orr, CEO, Flourish Australia

Neil Turton-Lane, NDIS Manager, VMIAC

If you jumped in quick and already registered, we’ll be refunding you the difference
Join your peers in the mental health community and register for TheMHS Autumn Forum 28 April 2022.

Please click on the link below for more information:

Carer Wellbeing Survey 2022

Please find below an invitation forwarded from the University of Canberra in partnership with Carers Australia, on behalf of the Department of Social Services to participate in a new national survey on carer wellbeing.

Take part in the 2022 Carer Wellbeing Survey:

Across Australia, millions of people provide care for friends or family members who are ill, have a disability, an addiction, or who are frail. Last year, the first annual Carer Wellbeing Survey found that carers are dedicated to their caring role, and often find it rewarding – but that being a carer often has a big impact on the wellbeing and quality of life of carers. The 2021 report is also available via

In 2022, we are again asking carers around Australia to tell us about their lives in the Carer Wellbeing Survey. This year, we are focusing in particular on understanding the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic for carers, and the level of access different carers have to support services for themselves and for the people they care for.

You can complete the survey online at or by going directly to the survey at

We recommend you complete the survey on a computer or iPad/tablet if possible, rather than on a smart phone.

Want a paper survey or help? Call 1800 981 499.

If you know other carers who may be interested in participating in the survey, they are welcome to participate.

The survey can also be accessed via In another 1-2 weeks, you may receive a reminder about the survey.

All survey participants aged 14 or older who complete the survey before 31st March 2022 can enter our prize draw to win one of 13 prizes worth a total of $5,000, including a first prize of a $1,500 gift card, second prize of a $1,000 gift card, third prize of a $500 gift card, or one of 10 runner up prizes of a $200 gift card. You can have one or more entries into the prize draw, depending on whether you do shorter or longer versions of the survey. Winners will have their choice of an itunes, Amazon, WISH, Coles-Myer, or Bunnings gift card.

The survey is voluntary, confidential and anonymous, and closes on 31st March 2022, at 11.59pm.

Thank you for taking the time to participate and share your valuable insights.

Yours sincerely
Dr Jacki Schirmer
on behalf of the Carer Wellbeing Survey team
University of Canberra, ACT, 2601
P: 1800 981 499

Carers VIC Australia Carer Survey Reminder-closing date Tuesday 28 December 2021


Carers Victoria invites you to share your views about the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on you and your caring role.

The information you provide in this survey will be used by Carers Victoria to tell the Victorian Government what it can do to support, recognise and celebrate the essential role of all carers such as yourself.


Who: For all carers living in Victoria

Duration: Takes approximately 7 minutes to complete the survey

Close Date: Tuesday 28th December 2021

Survey: Click HERE

We encourage you to share the survey link with others carers across Victoria. The more responses collected, the stronger the voice of carers.

If you cannot access the survey online, please contact Carers Victoria on 1800 514 845 or email

After completing the survey, you can enter a random prize draw to win a $100 gift voucher.

Your responses will remain anonymous and not be connected to the contact information you provide for the prize draw.

Carers Vic Australia COVID-19 and You: Understanding the Impacts for Carers

COVID-19 and You: Understanding the Impacts for Carers
Have your say for your chance to win a $100 voucher

You’re invited to share your views about the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on you and your caring role.

By completing a brief survey about your needs as a carer, you will help inform a platform that will set out the actions the Victorian Government can do to support, recognise and celebrate the essential role of all carers.

All carers can complete the survey which takes approximately 7 minutes.

Survey closes Thursday 28 December 2021.

We encourage you to share the survey link with others carers across Victoria. The more responses collected, the stronger the voice of carers.

If you cannot access the survey online, please contact Carers Victoria on 1800 514 845 or email

After completing the survey, you can enter a random prize draw to win a $100 gift voucher.  

Your responses will remain anonymous and not be connected to the contact information you provide for the prize draw.

Complete the Survey

Psychiatric Times 23 November 2021

Web Version

November 23, 2021
A Fresh Look at Schizophrenia

Tips for using a psychologically and psychodynamically approach to improve the care of patients with schizophrenia.

Psychosis: Pure Madness

Can a philosophical investigation of psychosis provide a better and less prejudicial approach than mainstream psychological and psychiatric accounts?
Have something to say or a submission to share for consideration? Write us at

Grace Groom Memorial Oration 6pm Wednesday 8 December 2021


Your invitation to Mental Health Australia’s
2021 Grace Groom Memorial Oration
to be presented by The Hon Julia Gillard AC

6pm, Wednesday 8 December 2021
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Tickets on SALE now.

Dear friends and colleagues,

It is with great pleasure that Mental Health Australia is able to invite you to join us in person, in Canberra, for the 2021 Grace Groom Memorial Oration to be presented by Former Prime Minister of Australia, and current Chair of Beyond Blue, The Hon Julia Gillard AC on Wednesday 8 December at the National Gallery of Australia.

After more than 18 months since we last gathered as a sector face-to-face, we are delighted to be able to host you at the National Gallery of Australia on Wednesday 8 December from 6pm with drinks and canapes to be followed by dinner.

As there are strict capacity limits for the venue in line with relevant ACT Health COVID-19 requirements, we advise purchasing your tickets as soon as possible. 

The Memorial Oration will be live-streamed (via Zoom) for those who are unable to attend in person due to current travel restrictions, or personal preference. We will of course miss you and we look forward to catching up in person early in 2022.

We hope to see you in Canberra this December, and we thank you all for your ongoing commitment to helping us achieve our vision of mentally healthy people and mentally healthy communities. 

Please click here to buy tickets


register to receive a link for the Livestream

All Mental Health Australia Events will follow COVID-19 Safe Plans developed in consultation with the venue and based on ACT Health guidelines at the time of planning and then delivery of the events.

Note: If your organisation is a member of Mental Health Australia, discounted tickets are available for purchase here (as well as registration options for the Annual General Meeting and Members Policy Forum).

Vic Health – How does Alcohol Affect the Brain

Author: VicHealth works with health promotion experts to create a Victoria where everyone can enjoy better health and wellbeing.
Any information mentioned is accurate at the time this article was originally published (29 June 2021).

 In Australia, it is recommended that adults consume no more than 10 standard drinks per week and no more than 4 standard drinks per day to reduce the health risks from alcohol. With this is mind, it’s important to understand how exactly alcohol affects our brain and what implications this may have on our overall health.

In this article you’ll learn: 

  • Short and long-term effects of alcohol products
  • Alcohol and brain damage
  • Tips on cutting back on alcohol consumption

Be Healthy was created by VicHealth to provide helpful tips and advice on how you and your family can stay healthy. You can read more Be Healthy articles here.  

 Short and long-term effects of alcohol

Before looking into the short and long-term effects of alcohol on the brain, it’s important to know that alcohol effects every person differently. Your gender, mental and physical health, medical conditions and use of other drugs and medication all play a key role.

It’s also important to keep in mind that alcohol can affect you more quickly if you:

  • Drink on an empty stomach
  • Weigh less
  • Have a lower percentage of muscle
  • Are a young person

No matter how little or how much you drink, alcohol effects our whole brain matter, causing both short and long-term effects. Brain matter is a major component of our central nervous system and when negatively impacted, it can have various short- and long-term implications.

Short term effects can vary depending on the amount of alcohol products we drink, but can include:

  • An interrupted sleep which can in turn have a negative impact your mental wellbeing
  • Alcohol slows your body down and changes the chemical makeup in your brain
  • It can alter our mood, energy levels, concentration and memory
  • It can alter our judgement and movement, create slurred speech, nausea, and vomiting
  • Create difficulty breathing and even be the cause of coma or death

Long-term, alcohol can affect both our brain and other parts of our body and can cause:

  • Ongoing mental health conditions
  • An increased risk of diabetes and weight gain
  • Increased risk of a range of cancers
  • Heart issues, such as high blood pressure, heart damage and heart attacks
  • Liver failure
  • Brain related damage impairment (ARBI)
  • Fertility issues

While alcohol consumed at even moderate levels can have a negative impact on the brain, this can become more dramatic depending on how often a person consumes alcohol and the amount they drink on each occasion.

Alcohol and brain damage

Alcohol’s toxic effect can cause significant brain injury, referred to as alcohol related brain impairment (ARBI) and is more likely to occur if a person drinks heavily on an ongoing basis over a long period.

ARBI can also occur over a shorter time frame, and this is dependent on the amount a person consumes. This way of drinking is often referred to as ‘binge drinking’ and that is when a person drinks a lot of alcohol in a single session on a semi regular basis.

Brain injury can be caused by alcohol because it:

  • has a toxic effect on the central nervous system (CNS)
  • results in changes to metabolism, heart functioning and blood supply
  • interferes with the absorption of vitamin B1 (thiamine), which is an important brain nutrient
  • may be associated with poor nutrition
  • can lead to falls and accidents that injure the brain

Does alcohol kill our brain cells?

Despite alcohol causing brain damage, it does not kill our brain cells. It does however damage the ends of neurons called dendrites, making it hard for neurons to relay messages to one another.

Tips for cutting back on alcohol

Alcohol products are heavily promoted yet alcohol companies often downplay the harm they can cause to our health. To cut through the spin, here are some tips from VicHealth CEO Dr Sandro Demaio on what we can do to reduce the harm from alcohol:

  • Learn to reward yourself or unwind without alcohol – you can get active, revisit old hobbies or try a new one, get a massage, call a friend or relax with a book.
  • Mix up your routine – go for a walk around the block instead of having a wine after work or replace your alcoholic beverage with a peppermint tea or soda water.
  • Focus on what you’ll gain by cutting back – you might be motivated by saving money, boosting your memory and concentration, sleeping better and having more energy and patience to do things you enjoy.
  • The Daybreak app from Hello Sunday Morning also helps – it provides confidential health advice and a supportive community to help people reduce their drinking and protect their health.

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A Celebration of World Mental Health Day 10 October 2021


This October: Look up, look out, and look forward forward!

Thank you for your wonderful video from the Inner South Family and Friends Group and see below a link to your video for download.


or click on the link below:

Also, if you’re sharing on any social media platforms, remember to tag “@AUMentalHealth” and include “#LookAfterYourMentalHealthAustralia” and “#WMHD2021”.

From Nikki Hogan, Partnerships Manager and Lachlan Searle, Director, External Relations
Mental Health Australia