Your Mental Health BannerAll in the Mind is an exploration of the mental: the mind, brain and behaviour. It airs on Sundays at 1pm and is repeated on Mondays at 1.30pm and Fridays at 2.30am on RN. Listen for free on the ABC listen app.

You can also watch mental health-related content on ABC iview, and head to our dedicated page for articles.

If you’ve got any feedback or a suggestion on something for us to cover, you can send us an email.

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How Researchers Study Schizophrenia

The frameworks for studying psychosis have been updated.

Key points

  • Schizophrenia remains a mystery to the general public, but researchers have new strategies for studying it.
  • Schizophrenia is presently referred to as a spectrum disorder in research.
  • Spectrum disorders are better understood through the Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) model of research proposed by the NIMH in 2014.
  • Through the combined efforts of spectrum, dimension, and RDoC frameworks, we can develop more precise ways to study psychosis.

You can access the report by clicking on the link below:

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Helpline allows people to access to health information in their language

Healthdirect Australia as launched a new helpline – Multicultural Health Connect which allows people of many cultures access to health information in their language.

In-language help is available by calling 1800 186 815, where callers can speak to an interpreter in their language to:

  • Find health services such as doctors, hospitals and community health centres
  • Speak to a nurse for health advice and information
  • Better understand Australia’s health system, including Medicare and private health insurance
  • Learn about COVID-19, including managing the disease, COVID-19 vaccines, isolation and close contacts

The helpline is available from 11.30 am–8 pm, 7 days per week.

If your practice would like to order/download resources for the helpline, including brochures in 9 languages, visit Healthdirect’s page, and find the resources under Multicultural Health Connect resources. 

Keeping warm this winter
Many people with musculoskeletal conditions feel the cold more keenly with increased joint and muscle pain or lack of blood circulation to the extremities. We look at how you can stay warm and keep the costs down this winter.

Eating well on a budget
With many of our favourite food prices skyrocketing (hello, $10 iceberg lettuce), we share our hints for enjoying tasty, healthy meals and snacks that won’t cost an arm and a leg.

Welcome to the monthly newsletter for the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Melbourne.

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PschTalks: Modern life explored by psychology experts

We’re excited to announce the release of our new podcast series! PsychTalks: Modern life explored by psychology experts is a nonfiction podcast exploring social psychology and science. Hosted by the award-winning journalist Lynne Malcolm, each episode dives deep into a single thought-provoking issue in modern-day Australia. With the help of experts, we unlock the psychology behind some of society’s most crucial questions — from the effects of fear-based advertising to unravelling the undercurrent of misinformation and conspiracy theories; and from the hype and hope of mindfulness and meditation, to the complex world of big data.

Episode 1: Misinformation: why do we fall for it?
Misinformation is being weaponised in the media and politics, and many fall down the conspiracy theory spiral. How do our brains predispose us to believe in misinformation and how is our current information environment – especially social media – aiding the spread of ‘fake news’? How should you approach conversations with people who buy into conspiracy theories?

For our first episode, we’re joined by Andrew Perfors (Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Melbourne) and David Milner (editor and columnist at The Shot) for a look down the rabbit hole of misinformation.

New episodes will be released fortnightly during May and June 2022. Listen, like and share on your favourite podcast platform:

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With so many huge problems in the world, it can be hard as an individual to know how you can help.

To better empower individuals to make a difference to those around them, Pro Bono News has launched How Can I Help?

Hosted by Pro Bono News Editor Wendy Williams, the six-part series features conversations with people with lived experience and practitioners on what we can all do to help in situations that many of us encounter in our lives.

There are a wide range of resources available for anyone affected by gambling across Australia. These services are open to people with a gambling addiction, as well as their friends and families.

For more information visit or call 1800 858 858 for free support.

For more information about Relationships Australia Queensland visit

You can find out more about the work of the Alliance for Gambling Reform at

Visit Three Sides of the Coin – Theatre for Change to find out more about the ??book and theatre work Anna refers to in her interview.

How Can I Help? Is a podcast for people who want to help, but don’t know where to start.

Hosted by Pro Bono News editor Wendy Williams, the six-part series features conversations with people with lived experience and experts in the field on what we can do to help in situations that we might encounter at some point in our lives  – whether that’s when you see someone sleeping rough, if you think a friend or colleague is in an abusive relationship, or if a family member is suffering from depression. 

Find out more at

Physical Health elearning Package

Please find the link below which will take you to the elearning modules.Any feedback or comments would be very welcome as I will be reviewing and updating these modules every couple of years.


Please see below links to Easy Read COVID-19 vaccination resources now available: Fact sheet about the third dose; Fact sheet about booster doses; The difference between the third dose and a booster dose; COVID-19 vaccination consent form.
These resources can also be accessed alongside other COVID-19 vaccination Easy Read resources. Please also see links to a video produced by the Council for Intellectual Disability, in partnership with the Department of Health, around COVID Vaccination Stories on YouTube and Facebook.

COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Alert – 1 December 2021The Department of Health has issued its next COVID-19 vaccination – Disability Provider Alert 1 December 2021. In this update you will find a new easy read consent form, easy reads about booster and third doses, booster in-reach rollout, and current vaccination hubs. This provider alert along with other resources and information about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout is available from a dedicated web page for disability service providers on the Department of Health website.

Are you prepared for thunderstorm asthma events?

Hospitals are experiencing significant demand due to COVID-19, so it’s important for community members to stay well.

October through December is thunderstorm asthma season. If your patients have asthma or hay fever (or have had it in the past), now is the time to be ready, so you can manage any symptoms and stay out of hospital.

Community members can protect themselves and those in their care by following these simple steps:

  • Monitor the epidemic thunderstorm asthma risk forecast on the VicEmergency app.
  • Don’t be outdoors in a storm, especially the winds that come before them.
  • Take preventative medication as directed, even when they’re symptom free.
  • Carry relievers and know how to manage an asthma attack. Follow their asthma action plan or use asthma first aid.
  • If you or your loved one develops mild asthma symptoms, call NURSE-ON-CALL (1300 60 60 24), see a local doctor, or speak with a pharmacist.
  • If their condition is urgent, not improving or getting worse, call triple zero (000) or attend hospital.

Supercare pharmacies are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with a free registered nursing service on-site from 6 pm to 10 pm, every day.

View English and multicultural resources relating to thunderstorm asthma to share with your patients.


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Advance Care Planning

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Three local Health Networks in the SEMPHN catchment offer Advance Care Planning services. There are several useful online tools as well.

What is Advance Care Planning?

Advance Care Planning is the process by which individuals discuss their wishes and preferences in regards to their healthcare with their family and health care providers.

Advance Care Directives are an individual’s record of these wishes and preferences and are legal documents. Experts in Advance Care Planning recommend that an individual has a Directive to ensure that their wishes and preferences are respected.

Benefits of Advance Care Planning:

  • A person continues to have a say in their medical care, even when they lose that physical or mental capacity
  • People are comforted knowing they are more likely to receive treatment they want, and not receive the treatment they would not want
  • Carers and family can make decisions knowing their loved ones choices
  • The conversation itself can strengthen relationships between family, carers and friends.

People often need help to develop an Advance Care Plan that will guide their medical treatment and care.

Health professionals should encourage people to upload their ACPs and Advance Directives to their My Health Record. Instructions are on the My Health Record website.

The Department of Health and Human Services provides information and resources.

Where is there help for people with Advance Care Planning?

The local hospital networks provide Advance Care Planning (ACP) services, which help individuals to write their Advance Care Directive. Individuals can refer themselves, or be referred by a health service.

Peninsula Health ACP service

Alfred Health ACP Service

Monash Health ACP Service

Other help with Advance Care Planning:

Useful tools online include:

Advance Care Planning Australia
Advance Care Planning Australia is a national program funded by the Australian Government Department of Health, helping people make the best choices for their life and health care.

My Values website
The MyValues website is a set of specially constructed statements designed to help people identify, consider and communicate their wishes about the medical treatment they would want in the later stages of life.

Planning ahead – Start2Talk
Dementia Australia’s Planning ahead – Start2Talk website provides Advance Care Planning resources and help for people, or carers and health professionals caring for, with dementia.


We aim to create a Victoria where everyone can enjoy better health and wellbeing.

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With around half of all Australians experiencing mental illness in their lifetime, we want to help reduce inequities related to poor mental wellbeing.

We know that it’s important to intervene early to improve long term outcomes, so we’re working to help improve the mental wellbeing of young Victorians aged 12-25 years by helping them feel more connected to their communities.

Another key focus area is creating a more equitable society for people of all genders, including promoting healthy masculinities and tackling harmful gender stereotypes for young men and boys aged 12-25 years.

We see mental wellbeing as the embodiment of social and emotional wellbeing – not merely the absence of mental illness. Mental wellbeing is a dynamic state in which people are able to develop their potential, work productively and creatively, build positive and respectful relationships with others, and meaningfully contribute to the community.

Click on link below for more information:

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