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Australian Pre-school Children Set For Government Mental Health Screening

Posted: June 11th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Socially Engineered | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Australian Pre-school Children Set For Government Mental Health Screening

Australian Pre School Children Set For Government Mental Health ScreeningAustralian pre-school children are set to be screened for early signs of mental illness as part of an extension to the voluntary Government funded program, Healthy Kids Check. The Department of Health and Aging via it website say that the program aims to improve the health and well-being for Australian children by encouraging early detection of lifestyle risk factors and physical health issues, and facilitating early intervention strategies through the Healthy Kids Check Medicare items. This initiative aligns with the broader policy agenda of optimising outcomes for children through attention to health, learning and development.

The Australian Medical Association – AMA – currently supports the Federal Governments initiative to look for early signs of mental illness in three-year-old children. Though this hasn’t always been the case. In 2010, the then AMA President, Dr Andrew Pesce said via statement that the AMA supported the principle that parents should be given greater incentive to take personal responsibility for making sure that their children have a healthy start to life, but the Healthy Kids Check program was not the right way to achieve this outcome :: Read the full article »»»»


Melbourne Researchers Make Link Between Diabetes and Depression

Posted: May 21st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Medicated | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Melbourne Researchers Make Link Between Diabetes and Depression

Melbourne Researchers Make Link Between Diabetes and DepressionAustralian researchers have found a connection between diabetes and depression. The research has been presented to The Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Psychiatrist conference Cells,Circuits and Syndromes in Hobart, Tasmania this week by Dr Carol Silberberg.

Dr Silberberg, from the University of Melbourne, told the conference that recent research suggests depression can alter the way the body processes glucose and that, in turn, can complicate treatment of both conditions. Dr Silberberg said there were high rates of depression, anxiety and eating disorders among people with Type 1 diabetes.

“There’s growing evidence that diabetes can actually impact on depression and visa versa, so there’s actually what we call a bio-directional relationship and there is some evidence that depression can actually alter how the body processes glucose which can complicate things.” Dr Silberberg said. “The main thing at the moment is recognition and, in particular for General Practitioners, we’re trying to get the message out there that mental illnesses are a significant problem particularly in patients who have difficult to control diabetes.”