Women abused by partners suffer lifelong health problems – study

First long-term Australian study to investigate impacts of intimate partner violence finds those who have survived abuse ‘recorded significantly poorer health’

Women who are abused by their partner suffer significant physical and mental health problems that persist throughout their lifetime, the first long-term Australian study to investigate the health impacts of intimate partner violence has found.

The research, led by the University of Newcastle’s research centre for generational health and ageing, followed 16,761 participants from the Women’s Health Australia study for 16 years from 1996.

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Veterans say report on anti-malaria drug mefloquine downplays side-effects

Former soldiers say they were not properly informed of potential hazards, including neurological problems, suicidal thoughts and nightmares

An unpublished government report on an anti-malarial drug given to thousands of Australian soldiers has been criticised by a decorated war veteran for downplaying the drug’s side-effects.

Mefloquine, also known as Lariam, was given to soldiers deployed to Bougainville and Timor-Leste more than 15 years ago as part of clinical trials comparing its efficacy to doxycycline, an antibiotic and the first-line medication for malaria prevention in the Australian defence force.

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Teenagers’ sleep quality and mental health at risk over late-night mobile phone use

Researchers advise ‘physical boundaries’ over devices in bedrooms after study finds poor sleep associated with phone use linked to depressed moods

Teenagers’ late-night mobile phone use is harming their sleep and potentially their mental health, say researchers who advised that “physical boundaries” be set over use of such devices in the bedroom.

A longitudinal study of 1,101 Australian high school students aged between 13 and 16 found poor-quality sleep associated with late-night texting or calling was linked to a decline in mental health, such as depressed moods and declines in self-esteem and coping ability.

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Peter Dutton’s office tells Canadian-Australian: ‘go back to US and deal with Trump’

Doug Stetner, who has represented Australia in underwater rugby, called Dutton’s office to voice support for asylum seekers

A Canadian-born Australian citizen who called Peter Dutton’s Brisbane office to voice opposition to treatment of asylum seekers says an electorate officer told him to “go back to the United States then and deal with Trump”.

Doug Stetner, an Australian citizen for 21 years, who represented the national men’s team at the 2015 underwater rugby world cup in Colombia, said the response from the immigration minister’s staffer was both “offensive and comical”.

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Medical training is a tragedy waiting to happen. We shouldn’t be silent about it | Georgina Dent

I don’t want to write about being married to a doctor but complicity in the silence around the pressures of practising medicine isn’t a victory for anyone

My stomach lurched when I learned that Andrew Bryant, a husband, son, father of four and gastroenterologist took his life last week. My heart sank when I read the eloquent and succinct letter his wife wrote to his friends and colleagues about it.

My reaction was visceral. I didn’t know Dr Bryant and I don’t know his family. And yet it felt painfully close to home.

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Miriam Merten’s family call for mental health inquiry after her death in Lismore hospital

Family says the the ‘disgraceful’ treatment of patients in NSW’s mental health care facilities needs to be investigated

The family of Miriam Merten, a mentally ill mother-of-two who died in Lismore base hospital, have called for an extensive public inquiry into the “disgraceful and horrific” treatment of patients in mental health care facilities in New South Wales.

The family expressed their deep shock and horror at recently released CCTV footage of Merten’s final moments and the neglect of hospital staff.

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Mentally ill woman’s treatment in Lismore hospital ‘deeply distressing’, says health minister

Greg Hunt supports ‘strongest possible steps’ after footage of naked NSW woman covered in faeces falling over 25 times shocks coroner

Appalling footage of a mentally ill woman stumbling around a NSW hospital, covered in faeces and falling over at least 25 times before she died of a brain injury, has shocked the public and politicians.

Footage released by the coroner shows the woman, mother-of-two Miriam Merten, locked in a seclusion room for more than five hours at the Lismore Adult Mental Health Inpatient Unit on 1 June 2014.

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Veterans’ mental health services to get $350m budget boost

Former defence personnel will no longer have to prove illness caused by service under package announced by Dan Tehan

Veterans will no longer have to prove their mental health problems were caused by their service after a $350m package expanding support services announced on Sunday.

The veterans’ affairs minister, Dan Tehan, said the package in the federal budget was “new money” that would cut claim times and improve mental health and prevention.

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$350m for vet mental health is great news & a great result from the inquiry I established #auspol https://t.co/6QOH2YQd2y

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Nauru self-immolation led to ‘up to 50’ similar threats and attempts

One man reported finding his pregnant wife covered in petrol with a lighter in her hand, Senate inquiry told

The self-immolation of a refugee on Nauru last year triggered as many as 50 similar suicide threats and attempts by people who had lost hope, including a pregnant woman, a former refugee worker has told a Senate inquiry.

The startling submission about the conditions on Nauru as recently as September provides a description that would otherwise be outlawed under the Border Force Act’s disclosure provisions.

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13 Reasons Why ‘not helpful’, suicide prevention summit told

Lifeline chief says Netflix series risks presenting suicide as ‘legitimate choice’ and crosses line with depiction of means

The controversial new Netflix series 13 Reasons Why is “not helpful”, says Australia’s national suicide prevention charity as it strives to reach a cross-sector response to the issue.

Representatives from industries including finance, agribusiness, retail and sport joined suicide prevention experts and academics for the inaugural National Stop Suicide Summit in Sydney on Monday, hosted by Lifeline Australia.

How do you attack the loneliness of modern life that makes people feel this way?

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Call for minister to quit over damning report on Adelaide nursing home

SA opposition leader says if Leesa Vlahos doesn’t resign she must be sacked after revelation of dementia patient abuse

Pressure is growing on South Australia’s mental health minister to quit over a damning report on the standard of care at a state-run nursing home for dementia patients.

The opposition leader, Steven Marshall, says Leesa Vlahos must go and if she refuses to resign the premier, Jay Weatherill, must sack her.

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Postpartum psychosis: research reveals full recovery possible within weeks

For new mothers who experience this rare and little-understood mental health condition, the consequences can be fatal. But early identification and treatment can have rapid benefits

Sarah West says in the days after the birth of her son in 2012, she felt the emotions many new mothers describe – a mixture of joy combined with anxiety about breastfeeding and whether she was doing everything right.

But around one week after the birth, West’s new-mum anxiety went into overdrive. Despite the exhaustion that comes with being a new parent, she was unable to sleep when her baby slept. Her thoughts raced.

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Alzheimer’s: ultrasound safely delivers drugs to damaged brains of mice

Scientists at Queensland Brain Institute find noninvasive technique slows progression of Alzheimer’s disease in mice

Australian researchers say they have made a promising step in the future treatment of Alzheimer’s disease after discovering ultrasound can effectively and safely deliver drugs to the damaged brain.

Scientists at the Queensland Brain Institute found the noninvasive technique successfully penetrated the blood-brain barrier to deliver a therapeutic antibody to the brain. This then slowed the progression of Alzheimer’s disease in mice, according to a study published in the journal Brain.

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Suicide rate among defence veterans far higher than for those currently serving

National Mental Health Commission says reason for phenomenon requires further investigation

The rate of suicide among current serving Australian defence force members is much lower than the general population, but higher for those who have left the force, particularly if under 30 years of age.

The National Mental Health Commission says the reason for this phenomenon needs to be better understood, requiring further investigation.

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Sarah Wilson on living with anxiety: there’s no sugarcoating mental illness

Her cookbook I Quit Sugar made her the face of health and wellness, but Wilson’s memoir, First, We Make the Beast Beautiful, traverses much darker terrain

If you’ve visited a bookshop in the last few years, you would have found it hard to avoid a tanned and lean Sarah Wilson beaming out at you from the covers on the front shelves. Her cookbooks, I Quit Sugar and Simplicious, have been bestsellers, and her name is synonymous with terms such as “clean living” and “vitality”.

Wilson’s latest book couldn’t be more different. The cover is dark blue, with an illustration of a gloomy octopus – even the title itself seems like something from a poetry collection with a small print run.

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