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New mobile phone ban to protect primary school kids’ mental health

Mobile phones will be banned in primary school classrooms in a New South Wales Government bid to reduce online bullying and risk factors associated with students’ mental health. The introduction of the new law was announced Thursday and followed a commission in June led by psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg. Under the new rules, students will…

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Singapore study finds mental illness more prevalent in young adults

Young Singaporean adults aged 18-34 are most at risk of developing a mental health illness, a Singapore Mental Health Study has found. A report on the findings, released on Tuesday this week, showed individuals in that age group were most likely to have experienced bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, alcohol abuse, and obsessive compulsive disorder.…

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Minister for Health calls Health Technology Assessment Roundtable

Federal Health Minister, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP, has called for a Health Technology Assessment roundtable following discussions with the research-based life sciences sector earlier this year. According to Health Dispatch, former chair of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC), Emeritus Professor Lloyd Sansom, will be the master of ceremonies, and the agenda will include…

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Telum Talks To… Emma Thompson, Managing Partner, Spurwing Communications & Kirsten Bruce, Principal, VIVA! Communications

Telum recently chatted with Emma Thompson from Spurwing Communications in Singapore and Kirsten Bruce from Australia’s VIVA! Communications about their agencies and being part of global agency partnership GLOBALHealthPR. Can you tell us more about GLOBALHealthPR and how the network operates? Kirsten: GLOBALHealthPR (GHPR) is the world’s largest partnership of independently owned health and science communication agencies. Our global network…

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Infections raise risk of mental disorders in kids

Infections like bronchitis in children and adolescents have been linked with an increased risk of developing a mental illness later in life, a study has shown. In the Jama Psychiarty study, researchers found being hospitalised for a serious infection increased the risk of hospital contact due to mental disorders by 84 per cent. The risk…

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