More money can’t buy happiness for GPs

The Medicare rebate freeze appears to have caused a dip in morale for GPs, even though hourly earnings for the profession rose at double the national average. An ANZ-Melbourne Institute Health Sector Report shows job satisfaction and work-life balance plateaued then tapered off after the freeze was first introduced in 2013. Job satisfaction fell by 1.5% over three years, while work-life balance dropped 1.2% over … Continue reading More money can’t buy happiness for GPs

Medical bodies say politicians causing falling job satisfaction among GPs

The “constant” and “unfair” targeting of general practitioners by politicians is one of the reasons behind a decline in job satisfaction within the profession, the heads of Australia’s peak medical bodies say. A report from the University of Melbourne’s Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research published on Wednesday found general practitioners are experiencing lower job satisfaction and a decline in work-life balance. The findings … Continue reading Medical bodies say politicians causing falling job satisfaction among GPs

Need a mental health tune-up? Seeking help is cheaper than you think

Gone are the days of stigma about seeing a psychologist – many Aussies seek professional help to cope if they’re feeling stressed or blue, and part of it is thanks to Medicare rebates for psychology sessions. If you’re struggling emotionally, you can go and see a GP for a Mental Health Treatment Plan that allows you to see a psychologist six to 10 times per … Continue reading Need a mental health tune-up? Seeking help is cheaper than you think

RACGP president Bastian Seidel says AIHW report shows alcohol abuse treatment is working

The head of Australia’s peak general practitioner body has praised the success of mental health treatment in Tasmania.  It comes after a report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare which found alcohol consumption has decreased, but more Australians are seeking treatment for alcohol and mental health related issues. 广告 The national report found alcohol consumption per person decreased from 10.8 litres per person in 2008-9 … Continue reading RACGP president Bastian Seidel says AIHW report shows alcohol abuse treatment is working

Antidepressants not a ‘quick fix’ for GPs: Mental Health Council of Tasmania

A LEADING mental health organisation has advised against general practitioners administering antidepressants as a quick fix. The Mental Health Council of Tasmania says GPs need to discuss treatments with patients first and foremost after the release of a research paper by the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health. The article found an increased placebo rate in the latest studies of antidepressants. ​It suggested medication treatment be combined with … Continue reading Antidepressants not a ‘quick fix’ for GPs: Mental Health Council of Tasmania

Experts divided on antidepressant data

NEW data on antidepressants, which highlights patterns in mental health services and pharmaceuticals, has drawn a mixed response from experts. The ABS statistics, released in March, used 2011 census data to capture Australians accessing subsidised mental health services on the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) and/or the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). It found 51 per cent of the 52,809 Tasmanians using antidepressants accessed the medications without other treatments.  ABS data also showed 64 per cent of Tasmanians … Continue reading Experts divided on antidepressant data