Posts by paul

Influential doctors aren’t disclosing their drug company ties

Transparency seems to be worse in cardiac and diabetes drugs.

Ray Moynihan, Bond University and Lisa Bero, University of Sydney In September, the New York Times revealed that one of the world’s top cancer specialists had quietly received millions of dollars from drug and other companies. And what’s more, he’d failed to disclose the payments in many of his high-profile medical journal articles. A few…

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Do chatbots have a role to play in suicide prevention?

chatbots and suicide prevention

Australia’s first suicide prevention chatbot for the family and friends of those in crisis was launched last week by Lifeline, a nonprofit organisation dedicated to crisis support and suicide prevention. The chatbot, developed in partnership with Twitter, is called #BeALifeline Direct Message (DM) Chatbot. It seeks to help the family and friends of those at…

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Wastewater results show highest cocaine use in NSW

Cocaine Wastewater Study

The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission has today released the fifth report of the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program, revealing New South Wales reported the highest levels of average cocaine consumption in capital city and regional sites nationwide. Based on wastewater findings, the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission estimates
1,814.6 kilograms of cocaine is consumed in the state…

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Learning Games: The Beer Game

I encountered an interesting training activity recently called the beer game. Originally developed in the 1960s, the beer distribution game is an experiential learning activity designed to show the challenges of supply chain management. It’s played by four people on a large table, using a specially-printed underlay (which you can see in a couple of…

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World Suicide Prevention Day – September 10th

World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) is held on September 10th each year and is an initiative of the International Association for Suicide Prevention. There is also an Australian WSPD site, associated with Suicide Prevention Australia. Other useful resources are the R U OK? website and the Black Dog Institute’s suicide & self-harm section. Created by The Centre For…

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Suicide Prevention

I’m doing the Black Dog Institute’s workshop on Advanced Training In Suicide Prevention this weekend, and came across an article written by Thomas Joiner as part of the pre-reading. He has developed a model from his research that shows that several factors in combination need to be present for someone to attempt suicide – the perception that they…

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Why Rates of Mental Illness Aren’t Going Down Despite Higher Spending (CTC)

Improving mental health depends on distributing money more fairly.

Successive Australian governments have increased their spending on mental health over the last few decades, which is a good thing. But when the rate of mental illness isn’t going down, we need to step back and ask why. Research shows there is unfairness in how Australia’s mental health care is delivered. Improving mental health will…

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