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Protesters holding a vigil last year for deceased asylum seeker Hamid Khazaei, who died in a Brisbane hospital due to an infection at the Manus Island detention centre in 2014. Darren England/AAP

The evidence is clear: the medevac law saves lives. But even this isn’t enough to alleviate refugee suffering

A Senate report details the high need for refugees on Manus Island and Nauru to be able to seek medical care in Australia. The fate of the medevac law now rests in Jacqui Lambie's hands.
People with mental illness are especially vulnerable after they are discharged from hospital. From shutterstock.com

For people with a mental illness, loved ones who care are as important as formal supports

People with mental illness are at their most vulnerable when they're discharged from hospital. Without the support of family or friends at this time, they're less likely to recover.
When a student dies by suicide, university communities grapple with the fact that an opportunity for a suffering person to receive help was missed. (Pexels)

Compassionate ‘zero-suicide’ prevention on campuses urgently needed

As universities advocate for 'zero suicide' frameworks, it is important for university leaders to work at suicide awareness, prevention and response, and to reinforce a culture of compassion.
Having a hallucination or delusion doesn’t necessarily mean you have a mental health condition, such as schizophrenia. Tero Vesalainen/ Shutterstock

Psychotic experiences are quite common even among people who don’t have a mental health condition

As many as one in ten people will have a psychotic experience in their lifetime – and researchers now know your genes play a role.
Mental disorders are treatable, but a key stumbling block towards positive campus responses in health care has been a lack of systematically collected data. (Shutterstock)

University student mental health care is at the tipping point

Mental health researchers based at Queen's University in Canada and Oxford University in the U.K. are helping universities take the lead in developing improved student mental health care.
People with depression experience symptoms that affect their mood, cognitive function and physical health. from www.shutterstock.com

Depression: it’s a word we use a lot, but what exactly is it?

Understanding of depression has advanced significantly since the first diagnostic criteria were introduced in the 1980s, but we still lack clear consensus on how this mental disorder should be explained.
Helen Haines (centre-right) made history at the election as the first federal independent to succeed another independent. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Politics with Michelle Grattan: Independent MP Helen Haines on using ‘soft power’

Independent MP Helen Haines on using ‘soft power’ The Conversation, CC BY27.1 MB (download)
Helen Haines, who does not have the real legislative power her predecessor, Cathy McGowan shared after the Coalition fell into minority government, says "building relationships is key to getting things done".

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