WayAhead Directory for Mental Health Services

The WayAhead Directory is a searchable online database that anyone in the community can use to access local mental health and related services. These services also include community support organisations, legal, employment and recreation services and information resources when and where they’re needed.

Currently, the WayAhead Directory lists information on more than 5,600 mental health and other related services. Search results are determined by location and can be filtered by demographic subgroups, types of services and more.

Best of all, the WayAhead Directory is free of charge. 

The Directory is available at: https://directory.wayahead.org.au/

If you would like to register your organisation or service with the directory, you can at https://directory.wayahead.org.au/add-or-update-listing/ 

Australian Genetics of Depression Study Seeking Participants

The Australian Genetics of Depression Study is recruiting Australian adults – aged 18 and above – who have been treated for clinical depression.

Clinical depression is a common mental illness, often referred to as depression, which will affect almost one in five people during their lifetime.

The World Health Organization (WHO) predicts that by 2020, clinical depression will impose the second highest burden of any disease in Australia and other advanced countries.

The overarching objective of the Australian Genetics of Depression Study is to learn more about the genetic drivers of clinical depression, and the genetic factors that influence the effectiveness of various clinical depression treatments.

Study researchers are working to recruit more than 20,000 Australians aged 18+ to the study who:

Have been treated for clinical depression in the past; or

Are currently being treated for clinical depression.

To participate in the Australian Genetics of Depression Study:

  • Call: 1800 257 179
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Write to: Locked Bag 2000, Royal Brisbane Hospital, Herston, QLD, 4029, AUSTRALIA.

Visit the website for details on the Australian Genetics of Depression Study.


SWASH Survey of LBQ+ Women

ACON is currently surveying LBQ+ women on their sexual and general health. SWASH is the longest running and only regular survey of LBQ women’s health and wellbeing in Australia (and probably the world).

The survey is a comprehensive survey of sexual and gender identity; community connection; smoking, alcohol and drug use; sexual health; height and weight; psychological wellbeing; experiences of anti-gay, sexual and domestic violence; parenthood intentions; preventive health behaviour; healthcare access and satisfaction; and knowledge questions on reproductive health.

Here is the link to the online survey:



Call for Sharing of Project Information

Are you currently working on a research project that is not funded by ANROWS (Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety) and addresses issues of domestic and family violence, sexual violence, violence against women or gendered violence? Does your work explores one or several of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children’s six national outcomes?

  • Communities are safe and free from violence
  • Relationships are respectful
  • Indigenous communities are strengthened
  • Services meet the needs of women and their children experiencing violence
  • Justice responses are effective
  • Perpetrators stop their violence and are held to account

ANROWS would like to hear from you if you are interested in sharing your project information. They would like to promote your work on ANROWS’s website, and through other promotional material and events, such as ANROWS’s 2nd National Research Conference on Violence against Women and their Children: “Acting on Evidence”, to be held at Sofitel Wentworth Sydney, 15-17 May 2018.

To submit your project information, please complete the online form.

If you interested in presenting a poster at ANROWS’s conference, contact Lisa Gordon at [email protected]


Seeking your views – the Aged Care Workforce Strategy

A Department of Health public consultation on the Aged Care Workforce Strategy is now open on the Consultation Hub. The consultation will be open until 16 March 2018.
The Taskforce is developing a strategy for growing and sustaining the workforce providing aged care services and support for older people, to meet their care needs in a variety of settings across Australia.
For information and updates, visit the Aged Care Workforce Strategy Taskforce website.

Dementia Australia Highlights Importance of Reaching Out

Dementia Australia has begun a campaign to raise awareness of its services and the importance of people reaching out to access services. It highlights the life-changing impact support and services can have.

There are more than 425,000 people living with dementia in Australia, with an estimated 250 people developing dementia each day, prompting calls for the individuals, families and carers impacted to turn to Dementia Australia and access support that can empower them to live well.

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said while there is no cure for dementia, which is the second leading cause of death of Australians and the leading cause of death among Australian women, the right support, information and help can make a life-changing difference to people living with the condition.

Dementia Australia provides essential, expert advice and support services for people living with dementia providing integrated support from pre-diagnosis right through to end-of-life.

Read the full media release.

To contact Dementia Australia, call the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500 or go to www.dementia.org.au

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