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Australian medical students welcome announcement of National University Mental Health Framework

05 Sep 2018

Media release

Wednesday 5th September 2018

 

Australian medical students welcome announcement of National University Mental Health Framework

 

The Australian Medical Students Association (AMSA), the peak representative body for Australia’s 17,000 medical students, welcomes today’s announcement of funding for a National University Mental Health Framework.

The Hon Greg Hunt, Federal Minister for Health, made the announcement today at the Orygen facility. The Framework was a joint proposal put forward by AMSA and Orygen, the National Centre for Excellence in Youth Mental Health.

“Young Australians aged 18 to 24 years old have higher rates mental health issues than any other age group, and poor mental health is particularly prevalent amongst university students,” AMSA President Alex Farrell said.

“Poor mental health can be crippling for students’ ability to study and meet the demands of university.

“As medical students, we have seen the tragic consequences of ignoring university student mental health. Mental health amongst medical students has been shown to be considerably worse than the general population.

Despite knowing that students are at high risk for poor mental health, we haven't seen this area get the attention it deserves. We hope this Framework will set a standard and acts as a guide for universities to best support their students.

“We would also love to see more investment in research in this area. We have plenty of research about the prevalence of mental health conditions in university students, but we don’t have the research to identify interventions that actually work.

“The conversation about university students and their mental health support needs is long overdue. This announcement is an important first step in turning the focus on supporting our university students. It is an opportunity to bring everyone - students, universities and the mental health sector - together, to get on the same page.                                                         

“Orygen, as an organisation that is already a leader in the youth mental health research sphere, is well-positioned to lead this initiative moving forward. The Australian Medical Students’ Association is looking forward to continuing with our partnership and involvement in the Framework.”

 

If you or someone you know needs help, mental health professionals are available at: Beyondblue phone 24/7 on 1300 224 636 or via www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support for online chat (3PM-12AM AEST) or email responses (within 24 hours)

Headspace on 1800 650 890

Lifeline on 13 11 14

 

Photographs from the launch are available.

 

Media contact

Joel Selby

pro@amsa.org.au

M 0406919800


Published: 05 Sep 2018