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By Stacy Notaras Murphy Although the episode took place many years ago, R. Jane Williams still gets a lump in her throat when she thinks about the nine months she spent counseling a young mother dying of breast cancer. The client’s wrenching story of her husband’s initial denial of her illness would ... Read More


Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD) are said to affect two to three percent of the population for OCD (that is: more than 500,000 Australians) and one percent for OCPD, although three to ten percent of the psychiatric population is said to have it (Long, 2011). Many cases ... Read More

According to the World Health Organization website, “approximately 1.2 billion people in the world live in extreme poverty (on less than one dollar per day)” ( accessed 30 May 2013). According to the World Bank web site “2.4 billion live on less than US $2 a day, the average ... Read More

Mental Health Academy ( is Australia's largest provider of continuing professional development for mental health professionals. MHA members can access over 100 professional development programs, including text-based courses and video workshops. Following are some of the latest programs released by MHA...   Group Microskills: Encountering Diversity This video is invaluable for both group and ... Read More

Chronic pain affects 29 percent of Australians, which means that at any given time nearly three out of ten people are suffering in some way (Stollznow Research for Pfizer Australia, 2010). When we add the emotional, physical, and financial challenges of the people who care for them, the percentage of ... Read More

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