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Medici medical app launches in South Africa
Medici medical app launches in South Africa

A medical app, Medici, that is said to be revolutionising the doctor-patient relationship, is now available in South Africa...

3 days ago

Progress report on new psychology scope of practice
Progress report on new psychology scope of practice

The minister of health, the HPCSA and the the PBP are working on the regulations to define the psychology scope of practice properly...

26 Apr 2017

Inspiration for South Africa at Festival of Learning
Inspiration for South Africa at Festival of Learning

With every sector of the country in considerable turmoil, a wide range of homegrown solutions, approaches and ideas are on the programme of the upcoming sixth annual Psychology Festival of Learning hosted by SACAP...

Issued by SACAP 24 Apr 2017

HPCSA on psych scope of practice
HPCSA on psych scope of practice

The HPCSA has issued a statement clarifying the current situation on the regulations defining the scope of the profession for psychology...

9 Mar 2017

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Gauteng increases mental health spending after Esidimeni crisis

Gauteng finance MEC Barbara Creecy tabled a R108bn budget for the province, which included R10bn added to the baseline of departments to meet increased demand...

By Genevieve Quintal 8 Mar 2017

The Esidimeni 94
The Esidimeni 94

A press statement from the CEO of COHSASA, Ms Jacqui Stewart, on the report of the Office of the Health Ombud, Professor Malegapuru Makgoba, No guns: 94+ silent deaths and still counting...

Issued by COHSASA 13 Feb 2017

Gauteng Health HOD suspended
Gauteng Health HOD suspended

Gauteng Premier David Makhura has placed the Head of the Department of Health, Dr Tiego Selebano, on precautionary suspension in line with the recommendation of the Heath Ombudsman...

9 Feb 2017

SASOP calls for action on the state of mental health
SASOP calls for action on the state of mental health

An urgent call to overhaul of the entire mental healthcare system in Gauteng has been made by the SASOP, in response to the health ombud's report on the deaths of mentally ill patients...

9 Feb 2017

Spotting early signs of ADHD in young children
Spotting early signs of ADHD in young children

With so many children starting school, parents and teachers should be acutely aware of the symptoms of ADHD to ensure they don't go unnoticed – and untreated...

18 Jan 2017

Boris Dzhingarov
Drug education and why it is important to every individual

With illegal drugs easily made available to anyone looking for them, it is important that people focus on raising awareness about the dangers of drugs and drug abuse...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 23 Dec 2016

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UN castigates DoH for Esidimeni deaths

The UN said the deaths of psychiatric patients is a human rights violation resulting from poor planning...

6 Dec 2016

Social contracts and treating mental illness
Social contracts and treating mental illness

Psychiatrists need to "think out of the box" when treating mentally ill patients, such as working together with communities and respecting patients...

28 Nov 2016

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Changing the status quo in mental health treatment

When a patient with whom he thought he had a good rapport punched him in the face, Dr Manaan Kar Ray found himself ashamed, mentally exhausted, and anxious...

23 Nov 2016

The battle for better mental health care
The battle for better mental health care

AU chair, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma urged the WHO to back the bid for the World Bank to switch from loans to grants to fund health projects...

21 Nov 2016

Source: M&G/Felix Dlangamandla
Health MEC breaks her silence on psychiatric patients

In June 2015, Gauteng health MEC, Qedani Mahlangu, announced that the department would terminate its contract with private hospital group, Life Healthcare...

By Laura Lopez Gonzalez 10 Nov 2016

PTSD: What every employer needs to know
PTSD: What every employer needs to know

It is essential that employers understand the difference between Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other forms of work-related stress or fatigue, and recognise if their employees are suffering from this stress-related illness...

12 Oct 2016

#GlobalMentalHealth: Stress impacts corporate bottom line
#GlobalMentalHealth: Stress impacts corporate bottom line

Burnout is responsible for a loss of earnings estimated at R40,6bn, equalling 2,2% of the country's annual GDP...

10 Oct 2016

Life Mental Health opens new unit in Cape Town
Life Mental Health opens new unit in Cape Town

Life Vincent Pallotti Hospital in Cape Town has opened a new unit - Life St Vincent's - offering services to mental health patients...

22 Sep 2016

The Akeso Group launches outpatient programme
The Akeso Group launches outpatient programme

A post-discharge programme aimed at reducing incidence of hospital readmissions has been launched...

18 Jul 2016

#YouthMonth: Societal influences affect youngsters' mental health
#YouthMonth: Societal influences affect youngsters' mental health

Crime and violence, peer pressure and substance abuse has a hugely adverse effect on the mental and emotional state of mind of South African youngsters.

14 Jun 2016

Boris Dzhingarov
Stress at work - How meditation can help

The right kind of stress can result in increased preparation and enhance performance. But stress can, of course, also be hugely damaging. At its worst, stress can kill...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 26 May 2016

Akeso Clinic, Umlhanga, KZN
New psychiatric facility opens in KZN

A new private psychiatric clinic was almost full almost a week after opening, thanks to the increased awareness of mental health in communities...

1 Mar 2016

SA's toddlers - a Ritalin generation?
SA's toddlers - a Ritalin generation?

Wanting South Africa to avoid the epidemic of psychotropic drug abuse of children, as seen in the US, the Citizens Commission on Human Rights International (CCHR) has launched a campaign to inform South African parents and teachers about prescribed psychotropic drug risks in children.

2 Feb 2016

Yale's depression model outperforms psychiatrists
Yale's depression model outperforms psychiatrists

A simple questionnaire filled out by depressed patients can help identify whether a particular medication is likely to help them, according to a new study by Yale University researchers...

By Bill Hathaway 21 Jan 2016

World Innovation Summit for Health will hold 'Behavioural Insights' Forum
World Innovation Summit for Health will hold 'Behavioural Insights' Forum

During its 2016 conference in Doha, Qatar on 29-30 November 2016, the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) will hold a 'Behavioural Insights' Forum...

19 Jan 2016

Avoiding mental relapses in tough times
Avoiding mental relapses in tough times

Many South Africans, already mentally fragile because of personal or external circumstances, may find it increasingly difficult to remain mentally healthy, fit and focused, as predictions of more political, economic and social turmoil and volatility in South Africa, set the scene for a particularly challenging 2016...

15 Jan 2016

South African professionals more stressed over health than family
South African professionals more stressed over health than family

The second annual Profmed Stress Index has identified health as the number one cause of stress among South Africa's professionals...

11 Dec 2015

Possible links between HIV/AIDS and mental disorders
Possible links between HIV/AIDS and mental disorders

Due to the virus's tendency to replicate in the central nervous tissue, HIV/AIDS may cause direct physiological injury to brain matter and neurological pathways, thereby leading to neurocognitive disorders...

1 Dec 2015

Trauma exacerbates physical, mental disorders
Trauma exacerbates physical, mental disorders

The University of Cape Town study, using data from the South African Stress and Health Study (SASH), found that exposure to trauma had a direct link to arthritis, cardiovascular and respiratory disease, chronic pain and mental illness such as anxiety...

26 Nov 2015

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