[ASC-list] Fwd: BRIEFING: Anxiety - Why is it taking Australians so long to seek help and get treated?

Susannah Eliott Susannah at smc.org.au
Fri Apr 5 02:52:16 UTC 2019

Hi fellow ASCers
You are welcome to tune in for this background briefing on anxiety on Monday. We’re hosting it but the content is from NPF organisation, NPS MedicineWise.

Susannah Eliott
CEO, Science Media Centre

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Date: 5 April 2019 at 7:59:40 am ACDT
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Subject: BRIEFING: Anxiety - Why is it taking Australians so long to seek help and get treated?
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5 April 2019
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BRIEFING ALERT: Anxiety - why is it taking Australians so long to seek help and get treated?

BRIEFING: Monday, 08 April 2019 at 11:00 AEST ONLINE

One in seven Australians live with an anxiety disorder, making it the most common mental health issue in Australia. Yet anxiety disorders often go unrecognised and untreated for long periods - people with an anxiety disorder wait an average of 8.2 years to seek treatment. A survey* to be released by NPS MedicineWise<https://smc.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=fdc5316d8cbd7a248ee94eaeb&id=45e82847a9&e=69d18f3830> on Monday shows that most Australians are unaware of some of the more effective treatments available for anxiety disorders and underestimate the time taken for those with the condition to seek help.

The survey is part of an education campaign on anxiety designed to raise awareness of this common mental health issue and increase the public's understanding of the treatment options available.  Furthermore, NPS MedicineWise educators are visiting 8,000 GPs around Australia to discuss the diagnosis and treatment of anxiety disorders.

Join this online briefing with NPS MedicineWise to hear from expert clinicians and a consumer about her experience with anxiety.


  *   Gemma Latter is a consumer and pharmacy student who was diagnosed with several anxiety disorders at the age of 16. She will talk about her experiences and her journey for improvement with the help of psychological treatments and medicines.
  *   Dr Jeannie Yoo is a general practitioner and clinical adviser at NPS MedicineWise. She will present the results of the new survey and explain the key messages of the NPS MedicineWise national education program.
  *   Dr Alison Mahoney is a senior clinical psychologist at the Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety and Depression (CRUfAD) at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney. She will talk about psychological treatments for anxiety disorders and her experience of people taking the first steps to seek help with their anxiety.

Note: to organise interviews with the presenters please contact Matthew Harris ((02) 8217 9229, 0419 618 365 or media at nps.org.au<mailto:media at nps.org.au>). Survey results and information about anxiety will be available on the NPS MedicineWise<https://smc.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=fdc5316d8cbd7a248ee94eaeb&id=0204288f92&e=69d18f3830> website from 11am on 8 April 2019.

Join the briefing

Date: Monday 08 April 2019
Start time: 11:00am AEST
Duration: Approx 45 min
Venue: Online

Journalists can follow the briefing online via audio and video streaming.  Each presenter will speak for 5-7 minutes followed by questions. Journalists will have the opportunity to ask questions online.

1. Go to the briefing web portal by clicking here 5 minutes before the start time or anytime during the briefing<https://smc.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=fdc5316d8cbd7a248ee94eaeb&id=a7a57e0211&e=69d18f3830>. Alternatively go to scimex.org<https://smc.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=fdc5316d8cbd7a248ee94eaeb&id=be820ebfc8&e=69d18f3830> and follow the links.
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1. For phone only access please call: 02 8518 1927.
2. Enter meeting number 570 719 263. Wait for the prompt and press #.

You can now also tune into media briefings using your smartphone, but you will need to install the 'Webex Meet' app first. To follow the briefing using your phone, select the app, click 'join meeting' and then enter the 9-digit meeting number mentioned above.

Radio stations can also record the briefing over a phone line. If you would like to make sure that you can connect, please contact us to arrange a quick test before the day.

If you have any problems joining the briefing online, phone Webex on 1800 493 239 quoting event number 570 719 263.

Video files will be posted on scimex.org<https://smc.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=fdc5316d8cbd7a248ee94eaeb&id=dc929ffdd7&e=69d18f3830> as soon as possible after the event.
For further information, please contact the AusSMC on 08 7120 8666 or email info at smc.org.au<mailto:info at smc.org.au>.

*Survey results and information about anxiety will be available on the NPS MedicineWise<https://smc.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=fdc5316d8cbd7a248ee94eaeb&id=e2b8dcd5b7&e=69d18f3830> website from 11am on 8 April 2019.

The AusSMC generally runs two different types of media briefings:
NEWS BRIEFINGS – Where new research or data will be released as part of the briefing
BACKGROUND BRIEFINGS – Where experts discuss an issue which is in the news or an issue we consider newsworthy, but no new research or data is being released

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