10 January 2020
In 2018, the Australian Government Productivity Commission launched an inquiry to examine the effect of mental health on people’s ability to participate in and prosper in the community and workplace, and the effects it has more generally on our economy and productivity.
They released their draft report in late 2019 for further public consultation and input.
Key points include:
- Australia’s mental health: a generational shift is needed
In any year, approximately one in five Australians experiences mental ill-health. While most people manage their health themselves, many who do seek treatment are not receiving the level of care necessary. As a result, too many people suffer additional preventable physical and mental distress, relationship breakdown, stigma, and loss of life satisfaction and opportunities.
- A path for maintainable long term reform
Changes recommended are substantial but they would set Australia on a path for maintainable long term reform of its mental health system. Priority reforms are identified and a staged reform agenda is proposed.
- Reform area 1: prevention and early intervention for mental illness and suicide attempts
- Reform area 2: close critical gaps in healthcare services
- Reform area 3: investment in services beyond health
- Reform area 4: assistance for people with mental illness to get into work and enable early treatment of work-related mental illness
- Reform area 5: fundamental reform to care coordination, governance and funding arrangements
Read the draft report here.
Help to inform the ANMF (SA Branch) submission to the draft document and email your feedback to email@example.com by 5pm on Friday 17 January 2020.
The Commission also invites parties to register their interest in appearing before a public hearing.
Upcoming public hearing dates and venues:
9am – 5pm, Wednesday 5 February 2020
The Playford Hotel, 120 North Terrace Adelaide
Register your interest here.