National Press Club Address
05 August 2015
National Mental Health Commission Chair, Professor Allan Fels gave an address to the National Press Club in Canberra titled: Time to aim higher. Why mental health must be part of Australia's economic and social reform agenda.
Professor Fels spoke about the significant impact of mental health on our economy. Download the speech PDF 649KB.
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Image: National Mental Health Commission Chair Prof Allan Fels with National Press Club President Mr Laurie Wilson
Mental health is a significant problem for our economy. Many people do not get the support they need, and governments get poor returns on substantial investment. In Australia, the overall cost of mental health equates to more than $60 billion or about $4,000 a year for each person who lodges a tax return.
Chair Prof Allan Fels AO