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Whole-of-Government approach is key to mental health reform

23 November 2018

The Productivity Commission’s focus on factors such as housing, education, employment and social justice in the development and treatment of mental illness has the potential to transform the way we approach mental health and suicide prevention in Australia.

Commenting on the release, today, of the terms of reference for the forthcoming Productivity Commission inquiry into mental health, National Mental Health Commission Chair Lucy Brogden said addressing the social determinants of mental health was crucial.

“The Commission welcomes the terms of reference, in particular the focus on sectors beyond health and how they contribute to mental health,” she said.

“This is an outcome we have strongly advocated for.”

Lucy Brogden congratulated fellow National Mental Health Commissioner, Harvey Whiteford, who has been appointed Associate Commissioner to the Productivity Commission inquiry.

“Harvey has a wealth of experience in the field and will be a tremendous asset to the inquiry,” she said.

“It’s a great day for mental health and demonstrates the Government’s commitment to improving the lives of all Australians.

“This inquiry is an important step to ensure investment in mental health is efficient and effective, and achieves the best possible outcomes to enable people to live a contributing life,” Lucy Brogden said.

“We need to ensure that investment in mental health is appropriately balanced across the contributing sectors,” she said.

“Tackling the challenges of our federated system and taking a whole-of-government approach to mental health investment are key to our future success.

“There are already significant reforms underway across the mental health sector, and the Productivity Commission inquiry will assist by informing optimal investment to deliver the best possible outcomes for individuals, their families and the economy.”


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