Review of mental
The National Mental Health Commission is to conduct a review of mental health services, focusing on effective delivery.
Minister for Health, Peter Dutton said there was a clear need for a comprehensive review of mental health services to ensure they were delivered to those people most in need and that funding was provided to those programs that had proven to be most effective on the frontline.
"People with mental illness deserve the same standards of access and treatment as those with a physical illness and I have asked the National Mental Health Commission to do a thorough review of all existing services, State, Federal and non-government, to assess how well and efficiently they are helping their clients," Mr Dutton said.
"The review aims to ensure services are being properly targeted, that services are not being duplicated and that programs are not being unnecessarily burdened by red tape.”
He said that as part of the process, he would seek to identify gaps in both mental health research and workforce development and training.
“We will also consider the particular challenges of providing services in rural, regional and remote Australia,” Mr Dutton said.
Other areas of committed funding are: Establishment of a National Centre for Excellence in Youth Mental Health, development of a comprehensive e-mental health platform, headspace and dementia research.
Mr Dutton said there was a lot of evidence that people were not getting the mental health help they needed, especially young people.
"More research is urgently needed to develop better ways of preventing and treating mental illness and the services provided must be guided by evidence of what works and what doesn't,” he said.
Edition 383, 15 October 2013