Health system reform

Hospital emergency departmentWe need a comprehensive mental health system that can respond better to the needs of those with mental illness and their families. A system that reduces the burden of mental health problems across the community.

Poor mental health increases the incidence of heart disease, stroke and cancer, and is associated with a range of risk factors such as smoking, alcohol misuse and obesity. It can lead to social isolation, including inability to work, and homelessness. Australians deserve a clear vision, a commitment and a strong plan for access to effective treatment and support services.

RANZCP takes its role in advocating for a better deal for mental health seriously.

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Mental illness continues to be a major health and social issue.  The College has published an overarching statement that outlines eight key areas for improving mental health in Australia and New Zealand. 

For more information contact policy@ranzcp.org