Even though almost half (45%) of all Australians experience one or more mental illness in their lifetime, less than half of those (46%) access treatment each year.
The RANZCP 2019 Federal Election Statement calls for a shift in the design and investment of the mental health system to a recovery-oriented model, where people with mental illness are supported in the community and by intensive services when needed.
The statement emphasises the importance of the next federal government prioritising investment in mental health services to meet the needs of the Australian community, with particular urgent investment targeting:
- Comprehensive perinatal care
- More alcohol and other drug services
- A refreshed strategy to close the gap
- An expanded dementia care sector
- More accessible private services.
This will require a National Mental Health Workforce Development Strategy supported by an implementation and monitoring framework to ensure it is followed through with real action.
As many of the social determinants of mental health, like poverty, housing and the climate, continue to present risks for our mental health, the statement also urges a focus on achieving equitable outcomes for all Australians.
For more information, see the RANZCP Election Statement: Improving mental health
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