Mental health policy at a crossroads

Addressing a coming crisis
Mental health Mental health promotion Policy Australia

While Australia’s overall health system is often lauded as among the world’s best, the same cannot be said for our mental health system, where our performance lags and stories of crisis are common.

Together with the Brain and Mind Centre at the University of Sydney, the Centre for Mental Health Research at The Australian National University recently hosted a two-day forum to consider key priorities for national mental health reform.

The forum brought together around 45 people, including policymakers, professionals, service providers, consumers, carers, researchers, and funders.

Australia is at a critical juncture in mental health reform. There are several concurrent commissions and inquiries running. There is also a Medicare Benefits Review underway. There is heightened political and community understanding that our current mental health system is not fit for purpose.

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