This report examines how Australia as a nation supports the estimated 3.2 million Australians each year who live with a mental health difficulty, their families and support people.
Australia leads the world in progressive mental health policy, but it falls down in delivery. The report card paints a big reform picture, makes ten specific recommendations, and calls for change in a range of areas where the Commission believes action can and must start now.
- reducing the early death of Australians with severe mental illness and improving their physical health
- minimising the use of seclusion and restraint
- increasing access to mental health services from 6-8 to 12 per cent of Australia’s population
- making the mental health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples a higher priority
- stopping people from being discharged from mental health services into homelessness or unstable homes
- increasing the employment rates of people with mental illness and paying greater attention to supporting them at work
- increasing access to home based visiting to support families and children
- providing effective, local interventions to prevent suicide.