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The mental health crisis in Australia is undeniable. According to pre-pandemic figures, almost one in five Australians experience mental illness each year, and almost 50 per cent of Australians experience mental illness during their lifetime. Many don’t receive the treatment or support that they require. Accessing help can be difficult because of the availability of mental health professionals and the prohibitive costs. Not only that, the complete impact of the pandemic on mental health has yet to be fully understood, but the early indicators are worrying.
The drivers of mental ill-health are increasing, as is demand for services, but unless something is done to lower costs and increase the professional health services workforce, the gap between demand for mental health services and supply of those services will continue to grow.