$1.2 billion investment in mental health services to help the state’s most vulnerable

The Keneally Government will invest $1.231 billion in mental health services around the State, Minister Assisting on Health (Mental Health) Barbara Perry announced today. The 2010-11 NSW Budget sees $21 million dedicated to mental health capital works. Three more Psychiatric Emergency Care Centres (PECCs) are also due for completion. These are dedicated mental health treatment areas with specialist clinicians attached to major hospital emergency departments. Ms Perry said completion of …

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Australian Rural Mental Health Symposium

SYDNEY, Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach – Wednesday 29th September – Thursday 30th September 2010 New Perspectives on Rural and Remote Mental Health• Policy initiatives• Primary interventions• Promoting recovery• Preventing relapseThe symposium will explore new perspectives within the P4 parameters by way of individual symposium papers, keynote presentations, and workshops.Using this template the Symposium streams will address;• Trauma, anxiety, depression and suicide (policy, primary interventions, promoting recovery, preventing relapse).• Service accessibility, …

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No gold medals for government that neglects the mentally ill

Ian Hickie From: The Australian May 17, 2010 12:00AM AUSTRALIA does not win gold medals for health care. In fact, the World Health Report ranks us at number 32, way below Britain and other Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries. We do poorly because of high out-of-pocket costs, a lack of equity and poor access, particularly in primary care, mental health and oral health.Now it is clear the focus …

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Budget ‘fails to deliver’ on mental health

ABC NEWS Updated Wed May 12, 2010 12:43am AEST Doctors have welcomed the $7.3 billion in health spending announced in the federal budget but are concerned the areas of Indigenous and mental health were ignored.Treasurer Wayne Swan says the funding, which will top $23 billion by the end of the decade, is needed as Australia’s population grows and ages. An extra $2.2 billion was included in the budget for health …

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Plea made for mental health funding

Lanai Vasek From: The Australian May 01, 2010 12:00AM A NATIONAL health body devoted solely to mental health research is desperately needed if Australia is to advance treatment of psychotic illnesses and relieve pressure on the hospital system. Mental health researchers have pleaded with the federal government for more funding to ease the burden on hospital beds and lift stress on the health system from those with severe psychotic illnesses …

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Mental Health Discrimination Costs the Nation: New Report Launched

A national report was launched in Brisbane revealing how Australia can reduce the cost-burden of mental ill health on the nation.Currently, the cost of mental ill health is estimated at 3%- 4% of Australia’s GDP. The report, ‘From Discrimination to Social Inclusion: a review of the anti- stigma initiatives in mental health,’ presents the evidence from international anti- stigma mental health campaigns; and outlines recommendations for a similar Australian initiative. …

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A new approach for mental health – Greens

Media ReleaseSpokesperson Rachel Siewert Saturday 17th April 2010, 11:12am   The Greens today announced a comprehensive mental health plan for Australia and are calling on the Commonwealth to embrace it as a fundamental part of the Prime Minister’s proposed health reform program. “The Greens have a fully developed, integrated plan for mental health which I urge Mr Rudd to consider if he is serious about building a reformed and effective …

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Better mental care to aid homeless

Better mental care to aid homelessADAM CRESSWELL JARED OWENSThe Weekend Australian17 Apr 2010TACKLING the glaring failings of the mental health system could reduce homelessness — one of Kevin Rudd’s key goals — by up to 25 per cent, as well as helping to reduce pressure on overloaded hospital emergency departments. Health experts yesterday…read more… Tech Tags: The Weekend Australian newspaper The Nation Health Reform

Time for Canberra to get serious on mental health

Time for Canberra to get serious on mental healthThe Weekend Australian17 Apr 2010CLOSING mental institutions and bringing people back into the community was meant to fix mental illness. It didn’t. More than two decades on, the nation battles with a health issue estimated to afflict as many as four million Australians in any one…read more… Tech Tags: The Weekend Australian newspaper Commentary