Building the Case for Mental Health Reform in Australia

A Review of Expenditure and System Design Background Mental illness is a significant challenge in Australia. Yet despite the significant policy attention and substantial additional funding to mental health over the past two decades, the mental health and social services systems remains highly fragmented. In 2012 Medibank commissioned the Nous Group to analyse the total direct expenditure; both health and non-health, on supporting people with mental illness, to examine the …

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A collaborative model of care across service sectors for those with Young Onset Dementia

Bridging the gap between Diagnosis and Community Young Onset Dementia is the onset of dementia under the age of 65 years. Current prevalence data suggests that some 24000 people nationally are affected by Young Onset Dementia. In Victoria, access to services for those with dementia under the age of 65 is challenging as consumers and referrers attempt to navigate the complexity of aged and disability protocols and legislations that poorly …

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Evaluation of an Australian primary mental health care program: 10 years on

The Access to Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS) program was introduced by the Australian Government in 2001. ATAPS enables general practitioners (GPs) to refer patients with high prevalence mental disorders for low-cost evidence-based mental health care and targets specific hard to reach groups. The achievements of the program 10 years on will be examined including participation rates by professionals and patients, patient and service provision characteristics, and patient outcomes. Data are sourced …

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