June 5, 2013

The case for mental health reform in Australia

A review of expenditure and system design.

Governments have given substantially more policy attention and funding to mental health since the early 1990s. Despite this, the mental health system is far from perfect, with the critical issue being system design 

Total direct expenditure on supporting people with a mental illness in Australia far exceeds that previously estimated. Even so, mental health outcomes in Australia are sub-optimal. Selected reform models in Australia and internationally suggest key elements of a successful overall service system.

Australia has an unprecedented opportunity to lead the world in end-to-end mental health system redesign to deliver better outcomes at the same or lower cost. This report explores these opportunities.

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