Thursday, 26 November 2015 00:00

Government response to Mental Health Report welcome: Appropriate resource distribution next critical step

“UnitingCare Australia has welcomed Government’s response to the National Mental Health Commission report today.” said Lin Hatfield Dodds, National Director of UnitingCare Australia.

Professor Alan Fels, Chair of the National Mental Health Commission, noted that gains from mental health reforms dwarf those that could be realised in many other economic reform areas.

“Investing in mental health reform will not only improve the lives of many Australians, it will increase our productivity,” said Ms Hatfield Dodds.

“UnitingCare Australia supports the reorientation on spending to focus on the needs of the individual, a preventative approach, early intervention models and community based services rather than a system dominated by the acute setting.”

“It’s good to hear the Government acknowledge that the fragmented nature of the current system needs to be addressed.”

“A localised approach has the capacity to tailor services more appropriately to the needs of the community. UnitingCare Australia believes it is critical to distribute resources on the basis of need and ensure that those living in rural and remote communities are not forgotten.”

“A positive outcome of the Government’s commitment to preventative services is the announcement to address the mental health needs of children, particularly through schools. This is an area that has been poorly resourced in the past.”

“UnitingCare Australia looks forward to the establishment of regional services. In order for the Government to realise its aims these services will need to be supported, funded and monitored to ensure the consumers are receiving the services they need at the right time and in the right place.”