The Australian Government’s Productivity Commission has released a report following an inquiry into the state of Mental Health in Australia.
The report presents a long-term plan for sustainable reform of Australia’s mental health system, with a wide variety of recommended reforms and actions, across a range of mental health services and supports.
Several recommendations are made within the report to ensure that health professionals are equipped to meet the mental health needs of people in urban, regional and remote locations who rely on them now, and will do even more so into the future.
The report discusses key influences on Australian’s mental health, examines the effect of mental health on people’s ability to participate and prosper in the community and workplace, plus the implications of poor mental health for the Australian economy and productivity.
Recommendations are made to improve the mental health of people of all ages and cultural backgrounds, ways to work with people who have experience of mental illness, and with their families and carers. These recommended reforms extend across workplaces, schools and universities, the justice system, community groups and services for healthcare, psychosocial support, and housing.
It is essential reading for those working in the Mental Health space, or for those interested in learning more. You can view the report, and the many recommendations included within here: https://www.pc.gov.au/inquiries/completed/mental-health/report