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Historic day for mental health reform

08 Oct 2018
The National Mental Health Commission commends the Australian Government for today’s announcement of an inquiry into the role of mental health in the Australian economy.

The inquiry, to be undertaken by the Productivity Commission, will look at the best ways to support and improve national mental wellbeing.

Chair of the Commission, Lucy Brogden, said it is a great day for mental health and demonstrates the Government’s commitment to improving the lives of all Australians.

“This inquiry is an important step to ensure investment in mental health is efficient and effective, and achieves the best possible outcomes to enable people to live a contributing life,” Lucy Brogden said.

“The examination of how sectors beyond health – including education, employment, social services, housing and justice – contribute to mental health outcomes will ensure future investment is effective and improves the outcomes for all Australians.

“Governments have an important influence on achieving optimal mental health and wellbeing for all Australians, through investment in the services that have the greatest potential to help people lead full and productive lives.”

Interim CEO, Maureen Lewis said this government continues to listen and the Hon. Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Health has shown continued commitment to mental health and suicide prevention reform by prioritising the issue.

“The Commission’s Monitoring mental health and suicide prevention reform National Report 2018 shows that progress is being made in these reforms across Australia,” Maureen Lewis said.

“There are already significant reforms underway across the mental health sector, and the Productivity Commission inquiry will assist by informing optimal investment to deliver the best possible outcomes for individuals, their families and the economy.”