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May 10, 2011

Health: $1.5b for more targeted mental health services

Mental health advocates finally have the big-ticket funding package they’ve long campaigned for, with a co-ordinated $2.2 billion suite of initiatives to support patients and identify those most at risk.

Jason Whittaker — Former <em>Crikey</em> editor and publisher

Jason Whittaker

Former Crikey editor and publisher

Mental health advocates finally have the big-ticket funding package they’ve long campaigned for, with a co-ordinated $2.2 billion suite of initiatives to support patients and identify those most at risk.

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  1. Chess C

    The government’s “$2.2 billion” mental health package is just spin. They’re cutting the role of GPs in mental health, a program which has been up and running for years and is starting to yield results, and passing it on the coordination to NGOs, a group with no formal training in the area. It’s also wasting the skills which GPs have built up in mental health over the last few years. The so-called 2.2 billion is split over 4 years, with the bulk of it stacked in years 3 and 4, i.e. after the next election, so probably complete fantasy. If you take out all the spin, they’ve actually cut net funding for mental health this year.

    Details are in the RACGP’s press release:
    http://www.racgp.org.au/media2011/42341

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