Session Resources S038: “Transforming mental health – the National Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services”

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Authors: David Butt

Year: 2015

Event: 2015 TheMHS Conference

Subject: national mental health commission

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

Abstract: Australia has a once in a generation opportunity to improve the lives of millions of Australians who are impacted by mental ill-health ? to enable them to live contributing lives.

This means taking action now to invest in the right things - not keep on doing what was done in the past.

It is time to start the transformation, to work with people where they are - in schools, workplaces, and communities to optimise mental health, avoid mental illness and reduce the psychosocial burden arising from illness.

The focus of the National Mental Health Commission?s review was to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of programmes and services in supporting people to lead productive lives and build thriving communities.

We need to:
- Redesign the system to focus on the needs of individuals, their families and other supporters
- Redirect federal monies as incentives to purchase value for money, measurable results and outcomes
- Rebalance expenditure towards prevention, early intervention, and recovery
- Repackage and bundle funds for those with severe and persistent mental health problems
- Reform our approach to supporting people and families to lead fulfilling, contributing lives.
This paper will outline the work of the Review, its findings, and recommendations.

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