Are we spending enough on mental health care?

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Last week the review from the National Mental Health Commission (NMHC) was finally released. The report was an important review, covering all mental health care services in Australia. Our Health Minister (actually, two of them) sat on the report, prompting us to make an FOI request to which the Government replied that we must pay a hefty sum […]

Better Mental Health Starts with Policy

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Last week, the Australian Doctor reported on new figures released by the Department of Health and Ageing which reveal that the Access to Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS) program had failed meet targets for the delivery of psychological care to the public, despite a $31 million funding boost over the 2013 financial year. Funding to the […]

Green Light for Mental Health

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In a statement this morning, the Chair of Australia’s Mental Health Commission Professor, Alan Fels, has criticised both major parties for failing to represent the interests of Australians for better mental health care. He said, “On behalf of the more than 3 million Australians who will experience a mental health difficulty this year, and their […]


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I have been watching the Alliance for Better Access campaign with great interest. I’m frustrated and very disappointed at the lack of recognition of the issue from our politicians and the formulaic non-answers that are given when they do finally respond to queries. Additionally, there is a certain irony in spending millions of dollars on […]


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My name is Leah (not my real name). I am 46 years old and a survivor of Child Sexual Abuse. I was abused at the age of 8 until I was 10. My family never knew too much about the abuse due to the fact that I was ashamed of it and being so young […]

More or Less Spin?

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Since August last year we have waited for the Minister for Mental Health to talk with us about the impact of cuts to the Better Access to Mental Health Care initiative. So far our patience across those 8 months has not paid off. However tonight the Minister will be on ABC’s ‘Q&A’ program where many […]