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Greens care about mental health

A CHRONIC under investment in the mental health sector by successive governments has failed thousands of Australians and contributes directly to increased suicide rates across the country – particularly in regional areas.
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Currently mental health problems account for 13 per cent of Australia’s recognised disease burden, yet receives less than 9 per cent of all Federal health funding, with more than 80 per cent of this pittance allocated to supporting those with highest needs.

Only the Greens will invest $1.4 billion in Australia’s mental health over the next four years, to not only meet immediate needs but also with a plan to reduce the need for high intensity services into the future.

The new Primary Health Networks must play a role in advocating for and facilitating linkages between providers in the social services sector at a local level, in program development and policy and so the Greens would provide an extra $400 million to the flexible mental health funding pool.

It is estimated that 45 per cent of Australians will experience mental illness over their lifetime, yet the stigma remains and often drug and alcohol use is related to further isolate and compound issues.

An extra $800 million needs to be dedicated to drug and alcohol support services, $40 million for innovative harm reduction initiatives aimed at better informing choices and providing links to peer-based and other health services.

On top of this a $40 million anti-stigma strategy will challenge misunderstanding or misrepresentation of the lived experience, especially in relation to at risk groups, including ATSI, LGBTI as well as culturally and linguistically diverse groups.

Lifeline reports that currently seven Australians die every day from suicide, yet there is no target for reducing this horrendous statistic.

The Greens’ plan sets $38.3 million aside for a National Suicide Campaign, aimed at engaging and educating communities about the complexity of suicide and addressing the stigma.

Finally, the Greens would invest $150 million over three years to establish an overarching supervisory body for mental illness research in Australia which would co-ordinate the development of innovative clinical treatments and provide expert advice to government.

Jane MacAllister,

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