The Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF) welcomes the announcement of a Productivity Commission Inquiry into Mental Health by Minister for Health Greg Hunt and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and urges the Government to work with the Productivity Commission to appoint a Consumer Commissioner to...
CHF believe all Australians, no matter their location, should have access to safe, good quality and timely health care. Rates of mental health conditions and suicide are much higher in rural and remote areas. Yet, unfortunately we find the mental health workforce unevenly distributed across...
The progression of Australian governments has made significant policy, funding and legislative commitments in the effort to reform the mental health system, or parts of it. The intent was not access to poor care; the objective was not inadequate quality; the pursuit was not to deliver bad results or be misaligned with the interests of consumers and families. Yet the reality is that many historical and recent Australian independent inquiries into mental health have agreed: reform efforts have not made the transformations we should be seeing, nor are they giving people the outcomes we should be expecting
Consumers need responsive community health services which embrace mental health services designed with consumers, not more reviews. “The announcement of yet another review into how best to deliver mental health announced yesterday risks further delay to real, concerted action,” says the CEO of the...
The pledge by the new Health Minister Greg Hunt to focus on the national crisis of suicide should raise our hopes that we might at last see an effective national strategy to counter this tragedy. Suicide claims more than 3,000 deaths in Australia each year. That’s more than the death toll due to...
The consultation draft of what is intended to be the latest National Mental Health Plan has worryingly failed to counter the impression that mental health remains a second order concern. At a time when demonstrated need so often overwhelms the services available, the Mental Health Plan has done...
CHF supports the development of patient centred, holistic care. An element of this is the dismantling of the silos that currently exist between mental and physical health. These silos are evident at the point of care delivery but also at the system and policy setting level. We are strong advocates...
The Coalition’s promised injection of $192 million in to expanded mental health services is a timely step toward what should be a more versatile response to the widespread challenge of mental illness, the Consumers Health Forum said today. “The funding gives the new Primary Health Networks...

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