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Finally, some progress « Previous | |Next »
April 6, 2006

It's taken a long time, but finally the Commonwealth has announced a $1.8 billion, five-year plan to treat mental health. It includes more respite care, mental health nurses, community-based programs and patients with mental illness will be able to get care from psychologists at a much lower cost than the current $120 per hour under a big expansion of Medicare. The plan turns around decades of neglect in mental health care after the de-inistutionalization process of reform.

John Mendoza, chairman, of the Mental Health Council, observed:

in the same way that the States and Territories got together to deal with aged care, and moved many of the people who were in long stay beds in our hospitals into appropriate aged care settings, there's an opportunity to move at least 30 per cent of those patients who use acute care, psychiatric beds, into longer stay facilities in the community. They don't exist now, they have to be funded to be built, they have to be funded to be staffed and resourced, and I think that's a discussion that has to happen between the Commonwealth and the States. I don't think the States can do it on their own.

So reform progress depends on whether the Commonwealth's move is matched by the states and whether together they can deliver a system of appropriately balanced hospital and community care.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 4:04 PM | | Comments (1)


Appreciate your blog,mental health consumers are the least capable of self advocacy,my doctors made me take zyprexa for 4 years which was ineffective for my symptoms.I now have a victims support page against Eli Lilly for it's Zyprexa product causing my diabetes.--Daniel Haszard