World Mental Health Day

The Australian Government had a deep commitment to improving mental health services.

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10 October 2014

The Australian Government had a deep commitment to improving mental health services, Health Minister Peter Dutton said today.

As Mental Health week culminates on World Mental Health Day today, Mr Dutton said Australia had made major strides forward in the way it viewed and dealt with mental health illnesses.

“I think as a nation we’ve come a long way in the last decade both in terms of treatment and services for those suffering a mental illness and of the way we, as a community, approach and deal with these illnesses,” Mr Dutton said.

“It’s a long journey that we are on, and while we have a long way to go, we are heading in the right direction and I think we should be proud of where we are and where we’ve come from as a country.

“As a community we are breaking down the stigma that too often in the past has been associated with mental ill health.

“In medical terms we are world leaders in this area of medicine.

headspace centres, for instance, were pioneered in this country and are now being copied around the world.

“On World Mental Health Day I want to pay tribute to the clinicians, researchers and medical specialists who are providing these innovative answers to help those with mental illness.

“This week the Government announced the sites for another 15 headspace centres across five states and we have provided the funding for Orygen headed by Professor Pat McGorry to establish the Orygen Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health.

“Our commitment to deliver improved mental health services, reduce the impact of mental ill health in our community and help people live fuller lives is deeply held,” Mr Dutton said.

This year World Mental Health Day specifically encourages help seeking behaviour and aims to foster connectivity throughout communities. The focus is on a simple personal mental health promise that can be made by anyone, who has an interest in their own good health.

Mr Dutton said the current review of existing mental health services by the National Mental Health Commission would inform future decisions to continue improving mental health services.

“This review will ensure services are being properly targeted at patients, are not being duplicated, and are not being unnecessarily burdened by red tape. It will also identify any obvious service gaps.”

The review, due in November 2014, will help to inform the Government’s future directions in mental health.

For more information, please contact the Minister's Office on 02 6277 7220

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