Media release: Pre-election survey reveals importance of mental health policy to Australian voters

A survey commissioned by Mental Health Australia found 82% of respondents view a party’s position on mental health and wellbeing and provision of related services as important in guiding their voting decision at the federal election on 21 May.

Mental Health Australia CEO Dr Leanne Beagley says the results demonstrate Australians want systemic mental health reform – implemented with vision. “Investment in mental health is always welcomed, however the lack of detail on deliverables in the National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Agreement, the absence of any implementation framework such as Vision 2030 or a Sixth National Mental Health Plan only perpetuates tick the box enhancements,” said Dr Beagley.

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