Mental Health Australia's second submission to the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Mental Health: Global Evidence Review

Anna Siddall

Mental Health Australia’s original submission to the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Mental Health provided preliminary advice about how to target the Inquiry both in relation to the suite and mix of mental health services needed and the structures which underpin those services. However, it is also important for the Productivity Commission to draw on international examples of good practice to ensure the recommendations it makes represent world class care. This second submission to the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Mental Health is a targeted global evidence review of innovative and best practice service delivery models in mental health. It emphasises key learnings in relation to the following three themes:

  • the suite and mix of mental health services
  • enabling systems and structures
  • addressing the social determinants of mental health.

This submission first summarises the current state of Australia’s mental health system, including the key factors influencing the system. An overview of key mental health system requirements, beyond the biomedical model is then discussed, followed by a review of international examples of models of care from the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Japan and Italy. Finally, the paper makes preliminary suggestions about key considerations the Productivity Commission could draw on in applying some aspects of international models in the Australian context.

The submission can be read here.

 

 

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