Julia Gillard

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The Gillard Government’s first budget has delivered on its commitment to mental health with a substantial funding investment and a roadmap for mental health reform in Australia. “This budget demonstrates that the Government has listened to these concerns, especially in providing funding for adults with severe and persist mental illness, funding for youth services and young children, and better accountability and governance measures”, said MHCA CEO Frank Quinlan.

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The COAG health agreement paves the way for the Gillard Government to deliver on its promise to invest in and reform mental health care in Australia.

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Australian of the Year, Pat McGorry, is right in saying that mental health reform is a defining policy area for the Gillard Government. Professor McGorry stated what most of the mental health sector believe: “The time for talk is definitely over - the time for talk was over some time ago, and what we need to see is not more of the same.”

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Australian of the Year, Pat McGorry, is right in saying that mental health reform is a defining policy area for the Gillard Government. Professor McGorry stated what most of the mental health sector believe: “The time for talk is definitely over - the time for talk was over some time ago, and what we need to see is not more of the same.”

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The Mental Health Council of Australia (MHCA) has welcomed ALP mental health commitments announced by Prime Minister Gillard and Health Minister Roxon. “The measures outlined by the Prime Minister today are real steps forward, particularly in relation to increased accountability for mental health services through a national mental health report card, and increased investment in anti-suicide measures”, said David Crosbie, CEO of the Mental Health Council.

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