mental health funding

Report

Mental Health Australia engaged Rooftop Social to examine a range of ways in which commissioning and contracting arrangements might be improved to achieve a more effective and efficient Australian mental health system. The study involved a review of published and unpublished literature in Australia and elsewhere, guided by consultation with relevant practitioners and specialists.

Publication

Mental Health Australia is investigating the way in which funding arrangements can impact on the day-to-day delivery of services, including in terms of coordination and integration, flexibility and innovation, accountability and red tape. This discussion paper seeks views on alternative approaches to commissioning and contracting of services that might better support the achievement of mental health outcomes.

Media Releases

Australians living with mental illness, and those who care for them, are resting easier today knowing the community based mental health services they rely on have been provided greater funding certainty. This certainty comes following the announcement by the Assistant Minister for Social Services, the Hon Mitch Fifield, regarding mental health programs supported by the Department of Social Security. “With the welcome, but complex reforms associated with the National Disability Insurance Scheme, and as we await the National Mental Health Commission’s Review of Mental Health Services and Programmes, any certainty that can be provided to people who participate in these programs is a very positive development,” Mental Health Australia CEO Frank Quinlan said today.

Publication

In late November 2014 Mental Health Australia conducted a survey of non-government organisations in the mental health sector about the impact of uncertainties over funding from the Australian Government. A summary of the survey findings is provided below. The survey results demonstrate the very real impact that funding uncertainty is currently having on organisations and underscores the urgent need for government to clarify funding arrangements as soon as possible.

Media Releases

The Mental Health Council of Australia (MHCA) has today welcomed the injection of $440,000 from the Gillard Government to help build the capacity of the mental health sector to transition to DisabilityCare Australia.

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The Rudd Government has claimed that this is a “good budget for mental health”. The Government is wrong. There is no significant increase in funding for mental health.

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