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    A group of leading national prevention and community health organisations led by the Australian of the Year, Professor Patrick McGorry, is calling on the Prime Minister, premiers and chief ministers to include fundamental principles on prevention, mental and Indigenous health at next week’s Council of Australian Governments meeting. “Unless we see reforms in these areas we will not reduce Australia’s dependence on hospital based care”, Professor McGorry said.

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    The Mental Health Council of Australia has written to the state premiers urging them to include mental health in any negotiated health reform plan with the Commonwealth. “In recent weeks there has been a great deal of discussion about health reform, but precious little discussion about mental health reform”, said MHCA CEO David Crosbie.

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    The Mental Health Council of Australia has written to the state premiers urging them to include mental health in any negotiated health reform plan with the Commonwealth. “In recent weeks there has been a great deal of discussion about health reform, but precious little discussion about mental health reform”, said MHCA CEO David Crosbie.

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    The Mental Health Council of Australia has welcomed the Government’s announcement today that people experiencing diabetes will be able to opt into a program that can provide more responsive primary care services through their GPs.

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    The Mental Health Council of Australia has welcomed the Government’s announcement today that people experiencing diabetes will be able to opt into a program that can provide more responsive primary care services through their GPs.

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    The launch today of the Australian Government’s National Compact: Working Together will help boost the role of the Third Sector and improve social inclusion in Australia. “At its heart, the Compact is not just about organisations and governments, but communities and the way we relate to each other”, David Crosbie, MHCA CEO said.

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    The launch today of the Australian Government’s National Compact: Working Together will help boost the role of the Third Sector and improve social inclusion in Australia. “At its heart, the Compact is not just about organisations and governments, but communities and the way we relate to each other”, David Crosbie, MHCA CEO said.

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    Today’s announcement of major changes to the way we fund and administer hospitals shows that the Rudd Government is committed to reforming the health system, however, hospital reform is only one part of the health system reform Australia desperately needs. “Fixing hospitals is very important. Fixing the systems that feed into hospitals and leave people marooned with no other options is also critical”, said David Crosbie, MHCA CEO.

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    David Crosbie, CEO of the Mental Health Council of Australia , told the 7.30 Report that greater investment is needed in community-based treatment options for people with a mental illness. “We could create another 1,000 acute hospital beds tomorrow and they’d be full within a month and it would still be really difficult for people to still get access to acute mental health beds”, Mr Crosbie said.

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    The Mental Health Council of Australia has welcomed the appointment of Professor Pat McGorry as Australian of the Year for 2010. Professor McGorry is not only a highly respected leader within the mental health sector, he is someone who has changed the way we respond to youth mental health in Australia and internationally.

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