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Finally - some progress around the Fifth National Mental Health Plan



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THE HON. JULIE COLLINS MP SHADOW MINISTER FOR AGEING AND MENTAL HEALTH MEMBER FOR FRANKLIN

FINALLY - SOME PROGRESS AROUND THE FIFTH NATIONAL MENTAL HEALTH PLAN

While Labor cautiously welcomes that some progress has been made around the development of the Fifth National Mental Health Plan, we will reserve our judgement until we see further details.

The long awaited plan has now been drafted.

Labor expects this next phase of national reform will include a suicide prevention target.

To be an effective plan that supports long-term reform, it must also include a robust measurement strategy that has clear measurable outcomes.

Labor will also be watching to see what additional funding the Government will attach to the Fifth National Mental Health Plan.

There has been a significant hiatus by the Abbott-Turnbull Governments in the development of this next five-year mental health plan.

The Fourth National Mental Health Plan ended in 2014.

The COAG Health Council will now not consider the Fifth National Mental Health Plan until April 2017.

This was an opportunity for Malcolm Turnbull to step up and show national leadership on mental health reform, but clearly he has failed.

Malcolm Turnbull said he would put mental health front and centre, but again he has failed.

Labor knows the mental health sector needs urgent reform now. We know that mental health reform must be a national priority.

With around 3.6 million Australians living with a mental illness, we cannot afford to put the brakes on mental health reform.

TUESDAY, 11 OCTOBER, 2016

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