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Productive discussions on mental illness and travel insurance



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SENATOR KATY GALLAGHER SHADOW MINISTER FOR MENTAL HEALTH SHADOW MINISTER FOR HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS SHADOW MINISTER ASSISTING THE LEADER ON STATE

AND TERRITORY RELATIONS SENATOR FOR THE AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

JIM CHALMERS MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR SUPERANNUATION AND FINANCIAL SERVICES SHADOW MINISTER FOR SPORT SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR TRADE, INVESTMENT

AND PRODUCTIVITY MEMBER FOR RANKIN

PRODUCTIVE DISCUSSIONS ON MENTAL ILLNESS AND TRAVEL INSURANCE

We thank representatives of the insurance, mental health, consumer advocacy and legal sectors for their attendance today at Labor’s roundtable to discuss mental illness and travel insurance.

It was valuable to have a broad cross-section of voices in the room to have productive discussions about the various issues regarding the coverage and treatment of mental il

lness in the travel insurance industry.

The conversations made clear that there are some gaps in the understanding of the issue and in the data required to broaden mental illness coverage.

There are no easy solutions, but we will continue to work with the industry advocates to see what more can be done and what role policy-makers may have in this process.

There has been a disappointing lack of leadership on this issue from the Coalition, and we would like to see some progress towards improving outcomes for consumers.

THURSDAY, 10 MARCH 2016

MEDIA CONTACT: PATRICK CRONAN (GALLAGHER) 0432 758 224 MITCHELL WATT (CHALMERS) 0427 532 705