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Mental Health Advisory Panel - finally some action



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

MENTAL HEALTH ADVISORY PANEL - FINALLY SOME ACTION

Finally, the Turnbull Government has turned its attention to mental health.

Labor welcomes the mental health advisory panel however, it is too little, too late.

This advisory panel is an admission by the Turnbull Government that its decision to transition funding and services to 31 Primary Health Networks is failing and now needs reviewing.

We commend the Government for finally listening and realising it has a problem that it must address.

Although we welcome the mental health advisory panel, we do not support any delays in policy development and further reforms.

Vulnerable Australians have already waited long enough for mental health reform to take place. They cannot afford further inaction by this Government.

The Abbott-Turnbull Governments have had years to implement its response to the National Mental Health Commission’s (NMHC) review. Little has been done.

Eight months on from the election, the bulk of the Turnbull Government’s mental health policy has not been implemented.

It seems this Government does not understand the urgency of acting now.

Labor remains concerned that genuine mental health reform is not a priority of the Turnbull Government.

The NMHC’s review is done - it should be implemented now without further delays.

Waiting longer for action on mental health and reducing Australia’s alarming suicide rate is unacceptable and should not be tolerated.

We call on the Turnbull Government to provide certainty that they will act now on mental health reform for the 3.6 million Australians living with mental health illness so they can get the vital support and services they need, particularly to reduce Australia’s alarming suicide rate.

THURSDAY, 23 MARCH 2017

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