Good 360
MEDIA, JOBS & RESOURCES FOR THE COMMON GOOD
NEWS  |  Finance

More Funds Needed for Mental Health


Thursday, 9th October 2014 at 8:43 am
Xavier Smerdon, Journalist
A boost in mental health funding and an increase in services has been called for with new figures showing that 50 per cent of people with a mental illness are not receiving treatment.

Thursday, 9th October 2014
at 8:43 am
Xavier Smerdon, Journalist


0 Comments


FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

 Print
More Funds Needed for Mental Health
Thursday, 9th October 2014 at 8:43 am

A boost in mental health funding and an increase in services has been called for with new figures showing that 50 per cent of people with a mental illness are not receiving treatment.

The Australian Psychological Society (APS) Executive Director Professor Lyn Littlefield said Mental Health Week (5-12 October 2014) should act as a catalyst to boost funding.

“Mental health is significantly underfunded, an alarming state of affairs considering the mental health burden and the high rate of mental illness in the community,” Professor Littlefield said.

“Australians have the right to affordable, accessible mental health care that will help them deal effectively with the challenges of life.”

The APS is the largest professional organisation for psychologists in Australia, representing more than 21,000 members.

Professor Littlefield said it was especially important that accessible services for the high prevalence disorders such as anxiety and depression affecting large numbers of Australians were supported along with services that met the needs of other high-risk and vulnerable groups.

“While many people are missing out, we have improved treatment rates in recent years with programs like the Better Access to Mental Health Care initiative and other mental health programs,” she said.

“Research has shown that delivering psychological services under Medicare for the most common mental health disorders has been effective and cost efficient, and has allowed many people to access services for the first time as it is affordable.”

Professor Littlefield said continued investment in these proven services was critical while it was also necessary to address geographical and service gaps as well as to ensure there was a well-trained mental health workforce.

“In a prosperous country, we should be leading the way in mental health and be able to guarantee people optimal care,” she said.


Xavier Smerdon  |  Journalist |  @XavierSmerdon

Xavier Smerdon is a journalist specialising in the Not for Profit sector. He writes breaking and investigative news articles.

FEATURED SUPPLIERS


Yes we’re lawyers, but we do a lot more....

Moores

Helping the helpers fund their mission…...

FrontStream Pty Ltd (FrontStream AsiaPacific)

HLB Mann Judd is a specialist Accounting and Advisory firm t...

HLB Mann Judd

Brennan IT helps not-for-profit (NFP) organisations drive gr...

Brennan IT

More Suppliers

Get more stories like this

FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

One to Watch: Laura Hart

Wendy Williams

Tuesday, 24th October 2017 at 8:37 am

Underemployment Negatively Affecting Mental Health of People with Disabilities

Luke Michael

Friday, 13th October 2017 at 11:46 am

National Sporting Code and Betting Company Seek Charity Partnership

Luke Michael

Thursday, 5th October 2017 at 9:02 am

The Journey to Find Mr Perfect

Lina Caneva

Tuesday, 3rd October 2017 at 8:10 am

POPULAR

Red Cross Moves to Wage-Based Fundraising Model

Lina Caneva

Thursday, 16th November 2017 at 8:30 am

Disability Advocacy Group Fights to Restore State Funding

Luke Michael

Thursday, 9th November 2017 at 8:37 am

Concerns Raised Over New ACNC Board Appointments

Luke Michael

Monday, 20th November 2017 at 2:28 pm

New Same-Sex Marriage Bill Looks to Protect Faith-Based Charities

Luke Michael

Monday, 13th November 2017 at 5:25 pm

Write a Reply or Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Good 360
pba inverse logo
Subscribe Twitter Facebook

The social sector's most essential news coverage. Delivered free to your inbox every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

You have Successfully Subscribed!