Extra $5 billion needed for mental health

Extra $5 billion needed for mental health

The AMA is calling on the Federal Government to provide an extra $5 billion in funding over four years to expand health and social services to ensure that there is a properly resourced, coordinated and supported mental health system in Australia.

AMA President, Dr Andrew Pesce, said that all Australians with a mental illness deserve to have ready access to quality mental health care based on their particular needs.

"This requires a significant expansion of services, intervention, and support across the whole continuum of care for people with mental illness," Dr Pesce said.

The AMA has recently release its first formal position statement on mental health. Read it here.

Read the AMA's media release here