The Coalition has announced its mental health policy, committing $430 million on top of the $1.5 billion pledged during last year's election campaign.
The initiatives build on the Coalition's Better Access to Mental Health initiative. Among the announcements:
- $180 million on improving existing employment services for people with serious mental health problems
- $150 million to boost the outside services that job agencies could deploy for interventions on behalf of their clients
- $40 million to establish a national mental health research centre.
- $20 million to establish a national mental health workforce training institute
- The establishment of a mental health commission - at a cost of $40 million - to provide expert advice to the minister, to champion mental health issues and improve outcomes for patients within government.
Read the Coalition's media release
Read the Australian Medical Association's response
Read the Mental Health Council of Australia's response