COAG commits to delivery of mental health reform

COAG commits to delivery of mental health reform

COAG commits to delivery of mental health reform

The Council of Australian Governments have committed to develop a National Partnership Agreement on Mental Health to help address major gaps in our mental health system, including a 10-year roadmap for mental health reform.

The Gillard Government will deliver reforms in mental health through a $2.2 billion mental health package, announced in the 2011-12 Federal Budget. The Commonwealth will provide $200 million over five years to the States and Territories to help address service gaps in accommodation and emergency department planning.

The Gillard Government’s mental health package, the largest ever delivered by a Federal Government, will:

  • identify and treat mental illness in the early years;
  • support young people who struggle with it in their teens; and
  • help those who have severe and persistent mental illness with intensive support in the community.

Both the National Partnership and the Roadmap will be considered again by COAG towards the end of 2011.

Read the Minister for Mental Health and Ageing's media release here

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