Shortcomings of the draft Fifth National Mental Health Plan
QAMH was one of 57 mental health sector organisations that wrote a joint letter to the Prime Minister and First Ministers outlining the many shortcomings in the draft Fifth National Mental Health Plan.
The authors draw attention to the ‘alarming gaps between previous commitments by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) on mental health and the consultation draft for the Fifth National Mental Health Plan. They call on the First Ministers to ‘lead mental health reform by fundamentally reconceptualising the Fifth Plan’s vision in line with the principles to:
- Commit to meaningful improvements in the lives of consumers and carers
- Assign specific Ministerial responsibilities across portfolios, including health, social and community services, employment and education
- Reorient investment towards early intervention and prevention
- Expand and embed services in the community, close to need.
For more information, read the joint letter regarding the draft Fifth National Mental Health Plan, or read Mental Health Australia’s corresponding media release.