LNP wants a national mental health research centre
PLANS to establish a national mental health research centre and training institute are at the top of the Liberal National Party's plan to improve the nation's mental wellbeing.
LNP candidate for Capricornia Michelle Landry and Shadow Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells yesterday hosted a Rockhampton forum into mental health which brought together medical professionals and patients.
Also on the Liberal National Party agenda was a more independent mental health commission.
Senator Fierravanti-Wells said mental health issues affected just about every house in Australia.
"We are seeing increasingly that the private sector has to take up the overload from the public sector."
Senator Fierravanti-Wells said there was an overlap of services between the state and federal governments which contributed to difficulties navigating through the system.
"But what we are increasingly seeing, is those people who were in institutions are getting older and not able to look after themselves … we are seeing that intersection between the psycho-geriatric for which there is very little.
"Any reform needs to take those issues into account."