Reforms remove the ‘blanket’ approach to mental health
WITH 11% of Central Queenslanders reporting current mental health problems at any one time, reforms to the mental health sector are sorely needed.
Federal Health Minister Sussan Ley yesterday announced a "full mental health reform package" which would see the 31 Primary Health Networks take a larger role in the commissioning of mental health services from July 1 next year; allowing services to be tailored to specific needs in local communities.
Ms Ley said the changes would ensure people in regional areas got help more quickly and would do away with the current "one-size-fits-all" approach.
PHN CEO Pattie Hudson welcomed the announcement.
"We are pleased to see a genuine commitment to reform in the mental health sector.
"We have recognised mental health as a priority in our region for some time, and the inclusion of regionally tailored packages for people living with mental illness is an important part of these reforms," she said.
"We also look forward to receiving more detail of the department's commitment to additional funding for PHNs to build capacity and resources so we can ensure that the rollout of these reforms doesn't allow anyone to fall through the cracks."
The arrangements will be phased in over three years.