Government mental health reform to take “individualised” approach

Government mental health reform to take “individualised” approach

The Federal Government has announced an overhaul of Australia’s mental health system, to take a more individualised approach.

The shake-up follows criticism of the current system, which only allows mental health patients a maximum of 10 subsidised psychology sessions each year.

Health Minister Sussan Ley says its clear this one-size-fits-all approach is not effective, and does not provide an understanding of an individual’s mental health needs.

Some of the main aspects of the reforms are individualised care packages for people with complex needs, a new online mental health focus for services, and a new telephone hotline to direct people to appropriate services.

Ms Ley says services will be moved away from Canberra, and will instead be designed for different communities that need services.

“What we are moving to is regional commissioning, informed by the needs of the consumers in those regions,” she said.

“Service delivery that matches what you receive as a consumer with what you need according to that level of need.”

The changes are expected to be phased in over three years, starting in the 2016-17 financial year.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says mental illness has an impact on every aspect of the Australian economy, and the government is committed to implementing real reform.

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