A new approach for mental health - Greens

Media Release
Spokesperson Rachel Siewert
Saturday 17th April 2010, 11:12am
The Greens today announced a comprehensive mental health plan for Australia and are calling on the Commonwealth to embrace it as a fundamental part of the Prime Minister's proposed health reform program.

"The Greens have a fully developed, integrated plan for mental health which I urge Mr Rudd to consider if he is serious about building a reformed and effective health system", said Greens health spokesperson, Senator Rachel Siewert.

"It is clear the current model of mental health care isn't working. A range of different approaches are needed to keep people well and out of hospital longer by successfully managing their illness at home," Senator Siewert said.

"Mental health is a glaring omission from the PM's health package and this is his chance to get it right by including our sensible, considered plan.

"Australia has been under investing in this area for a long time and the Greens plan calls for additional funding for the mental health budget of $5 billion.

Greens plan includes:
• $100 million for funding of community prevention and recovery centres
• $145 million for early intervention programs
• $100 million incentive payments to provide services for the most vulnerable in our community

See the full release here.

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