Mental health care needs a new approach

According to Patrick McGorry, mental health issues account for more than 60 per cent of the total burden of ill-health in young Australians today. A recent report by Access Economics has estimated that in 2009, the cost of mental illness in Australians aged between 12 and 25 years was $10 billion, with 70 per cent of this due to the costs of lost productivity as a result of lower employment rates, absenteeism and premature death.

There are huge benefits from investing in early intervention and evidence-based care: the Access Economics report also showed that the $10-$30 billion of costs a year associated with mental ill-health in young people could be reduced dramatically by the national implementation of cost-effective early intervention models that would very quickly pay for themselves.

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