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Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Mental health policy 'fails to show results'

National attempts to improve mental healthcare have been challenged by a trio of health experts. The three experts claim it is unclear whether patients have benefited from the $8 billion in new money allocated to improving the sector by state and federal leaders since 2006.

In a scathing critique of current policy, the three experts say mental health's share of the overall health budget is shrinking instead of rising. This is the reverse of the outcome sought by peak mental health organisations, which have long argued that the mental health share of the budget -- now 5% -- should better reflect the 13% share of the overall disease burden caused by mental illnesses.

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