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Mental health review is a forerunner for cuts

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Penny Wright 5 Feb 2014

A new review of mental health services will likely lead to mental health funding cuts, says Australian Greens spokesperson for mental health Senator Penny Wright.

Senator Wright said it was a shame Mr Dutton's first major action in the neglected area of mental health was to outline a review as a clear forerunner for cuts to the sector.

"Mr Dutton may well be Australia's quietest minister, but he's just as prepared to cut help for Australia's most needy as the rest of the Abbott Government," Senator Wright said.

"It's been 140 days since Mr Dutton was sworn in as minister and even though he promised to prioritise mental health - this is the first major announcement he's made.

"This is a very wide-ranging review of mental health services, yet the government hasn't even said if they will be consulting with the mental health sector.

"It is vital that mental health organisations on the ground know if the Government's review will be transparent and if they will get a say.

"Almost half of all Australians will experience mental ill-health at some point in our lives and hundreds of thousands miss out on the care they need. Australia needs a greater investment in mental health, not less."


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