Viewing articles in Portfolio:

Mental Health

Filter Articles

Mental Health Services for Regional, Rural & Remote Areas

Community Affairs Committee
Wednesday 15 February 2012

Senator WRIGHT: I will identify one group that I did mention that I have not had an answer on and that I am interested in, in particular. Is there any particular service or targeting of people in regional, rural and remote areas, as opposed to the general idea of ATAPS being more able to access people there?

Ms Halton: The short answer is yes.

Read more

Better Access

Community Affairs Committee
Wednesday 15 February 2012

Senator WRIGHT: I now have some questions regarding Better Access. As of January 2013 the number of treatment sessions available will be reduced from 16 to 10. In light of these projected changes to the Better Access program, what programs are currently being progressed to fill the likely need for services that will be caused by the changes that will come into effect on 1 January 2013?

Read more

10 Year Roadmap for National Mental Health Reform

Community Affairs Committee
Wednesday 15 February 2012

Senator WRIGHT: Thank you for your attendance today. Good afternoon. First of all I would like to ask you some questions about the Ten Year Roadmap for National Mental Health Reform. What consultation was conducted as part of the lead-up and process in drafting the Ten Year Road Map for National Mental Health Reform?

Read more

Mental Health Roadmap Needs Clearer Milestones: Greens

The Australian Greens share concerns that the Government’s draft 10-year roadmap for mental health reform does not provide a clear way forward.

The Greens plan to ask questions about the consultation and implementation process of the roadmap during Senate Estimates.

“These questions urgently needed to be answered given mental health experts, including John Mendoza and Alan Rosen have called on the Government to scrap the current draft of the roadmap due to its lack of clearly defined goals”, Greens spokesperson for mental health, Senator Penny Wright, said. 

Read more

Time is ticking for mental health services: Greens

The countdown is on for the Government to ensure patients don’t miss out on crucial mental health treatment when the reinstated sessions for the Better Access program finish at the end of the year, the Greens said.

Greens spokesperson for mental health, Senator Penny Wright, officially withdrew a motion to disallow cuts to the program today after the Government announced last week they would re-instate six additional sessions in exceptional circumstances as an interim measure.

Read more