Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry
The report of the long-awaited Mental Health and Addiction inquiry was recently released and is now being considered by the government and the wider sector.
The panel has returned its report in just under a year and the Government has released it for public discussion. It has confirmed that it is taking a considered approach and will formally respond by March next year. Minister of Health David Clark said the inquiry was a "once-in-a-generation opportunity to rethink how we handle some of the biggest challenges we face as a country".
More than 2000 people attended public meetings as the panel travelled to 26 centres throughout the country. More than 5200 submissions were made to the inquiry.
Among its recommendations are urgently implementing a national suicide prevention strategy and target, reforming the Mental Health Act, establishing a new Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission to act as a watchdog, and reforming alcohol and drug laws.
Key recommendations a national health target to improve access to mental health services. They also propose a wider set of services to be made available to patients: things like e-therapy, and better resourcing to have paramedics paired with police on emergency mental health callouts.
Haven't got time to read the report? Check out this fantastic 5 minute summary of the recommendations here:
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