Date: November 26
The Turnbull government has framed its blueprint to modernise mental health services as a “structural reform” that will address the “staggering” cost of psychological illness to the economy.
Announced in Canberra today, the reforms feature a “stepped care” model that will see Australians receive treatment and support depending on their level of need, rather than the current “one-size-fits-all” approach.
Health Minister Sussan Ley said, for instance, the “modern, flexible and nimble” model would enable at-risk young people to access professional counselling online, rather than languishing on a waiting list or finding solace in “dark places on the internet”.
“We need to make sure that we intervene early and that we give people the care that they need at the time that they need it, the so-called stepped care approach,” Ms Ley said.