The organisations fear that without real and measurable targets, the promised Roadmap for
Mental Health will fall well short of what the recent National Report Card on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention suggests Australia needs to support what it calls “a contributing life” for those who experience mental illness.
“We can’t let the publication of the country’s first National Report Card on Mental Health and
Suicide Prevention pass without government commitment”, said Mr Frank Quinlan, CEO of the
Mental Health Council of Australia.
“Mental health reform is a long term project, so it needs long term targets”, Mr Quinlan said.
“COAG already agreed to act in 2011. It’s now time for Governments to find unity of purpose.
It’s time to set ambitious targets”, said Mr Quinlan.
“We can’t let politics get in the way of mental health. We can’t let our fear of failure prevent us from setting measurable goals. Our system is currently failing many people who experience mental illness and this will only change if governments commit to achieving real change”, Mr Quinlan said.
The open letter to COAG outlines areas in which specific targets should be set, including: early intervention and prevention, participation in education, suicide, levels of stigma and awareness, levels of social participation and timely access to necessary and effective services.
A copy of the open letter to COAG is included with this media release and is available at
Media Contact: Frank Quinlan, Chief Executive Officer - 02 6285 3100 or 0409 655 460