TAMHSS Responds to Budget: Budget increase, welcome but let’s see the reality

We welcome the extra investment in mental health announced in the Budget last night.  This extra funding has been allocated as set out in the following table.  This new injection of funding reportedly takes mental health from 7% to 8% of the health budget.  This is a real improvement but it does not take mental … Continue reading TAMHSS Responds to Budget: Budget increase, welcome but let’s see the reality

Is activity-based funding a cul-de-sac on the roadmap to mental health?

There is a Commonwealth move for mental health services and programs to be funded by activity-based funding methods from 1 July 2012 using standard AN-DRGs.  We believe this method of funding mental health will be a retrograde step.  We recommend that you read the 2011 ABF FactSheetNo.8 Mental Health from the Centre for Health Service Development.  … Continue reading Is activity-based funding a cul-de-sac on the roadmap to mental health?

Mental Health – End the neglect

Last Thursday 12 August, a letter (in a poster form) was launched by Professor Pat McGorry and supporting organisations in Canberra.  View the ABC News coverage http://www.abc.net.au/news/video/2010/08/12/2981464.htm  In conjunction with the poster, a video version was put together with nine carers and consumers reading various parts of the letter.  The video is available at: http://www.youtube.com/user/MentalHealthReform#p/a

We want to build a picture of the Mental Health common ground, We Ask You…

During recent weeks mental health has emerged from shadows of media oblivion. We want to know your opinion. We have scoured recent news to reveal many layers of opinions, evidence and viewpoints. What is the evidence? What opinions do you agree with? Are the health reforms plans being too rushed? The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals … Continue reading We want to build a picture of the Mental Health common ground, We Ask You…