Wellways with our sector partners Mind, Neami and SANE have combined our experiences, practice wisdom and research into the submission to present a united view on where we believe the final Productivity Commission report can be strengthened so that it best addresses the needs of all Australians.

We believe that substantial changes are needed in order to set Australia on a path to the sustainable long-term reform of its mental health system to improve the outcomes for people affected by mental health issues.

Our views and key recommendations from the joint submission

  • We believe the draft report could be strengthened by having a far greater focus on the role of psychosocial supports and clearer plans to reform and expand the community mental health service sector.
  • We contend that the most significant and pressing gap within the Draft Report is the omission on the community mental health workforce.
  • We recommend that the Productivity Commission gives a far greater focus to the role of psychosocial supports and clearer plans to reform and expand the community mental health service sector.
  • We’re encouraged by the Productivity Commission’s intention to design an all of population mental health system architecture that covers low level needs to the acute and complex end of the spectrum of mental health issues.
  • There is recognition within the report of the importance of the social and emotional model of mental health care that includes ‘non-health’ components of mental ill-health, such as poor housing, education, training and labour market participation.

Our joint submission

You can read the full joint submission here.

Joint submission response (PDF 962KB)

For more information 

Scott Samson, Public Affairs, Wellways Australia
media@wellways.org | (03) 8486 4200 | 0429 022 248