The Greens believe that access to quality health care, including mental health care, is a basic human right. With approximately twenty percent of Australians experiencing mental health issues in any given year, mental health policy goes to the heart of our nation’s wellbeing and touches all of us. It is therefore vital that adequate funding and attention is given to all aspects of mental health in Australia.
Our three key priority areas are:
- Responding to the unique mental health issues faced by regional, rural and remote Australia;
- Increasing access to appropriate services, improving the quality of such services, and expanding community-based support programs and agencies to enable people experiencing mental illness to live in and participate more fully in their communities; and
- Adequate support and improvement of preventative models and approaches to mental health care.
Most recently, the Greens successfully negotiated a reduction in cuts to mental health treatment sessions under the Better Access program. The revised cuts are a positive compromise as they provide a transition period for the Government to develop and build the capacity of alternative programs and services.
17 May 2013
The 2013 Labor Budget will do little to ease the stress on Australians. Senator Penny Wright talks about what was in the budg...
28 May 2013 | 6:30 pm
Senator Penny Wright to attend a Panel Discussion on Mental Health and Small Business on Tuesday 28 May.
16 May 2013
Senator Wright's motion for Schizophrenia Awareness Week calling on all governments in Australia to address the poor physical h...
15 May 2013
The 2013 Labor Budget will do little to ease the stress on country South Australians, say Australian Greens Senators Sarah Hans...
08 May 2013
A new report estimating the real costs of mental health services in Australia should be a wake-up call to the old parties, say ...
04 May 2013
The Australian Greens will query the effectiveness of mental health services for veterans, as extra funding for mental health w...
06 Feb 2013
Senator Wright tables documents from the Western Australian and New South Wales Governments acknowledging a shared responsibili...
23 Jan 2013
Insurance exceptions allowing discrimination against people with mental ill-health must be re-examined, says Australian Greens ...
16 Jan 2013
Penny Wright asked questions on notice regarding mental health first aid.
16 Jan 2013
Penny Wright asked questions on notice regarding online mental health and counselling services.