An Australian Greens bid for improved mental health care in rural areas has been supported in a Senate vote today.
Australian Greens spokesperson for mental health Senator Penny Wright said a recent Monash University study recommended providing incentives for mental health professionals to practise outside major cities.
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.
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.
Authorised by D. Lawson, Australian Greens, Parliament House, Canberra 2600