Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne said today signalled the launch of Rising to the Challenge, a new national five-year plan for mental health and addiction.
“There has been considerable change in mental health, and in the last 20 years mental health funding has risen more than four-fold to $1.2 billion in the 2010/11 year,” Mr Dunne said.
“And among this, services have grown significantly particularly in community care where three quarters of mental health funding is now invested.
Rising to the Challenge is really a foundation document that sets out both the challenges facing mental health services and the priorities for action until 2017.
Key themes underpinning the plan include:
“The plan is aimed high and deliberately so,” Mr Dunne said.
“Its goal is to treat greater numbers of people, and to make services more effective in order to better support people’s recovery.
“Over time, we expect individuals to be able to access services to manage their own condition or get timely access to services provided by a responsive and capable workforce, increasingly located in primary care,” he said.
Mr Dunne said that as individuals’ mental health needs change, they will be able to move between services without lengthy delays. Services will be better coordinated and smoothly integrated.
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