Journal article

Using accountability for mental health to drive reform

Sebastian P Rosenberg, Ian B Hickie, Patrick D McGorry, Luis Salvador-Carulla, Jane Burns, Helen Christensen, John Mendoza, Alan Rosen, Lesley M Russell, Sally Sinclair

MEDICAL JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA | AUSTRALASIAN MED PUBL CO LTD | Published : 2015

Abstract

Greatly enhanced accountability can drive mental health reform. As extant approaches are ineffective, we propose a new approach. Australia spends around $7.6 billion on mental health services annually, but is anybody getting better? Effective accountability for mental health can reduce variation in care and increase effective service provision. Despite 20 years of rhetoric, Australia's approach to accountability in mental health is overly focused on fulfilling governmental reporting requirements rather than using data to drive reform. The existing system is both fragmented and outcome blind. Australia has failed to develop useful local and regional approaches to benchmarking in mental he..

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