Australia needs a mental health commission.
Alan Rosen, Patrick McGorry, Grace Groom, Ian Hickie, Roger Gurr, Barbara Hocking, Margaret Leggatt, Anne Deveson, Keith Wilson, Douglas Holmes, Vivienne Miller, Lynne Dunbar, Fiona Stanley
Australas Psychiatry | Published : 2004
OBJECTIVES: The present paper aims to: (i) describe how the Mental Health Commission in New Zealand works and has contributed to the substantial enhancement of mental health resources and services; (ii) determine whether mental health reform policies will ever be implemented properly without an independent monitor with official influence at the highest levels of government; and (iii) demonstrate how variants on this model work in other Western countries and how it can be adapted to the Federated system in Australia. CONCLUSIONS: It is recommended that the Australian National Mental Health Plan 2003-2008 should be complemented by a long-standing national mental health commission (or similarly..View full abstract