Depression a $5bn hit to productivity

Original article by Simon Benson
The Australian – Page: 2 : 11-May-20

Sydney University’s Brain & Mind Centre has carried out modelling on the national wealth impacts of COVID-19. The Centre’s modelling indicates up to $5 billion in productivity could be lost as a result of an impending mental health crisis linked to mass unemployment. Centre director Ian Hickie says Australia’s mental ‘wealth’ was four per cent of GDP prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, and that Australia faces its biggest loss of that national wealth since the Great Depression if effective action is not taken as soon as possible.

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UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY. BRAIN AND MIND RESEARCH INSTITUTE