Hidden cost of mental illness

Original article by Stephen Lunn
The Australian – Page: 1 & 6 : 31-Oct-19

The Productivity Commission has released a report which calls for ‘generational changes’ to address the issue of mental illness. The report notes that Australia has a higher rate of mental illness than the OECD average, and it costs the nation about $500m per day. Amongst other things, the report examines the direct cost of mental illness in terms of lost productivity and the provision of health services. It also warns that many people with mental illness are not receiving the support and services they require.

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AUSTRALIA. PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION

Locking up mentally ill is on the decline

Original article by Dan Harrison
The Sydney Morning Herald – Page: 7 : 17-Dec-14

The Australian Institute of Health & Welfare will on 17 December 2014 issue a new report on the treatment of mentally ill people. It shows that the rate at which such patients are secluded in solitary confinement has been falling by 12% on average per annum since 2008-09, to just 5% in 2013-14. The trend is being welcomed by experts, who note that solitary confinement is more of a management strategy rather than actual solution to the underlying problem. The Office of the Public Advocate in Victoria wants seclusion to be phased out entirely, while the Ministry of Health in New South Wales says it is a last resort only

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AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF HEALTH AND WELFARE, AUSTRALIA. NATIONAL MENTAL HEALTH COMMISSION, NEW SOUTH WALES. MINISTRY OF HEALTH, VICTORIA. OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC ADVOCATE