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Well meant or well spent? Accountability for $8 billion of mental health reform

Med J Aust 2012; 196 (3): 159-161. || doi: 10.5694/mja11.11553

Despite significant recent public investment in mental health, do we really know what Australia is getting for its money?

In response to repeated inquiries revealing a profound crisis in the provision of mental health care services,1 Australia has committed to spending around $8 billion of new money on mental health since 2006. Few would argue that this investment was long overdue, given the significant gap between the funding mental health receives ($5.8 billion2 out of $113 billion of total health expenditure in the 2008–09 financial year3) and the contribution of mental illness to the burden of disease (13%).4

  • Sebastian P Rosenberg1
  • John Mendoza1
  • Lesley Russell2

  • 1 Brain and Mind Research Institute, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2 Menzies Centre for Health Policy, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.


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