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

Sebastian P Rosenberg, John Mendoza and Lesley Russell
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?

Sebastian P Rosenberg, MPubAdmin, Senior Lecturer1
John Mendoza, BEd, Adjunct Associate Professor1
Lesley Russell, PhD, Research Associate2
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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