: Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson MP has welcomed sweeping changes planned for mental health services, which will change the face of mental health delivery across the country.
Mr Wilson said the Mental Health Reform Package sets out bold reforms to be phased in over the next three years, with the Country WA Primary Health Network (PHN) at the forefront of planning and commissioning better care.
The key reform will see people with severe and complex mental illness benefiting from new funding approaches to co-ordinating and delivering services, providing choice and control for people with mental illness.
“The Country WA PHN will be in charge of commissioning the mental health services they consider necessary and appropriate in the area to meet our specific local needs,” Mr Wilson said.
“This is all about recognising that with mental health or illness, not everyone is the same and may need varying levels of care or treatment depending on how their condition is assessed.
Included in the reforms is a new approach to suicide prevention, a single telephone and digital gateway to find the mental health advice or service needed along with specific care reforms focussed on children and indigenous Australians.
“I have already started introducing the PHN regional managers to health service providers and constituents at forums I’ve recently held,” Mr Wilson said.
“I look forward to continuing to work with them directly to make a real difference at the grassroots level.”
Each year, up to 4 million Australians suffer some form of mental health issue, making it the third most significant chronic condition in the country, after cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Full details of the Turnbull Government’s Mental Health Reform Package is at www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/mental-review-response