In the May 2011-12 Budget, the Australian Government announced a reform package for mental health services worth $1.5 billion over five years, focused on five key areas:
- Better care for people with severe and debilitating mental illness
- Strengthening primary mental health care services
- Prevention and early intervention for children and young people
- Encouraging economic and social participation, including jobs, for people with mental illness
- Improving quality, accountability and innovation in mental health services.
- $571.3 million for better coordinated services for people with mental illness
- $220.3 million to strengthen primary care and better target services to those most in need (this included additional funding for the ATAPS program, and funding to develop e-mental health services)
- $491.7 million to expand services for children and young people.
16 The Hon Mark Butler MP, Mental Health Matters – Updates on reform from the Minister for Mental Health – October, DoHA, 2011, accessed 9 April 2013.
17 Department of Health and Ageing, National Mental Health Reform 2011-12: Highlights, DoHA, Canberra, 2011, accessed 9 April 2013.