The Tasmanian Greens today announced a $3.75 million dollars commitment to mental health over the next four years.
Greens Leader Nick McKim MP said the Greens will fund a range of programs in mental health and suicide prevention, investing in a more effective and evidence based mental health service for all Tasmanians.
“Too many Tasmanians are left behind because of a lack of support for mental illness,” Mr McKim said.
“We need to do more for those people who sometimes struggle to get out of bed in the morning and reach their full potential because of mental illness.”
“We are committed to implementing state benchmarks to assess how we are travelling down the COAG Roadmap for Mental Health Reform.”
“Mental illness is one of the most pressing health issues to confront Tasmania as a state and as a community.”
“Despite the scale of the problem, mental illness has often failed to attract the same awareness and funding as many other health issues. “
“The Greens will establish a Mental Health Commission as an independent statutory body to bring mental health service providers, consumers and other stakeholders together to review mental health services from varying perspectives.”
“We will create the position of Chief Health Economist to provide advice to government and ensure funding decisions relating to healthcare are based on need or utility not political consideration.”
“This is about removing pork barrelling from decisions over funding, and ensuring governments take a long term and big picture view of health issues including mental health.”
“While attitudes are changing, we need to ensure that people suffering from mental illness have access to the treatment and services they need, and a voice in policy and decision making regarding mental health services.”
The policy is available for download from the Greens MPs’ website.
Greens Leader Nick McKim