About the inquiry
In November 2018, the Australian Productivity Commission commenced an inquiry into the role of mental health in the Australian economy and the best ways to support and improve national mental wellbeing.
The inquiry will consider how mental illness can affect all aspects of a person's quality of life including physical health, social participation, education, employment and financial status.
It will look at how governments across Australia, employers, professional and community groups in healthcare, education, employment, social services, housing and justice can contribute to improving mental health for people of all ages and cultural backgrounds.
To assist the Commission in undertaking this inquiry, Professor Harvey Whiteford, a former Chair of the Queensland Mental Health and Drug Advisory Council and member of the National Mental Health Commission's Advisory Board, has been appointed as an Associate Commissioner.
Many of the areas of reform required to improve the mental health and wellbeing, and social and economic participation of the Australian people lie outside the health system.
To achieve good mental health and wellbeing; prevent and reduce the impact of mental illnesss, problematic alcohol and other drug use; and prevent suicide, a more balanced approach to investment across the health, social and human service systems is needed.
Our submission addressed the terms of reference, including discussion of:
- A balanced approach to cross-sectoral action
- The voice of people
- Investing in early years
- Stigma and discrimination
- Lived experience workforce
- Housing and homelessness
- Education, training and employment
- Integrated services
- Health funding
- Measuring outcomes