Mental health reform at the crossroads

Mental health reform at the crossroads

Frank Quinlan

This webinar examined the current “wheels in motion” of Commonwealth reform processes, and highlighted the implications for other service sectors.

Mental Health Reform at the Crossroads

This webinar was held on 27 April 2016.

A full recording of this webinar is available on our YouTube Channel.

The audio, transcript and presentation slides are available under Event Resources on this page.

Mental health reform is at an important crossroads.

At the Commonwealth level, on the one hand, a range of mental health programs are being subsumed in the move toward the NDIS. On the other hand, many of the remaining Commonwealth mental health programs are being de-centralised by transferring funding to Primary Health Networks who will be responsible for commissioning services at the local level.

This transformation represents more than a shift in funding arrangements. Reforms are intended to advance:

  • Individual choice and control;
  • Local planning and integration; and
  • Support for innovation.

This webinar examined the current “wheels in motion” as Commonwealth reform processes unfold.

It also examined the implications for other service sectors, as Commonwealth reforms seek to influence service models in related service sectors.

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The feature image is by Shandi-lee Cox, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

About the presenters

Frank Quinlan

Frank Quinlan is the CEO of Mental Health Australia, the peak body representing mental health organisations in Australia. Frank is responsible for implementing Mental Health Australia’s vision of "better mental health for all Australians".

Frank was previously the Executive Director of Catholic Social Services Australia, a peak national body for social services organisations providing social and community services to over a million people each year.

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