A recent Report, Crossroads: Rethinking the Australian mental health system, has urged Australia to evolve the structure of its mental health system, noting that approximately 45% of Australian adults experience mental illness, but less than half receive the help they need.

Among other things, the Report advocates an urgent transition to a 21st Century mental health system by shifting focus and investment towards a "stepped care" system that emphasises promotion, prevention and early intervention. Under the proposed model, investment would be redirected towards integrating lower-cost interventions (such as online self-help services) with existing clinical services. The Report argues this approach will increase the number of people receiving care while freeing up clinical services for those who need it the most.

The Report appears timely considering the Federal Government’s pending review of mental health services and programmes.

To view the Report, click here.