MATTHEW FISHER. Australia’s policy failure on mental health

Matthew Fisher

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    Australia rates highly on international measures of physical health status such as life expectancy at birth, suggesting we are healthier than ever before, but the data on mental health and illness tells a very different story. On measures of mental health and illness we are doing poorly and compare badly to other OECD countries. Despite a large body of evidence on social determinants of metal health and illness, our policy responses are overwhelmingly dominated by individualised responses such as drug treatments, counselling and resilience programs. This unwillingness to recognise major social causes of mental illness is a national policy failure.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages2
    Specialist publicationPearls and Irritations
    Publication statusPublished - 2017


    • policy failure
    • mental health
    • Australia
    • anxiety disorders


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