The National Mental Health Commission Report: Evidence based or ideologically driven?

Stephen Allison, Tarun Bastiampillai, Dan Siskind, Leigh Roeger, Robert Goldney

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In April 2015, the National Mental Health Commission (NMHC) Report recommended that the federal government should transfer AUD$1 billion from acute hospitals to community programmes (NMHC, 2015). This would cut mental health fundingfor acute hospitals by at least 10% from 2017 to 2022, necessitating the closure of recently mainstreamed beds.

The acute hospital funding was to be transferred to a mix of early intervention and recovery programmes including step-up/step-down sub-acute beds (Figure 1). This ‘optimal’ treatment was predicted to improve patient outcomes and decrease demand on downstream services such as acute care. It was also predicted to reduce Medicare benefits schedule (MBS) payments, pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS) costs, disability support pensions and carer benefits.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)960-962
Number of pages3
JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2015


  • National Mental Health Commission
  • federal government
  • acute hospitals
  • community programmes


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