Open minds. Improve services. Transform Australia.

We are at a tipping point for mental health reform in Australia. Not only can we no longer afford to do nothing, but we now have the opportunity, capacity and momentum to deliver genuinely transformational change.

Our current mental health system of late intervention within a beleaguered acute health system often abandons people at precisely the times they should be getting the most help. The achievable alternative is to live in communities in which people are increasingly enlightened about mental health issues and where locally based services respond early, expertly and effectively whenever we begin to struggle with our mental health.

This website as a resource for concerned Australians, policy-makers and people who work in mental health services who want to help to achieve mental health reform. I have no doubt that working constructively together, we can achieve a new deal on mental health that expresses all that is best about Australia.

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On March 12, 2014 Croakey published a piece on the launch of the ReachOut.Com by Inspire Foundation/Ernst & Young report Crossroads: Rethinking the Australian mental health system. Professor Patrick McGorry has written the following response to this piece.

 

The media's coverage of former Attorney General and Health Minister Nicola Roxon's speech at the John Button Memorial Lecture on Wednesday night in Melbourne was largely confined to her reprise of the well known acrimony between Kevin Rudd and his colleagues, and her analysis of the character flaws of the former Prime Minister. While this may be endlessly fascinating to some, it is hardly news. Much more significant were her revelations regarding the inside story of the Rudd government's approach to health reform. 

Ireland has launched a new set of national mental health guidelines for schools. Commenting on the news, Patrick McGorry said, "Guidelines are most welcome and will expand the support and recognition capacity of the school communities.  But where to then? Where do young people turn to then?  There is urgent need for new style services to provide some expert help to the large number of young people who are locked out of care at present."

Patrick McGorry writes in today's Age about the need for an end to the culture of shame and secrecy surrounding suicide that prevents more young lives from being saved

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Prof Patrick McGorry was interviewed in response to Patrick McClure's discussion paper on welfare programs in Australia. His comments were published in The Sydney Morning Herald July 2, 2014.

Prof Patrick McGorry was interviewed in response to a report by Mission Australia and the Black Dog Institute which found that a majority of teenagers with mental health issues are not comfortable seeking professional help. His comments were broadcast on ABC's AM program Wednesday 18 June, 2014.

Professor Patrick McGorry was interviewed regarding young people's access to mental health services compared with older people's. His comments were broadcast on ABC PM Wednesday 16 April, 2014.

Prof Patrick McGorry contributed to the Government's welfare reivew, calling for support for disability pensioners with mental ill health to help them get back to work or study. His comments were recorded on News.com.au 11 March 2014.