Inquiry looks into mental health services in the bush
Posted March 23, 2018
Federal Independent Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan has welcomed a Senate inquiry into access to mental health services in regional and remote Australia.
“I encourage residents, organisations, and mental health professionals in Indi with experience in this field in Indi to have their say and make a submission,” Ms McGowan said.
The inquiry will ask why rural and remote Australians are accessing mental health services at a much lower rate. It will also investigate the challenges of delivering mental health services in regional areas and how technology may assist.
“It is absolutely vital that people in rural and regional Australia have access to high quality mental health services. It is important to understand some of the reasons regional and rural Australians have been missing out on these services,” Ms McGowan said.
Submissions close 11 May 2018.
The Terms of Reference for the Inquiry are:
The accessibility and quality of mental health services in rural and remote Australia, with specific reference to:
(a) the nature and underlying causes of rural and remote Australians accessing mental health services at a much lower rate;
(b) the higher rate of suicide in rural and remote Australia;
(c) the nature of the mental health workforce;
(d) the challenges of delivering mental health services in the regions;
(e) attitudes towards mental health services;
(f) opportunities that technology presents for improved service delivery; and
(g) any other related matters.
To have your say, visit the Committee page and click the link to upload a submission: https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Community_Affairs/MentalHealthServices