Submission to the Productivity Commission
The Productivity Commission is holding an Inquiry to examine the effect of mental health on people’s ability to participate in and prosper in the community and workplace, and the effets it has more generally on our economy and productivity.
Improved mental health of Australians has been a national priority for over 25 years. Over that time, there has been increased government effort to support health and suicide prevention services. Despite these efforts, many people are still not receiving the support they need.
CSSA’s submission finds that:
- Social services are essential for holistic, comprehensive and tailored responses to the diverse mental health needs of individuals because they both build on biomedical supports to enhance social and economic participation, and because they address the social barriers to otherwise successful clinical interventions;
- Federal Government devolution of mental health policy risks less support for social services through lack of continuity in service, opaque commissioning and reduced funding;
- Consumer driven social service funding models present specific challenges around information asymmetry, service equity and client agency in relation to mental illness;
- Ongoing support and quarantined funding for the viability of Australia’s social services system is a key pillar for the effective functioning of its mental health system into the future. The following recommendations are made in support of these findings