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Primed for prevention: A consensus statement on the prevention of mental disorders
This Prevention Consensus Statement has been developed by the Prevention Coalition in Mental Health, an informal group of like-minded organisations with a shared belief in the importance of prevention in the mental health field. The Prevention Consensus Statement sets out what we can do to prevent depression, anxiety, and other conditions right now as we work our way through the social and economic challenges wrought by COVID-19, and into the future. Enhancing our focus on prevention will strengthen individuals and communities, save money, and save lives.
Victorian Royal Commission into Mental Health
The Victoria Royal Commission into mental health is an opportunity to thoughtfully and thoroughly review Victoria’s approach to mental health to determine what’s working and what’s not, across the entire spectrum of promotion, prevention, early intervention, recovery support and suicide prevention. We need to do things better – much better – and look for new solutions to this issue. In writing this submission we recognise that the Victorian Government must prioritise the needs of people living with a mental health condition, and their carers, however we also believe that our government has a responsibility to promote the mental wellbeing of the entire community, not only the 1.2% of people who access public specialist mental health services each year.
Productivity Commission Inquiry into Mental Health
In early 2019, we joined forces with other prevention focused organisations in the health and mental health field to lodge a joint submission to the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Mental Health, as well as submitting our own independent submission.
Executive Director, Dr Steve Carbone, also took the opportunity to present a response to the draft report produced by the Productivity Commission at a public hearing on Tuesday 19th November, 2019. You can watch a video recording of his verbal submission below.
Commonwealth Government Budget
Each year, the Australian Government invites organisations to submit recommendations for the forthcoming Federal Budget to help them decide how to allocate funding in particular areas. We believe that, in addition to treatment, more money needs to be spent on prevention and so we made the case to Government through the linked Budget Submission 2019-2020.