Australia’s mental health care system teeters on the edge

PATIENT safety may be jeopardised as Australia's mental health care system teeters on the edge due to fewer empty hospital beds and longer ER waiting times.

Flinders University researcher Stephen Allison says a push to reduce funding of hospital-based psychiatric units in favour of community-based programs could be the tipping point for the mental health system.

Writing in Monday's Medical Journal of Australia, Associate Professor Allison said the National Mental Health Commission's recent recommendations would have a major impact on people experiencing a significant crisis, including those at risk of suicide.

- APN NEWSDESK


INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY: Women in justice

Premium Content INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY: Women in justice

About 70 per cent of staff in the Department of Justice are women and our Local...

WOMEN’S DAY: Sharpe help engineer a more equal world

Premium Content WOMEN’S DAY: Sharpe help engineer a more equal world

Roma’s Sharpe Engineering has been in business for over 25 years and during those...

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY: Celebrating our female teachers

Premium Content INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY: Celebrating our female teachers

With over 60 years of combined experience, two Roma State teachers share their...