The Productivity Commission released their final report publicly on 16 November 2020. on mental health and looked into reforms to the mental health system that would produce large improvements in people’s quality of life and in increased economic participation.

The report makes recommendations to the Australian, state and territory governments. The report to improve the mental health of people of all ages and cultural backgrounds, working with people who have experience of mental illness, and with their families and carers. The recommended reforms extend across workplaces, schools and universities, the justice system, community groups and services for healthcare, psychosocial support, and housing.

“This inquiry examined the effect of mental health on people’s ability to participate in and prosper in the community and workplace, and the effects it has more generally on our economy and productivity.

It looked at how governments across Australia, employers, professional and community groups in healthcare, education, employment, social services, housing and justice can contribute to improving mental health for people of all ages and cultural backgrounds.

The Commission consulted widely, including in regional Australia. We also considered how to most effectively receive input from particular groups such as consumers and carers.

The report discusses some key influences on people’s mental health, examines the effect of mental health on people’s ability to participate and prosper in the community and workplace, and implications more generally for our economy and productivity.

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