A new report from 60 leading Australian health experts recommends major improvements to primary healthcare services in Australia to stop people with serious mental illnesses from dying between 14 and 23 years earlier than other Australians.
Nearly 80% of people with serious mental illness die prematurely of chronic physical health conditions that could be effectively managed and often prevented.
The Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt launched the Australian Health Policy Collaboration’s (AHPC) "Being Equally Well" roadmap report.
Developed in partnership with GPs, psychiatrists, mental-health consumers and carers, and other health professionals, the roadmap lays out changes to how medical services can work, including:
- implementing shared care between psychiatrists and GPs, and with pharmacists to manage mental and physical health together
- mental health nurse navigators, to support people in navigating the complex health system
- Medicare Benefits Scheme funding for GPs to set up dedicated supports to ensure regular health checks and screening as well as treatment of chronic conditions
- ending gap payments for medication, including for cardiovascular diseases risk reduction medication and nicotine patches
- establishing a federally funded national clinical quality registry to support and monitor improvements in life expectancy for people with serious mental illnesses and
- establishing a national Office for Quality in Physical and Mental Healthcare Outcomes.
|Place of Publication||Melbourne|
|Publisher||Mitchell Institute, Victoria University|
|Commissioning body||Commonwealth of Australia. Department of Health.|
|Number of pages||29|
|Publication status||Published - 26 Aug 2021|