Rally for Increased Mental Health Funding in Victoria

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Why do we accept a third-class mental health system?

Mental Illness accounts for at least 15% of the disease burden in Victoria but receives ONLY 5% of all health funding.

  • Victoria is now the ‘wooden-spooner’ state of mental health service provision.
  • 686 people committed suicide in Victoria in the period 2016-2017
  • Suicide is the number one cause of death in males from age 15 to 44 years.
  • We spend 1.1% per capita with other states average spending of 1.8%.
  • Worst we spend proportionately 50% of what other states spend on our precious young people’s mental health.
  • Every 10 minutes a person with a serious illness presents to a Victorian hospital emergency department.
  • Emergency Department mental illness admissions tripled between 2008 to 2015 tripled for 10 to 19-year olds.
  • Previously available programs and support pathways are rapidly being downsized and withdrawn from 90% of Victorians living with severe mental illness in order to fund the NDIS program available to a greatly reduced number of people. This disappearing central pillar of community based psychosocial rehabilitation is the step down from clinical or acute care, previously funded by the Victorian Government.

International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Adopted and opened for signature, ratification and accession by General Assembly resolution 2200A (XXI) of 16 December 1966 – Ratified by Australia 10 Dec 1975

Article 12

1.            The States Parties to the present Covenant recognize the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health.

Chronic underfunding over the past two decades has seen Victoria’s investment in mental health fall well below that of the rest of Australia. Today, Victoria has the dubious distinction of having the lowest per capita expenditure on mental health in the country.

It makes a mockery of our commitment to “recognize the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health”.

Please support by signing this petition and rally our State Government to substantially increase funding to target vulnerable victims of Mental Health Illness here in Victoria.