Mental Health Reform

Feb 28 2014, 11:30am AEDT

A landmark report into mental health in Australia has found that despite 30 years of reform, people with a mental illness are still treated like second-class citizens. 

The Report is a ground breaking examination of the journey of mental health reform, the present state of the system, and proposes a better way for the future. 

Mr John Mendoza spoke on his landmark report Obsessive Hope Disorder: Reflections on 30 years of mental health reform and visions for the future, at the sector networking event hosted by not-for-profit organisations Drug ARM Australasia and Aftercare this morning, in Brisbane. 

“The extensive and widely sourced research assembled in Obsessive Hope Disorder is a very important and timely contribution to informing efforts to more adequately protect the rights of Australians affected by mental illness,” Brian Burdekin (HREOC Enquiry). 

The report was not a government initiated or funded report.  It was funded by organisations such as Aftercare, from across the sector, receiving input from many dedicated individuals such as Aftercare’s Ivan Frkovic, then developed and produced by John Mendoza and his team. 

The report’s findings and recommendations are informed by research including over 1000 responses to community surveys on experiences with mental health services and reform priorities, a detailed analysis of 32 reports from statutory offices on mental health services across Australia, and detailed analyses of critical issues such as the workforce and research.