CAMPAIGN FOCUS ON MORE FUNDING
A LOBBY group has used Mental Health Week to launch a campaign to get funding increased for services. The Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia says funds for mental health services need to double. Its chief executive David Meldrum said mental illness represented more than 14 per cent of the health burden but only received about 8 per cent of funding. He said 600,000 people had a severe mental illness and only half were accessing services. Moreover, 100,000 of those had illnesses or disabilities to compound their problems. It was a disgrace people with schizophrenia were dying in their 50s of diabetes. “People with severe mental illness have now become some of the most economically and socially marginalised people in Australia,” he said. MIFA wants the welfare system overhauled, a campaign to reduce the stigma in the workplace and big boost for community support funds. Let’s hope they get the message to the decision makers.
Rick Lee - CNG editor