Media release: 17 April 2015

Let’s Deliver on this Historic Opportunity

The Australian Psychological Society (APS) today provided its initial response to the National Mental Health Commission’s Mental Health Services report.

“The APS fully supports the intent of the report to improve the delivery of Australia’s mental health services and programs. There are many substantial recommendations in the report which could improve services for consumers if implemented,” said Professor Lyn Littlefield, Executive Director of the APS.

“The APS agrees with the Health Minister, Sussan Ley MP, that this report marks a once-in-a-generation opportunity to improve mental health care and our organisation is ready to work with Government to ensure the best elements of the current mental health system are improved, while problems are addressed.

“The report has only just been released and requires careful analysis. However, it’s going to be critical that, while addressing the systemic issues within the service system, we don’t compromise the quality and contribution of the Australian mental health workforce – one of the best in the world”.

The APS looks forward to working with the Minister and her Government on how best to respond to the report’s recommendations.

“We commend the Minister’s intention to establish an Expert Reference Group and engage in consultation to inform the Government’s implementation of reforms to the system,” said Professor Littlefield.