The Federal Government is conducting an Inquiry about the availability and quality of mental health services in rural and remote Australia. In the review, they will consider a range of issues, including:
- why fewer people access mental health services;
- why the rate of suicide is higher;
- the nature of the mental health workforce and mental health services; and
- opportunities to use technology to improve services .
Beyond Blue is preparing a submission to the inquiry and we are eager to reflect the experiences of blueVoices members, particularly those who are currently, or have previously, lived in a rural or remote area of Australia.
Beyond Blue’s policy and advocacy work includes a mix of reactive and proactive action. Reactive work, like this inquiry, provides an opportunity for Beyond Blue to respond and contribute to better mental health outcomes for Australians.
The Senate Committee undertaking the Inquiry expect many submissions, so it is important to us that we reflect the voices and experiences of people who live in rural and remote areas. Once the final report is tabled in Parliament, government will consider what changes are needed and these may include funding for services, policy reform or changes to workforce structures, for example.
Thank you for your interest. This activity is now closed. If you have any queries or would like more information please contact the blueVoices team on 03 9810 6100 or via email