PACFA Response to the Productivity Commission’s Draft Report on Mental Health

PACFA has made a submission in response to the Productivity Commission’s Draft Report on Mental Health. The key theme throughout PACFA’s submission is creating a systems-level, nationally consistent approach to more comprehensive recognition and inclusion of Registered Counsellors and Psychotherapists as members of the Australian mental health workforce.  

We advocate for the inclusion of Registered Counsellors and Psychotherapists in federal. state and territory mental health legislation and in mental health workforce datasets, frameworks and strategies, and for recognition of Counsellors and psychotherapists as skilled and qualified service providers in a variety of government funded initiatives. We also call for inclusion of appropriately qualified and experienced Registered Counsellors and Psychotherapists as providers under the Medicare Benefits Schedule.

The submission addresses a range of issues in response to each section of the Commission’s draft report and focuses on building the capacity of the mental health workforce, broadening consumer choice through access to a wider range of service providers, facilitating a more comprehensive approach to stepped-care and creating a mental health system which provides continuity of care and consistent referral pathways to evidence-based, safe and affordable mental health services.

To read PACFA’s submission, click here.

PACFA has also responded to the Commission’s draft report by providing evidence at a public hearing and through direct engagement with the inquiry’s lead Dr Stephen King.

The Commission will present the final report on the inquiry into Mental Health to the Australian Government by 23 May. The Government is then required to table the report in Parliament within 25 sitting days. PACFA will keep all members informed of the release of the report.