As part of the ongoing reform of Queensland Health, premier Anna Bligh announced yesterday (January 30) that a new body will be established to address mental health in the state.
The premier received a report from the Queensland Mental Health Commission Advisory Committee, outlining 14 key recommendations.
"The recommendations have been developed with input from people living with mental illness, and from service providers, clinicians, families and carers in all parts of Queensland," Ms Bligh asserted.
A new Queensland Mental Health Commission will be created and will be in charge of allocating $1 billion in funds towards community programs and services – including alcohol and drug treatments policy and planning.
"The new Commission will provide strong leadership and advocacy to ensure that people with mental illness can access the services and supports they need," Ms Bligh added.
Figures from the federal government's Private Health Insurance Ombudsman indicate that one in five Australians will experience some form of mental illness in their lives.
Some private health insurance policies may help to cover the costs of psychological services outside of Medicare's current system.