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Top five solutions for Victorian mental health

10 October 2014, 11:58am

Today is World Mental Health Day, an opportunity for Victorians to discover more about an unseen health challenge in the community.

It is also a date where the ANMF (Vic Branch) continues to advocate for the Top 5 solutions to improve mental health care across the state.

With one in five Australians experiencing a mental illness in the next 12 months, mental health is an issue both governments and political parties seeking to govern must take seriously, ANMF (Vic Branch) Secretary Lisa Fitzpatrick said.

Victorian nurses and health care consumers alike would benefit from commitments from all parties on the Top 5 measures to improve mental health.

·         Every Victorian workplace should be a mentally healthy workplace. Recent research provided by Price Waterhouse Coopers on behalf of beyondblue and the Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance found every $1 invested in mental health returns $2.30 . View the video.

·         Reduce the stigma. Collaborate in evidence based activities that reduce the distrust and disenfranchisement associated with mental illness

·         Ensure all Victorians have access to mental health nurses by:
- mandating minimum nursing profiles in public mental health bed based services
- requiring every mental health public service community team to include one or more mental health nurses
- ensure all major emergency departments have access to skilled mental health specialists and
- increase the number of psychiatric C-L nurses within major public hospitals over the next two years

·         Provide ongoing funding, mandated in legislation, for the Nursing and Midwifery Health Program. The work of the NMHP has been critical in reducing nurse burn-out

·         Ensure our communities have access to public mental health aged care beds locally and within clinical sub-acute facilities. This measure can ease the pressure on Victorian hospitals and provide local support for mental health patients.

Nursing & Midwifery Health Program Victoria - short film

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