On 21 January 2019, the Productivity Commission released its much awaited issues paper to inform its review of the social and economic benefits of improving mental health.
It was heartening to see the Productivity Commission take a whole-of-life approach that considers not only the social and economic participation aspects, but also education, employment, social services, housing and justice.
With initial submissions due by Friday 5 April 2019, the NSW Mental Health Commission considers this a rare and important opportunity to advocate for a person and family centred lens in this inquiry.
It is a chance to show support for the development of innovative solutions that will enable people with lived experience to have choice around the supports and interventions they need, as well as the opportunity to live their life on their own terms. Economic productivity is intertwined with an individual's health, wellbeing, opportunity and the freedom to live a life of meaning, and it also has downstream benefits for families, communities, workplaces and the economy.
The Commission will be making a submission informed by evidence, expertise and the voice of lived experience.
For more information or to make your own submission, visit: https://www.pc.gov.au/inquiries/current/mental-health/issues