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The Productivity Commission Inquiry Report into Mental Health—A Commentary from a Health Economics Perspective

Cathrine Mihalopoulos, Yong Yi Lee, Lidia Engel, Long Khanh‐Dao Le, Eng Joo Tan () and Mary Lou Chatterton

Australian Economic Review, 2021, vol. 54, issue 1, 119-129

Abstract: The Productivity Commission's Inquiry Report into Mental Health makes extensive recommendations to improve population mental health as a means of further enhancing productivity and economic growth. While providing an invaluable high‐level vision for reforming current mental health and social systems at a programmatic level, it lacks supporting evidence that would guide implementation of specific recommendations. We discuss important methodological considerations used to measure the output of the mental health sector and present clinical and cost‐effectiveness evidence, supporting selected recommendations. We suggest the development of a broad‐based health technology assessment process to facilitate consistent decision making across health and other government sectors.

Date: 2021
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