The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has welcomed the elevation of the mental health portfolio to cabinet in the recent Australian government ministry and cabinet changes.

“The inclusion of mental health in the Australian government’s cabinet acknowledges the importance of mental health as an issue which is integral to the health of every Australian,” said Dr Maria Tomasic, president of The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.

“Mental illness is common and seriously affects the health and lives of many Australians, as well as their families, carers and communities.

The college has also congratulated Mark Butler on gaining the additional social inclusion portfolio.

“The issues of social inclusion and mental health are intrinsically linked and The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists welcomes their coupling in the same portfolio.

“There is still a long way to go in addressing the mental health needs of Australians and The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists hopes this signals the government’s ongoing commitment to improving mental health services in Australia.

” The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists looks forward to working with the Australian government to improve the mental health of Australians.”

RANZCP, the principal organisation representing the medical specialty of psychiatry in Australia and New Zealand, released a position document earlier today which stated its belief that the mental health needs of older Australians are currently being ignored and the federal government should take action to better address the concerns of older people with mental health conditions.

To read the full article about the organisation’s position statement, click here.

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