AGPN blasts govt's narrow, inadequate mental health roadmap

In an unusually frank rebuke, the AGPN’s response, entitled A Road Map Or Road Block?, lists a raft of shortcomings and omissions – mainly concerning primary health care – it wants addressed before the 10-year policy blueprint is adopted by the Council of Australian Governments in coming months.

“The draft lacks a strong vision for the role general practice and primary health care services can play in mental health service innovation and improvement over the next ten years,” AGPN chair Dr Emil Djakic said.

“This is a roadblock rather than roadmap to reform.