Analysing the 2011 mental health Budget

THE most interesting element of the Budget was not the quantum promised to mental health: $2.2 billion is a reasonable outcome, but only $1.5 billion of this is new money.

Over five years, and as the centrepiece health investment in a tight Budget, there is reason to be appreciative without being overwhelmed.

Fact is, the health Budget grows by around $9 billion each year. At this rate of investment, mental health’s share of the overall health Budget is diminishing.

Another interesting aspect of the Budget was the choices the Government made that reflect willingness to support innovation.