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