Budget expected to benefit mental health programs

MENTAL health has been tipped as a major winner in next week’s Budget, with fresh predictions that the Gillard Government will tip around $2 billion into that area.
 
Part of the mental health plan would involve establishing a $50 million Mental Health Commission, charged with ensuring people’s minds are treated with as much care as their bodies.
 
The prediction from media source AAP and mental health experts comes as Health Minister Nicola Roxon this week admitted mental health had "for many decades really fallen between all the gaps".
 
Professor Ian Hickie, executive director of the Brain and Mind Research Institute, is confident the Government will deliver on its promise to make mental health a priority.
 
However, the rest of the health portfolio is unlikely to see a vast increase in new funding, with the Gillard Government still finalising its $16 billion hospital reform deal struck with states and

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