Funds are rising, so why aren't mental health rates falling?

These 3 charts highlight a nationwide disparity

Successive Australian governments have increased their spending on mental health over the past few decades, which is a good thing.

But when the rate of mental illness isn’t going down, we need to step back and ask why?

Our research shows there is unfairness in how Australia’s mental health care is delivered.

Improving mental health will depend, at least in part, on fairer distribution.

While this means increasing spending in regional and remote Australia, it also means getting more resources to poorer urban areas.

Read more: Mental health funding in the 2017 budget is too little, unfair and lacks a coherent strategy

Higher spending, but no effects