Locals to oversee mental health care

Virtually all Medical Locals have won first-stage bids to co-ordinate the care of 24,000 patients with long-running mental health problems.

The Partners in Recovery program is a key plank of the Federal Government's mental health reforms and is designed to target people with severe and complex issues who are "experiencing difficulty in completing basic activities of daily living".

Last week, the government said 49 of the 61 Medicare Locals

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