Ministry of Loneliness needed to tackle isolation

Some may scoff, but the proposal has merit, as Australia needs a more community focus, says AMA

It’s time for Australia to follow the UK’s lead and appoint a Federal Minister for Loneliness or Social Inclusion, according to Simon Tatz, the AMA’s public health director.

Fresh from a meeting with Friends for Good, an organisation that aims to reduce loneliness through events and services, Mr Tatz says federal leadership is needed to address social isolation, which one study shows carries an increased risk of early death.