Broken: Our mental healthcare system is screaming for help

'Australia needs more psychiatric care workers and yet the college struggles to fill its training places'

Dr Bernadette Wilks, deputy co-chair of the AMA Council of Doctors-in-Training, says Australia's mental healthcare system is broken — and fixing it presents a range of challenges.

They say it takes a village to raise a child. I say it takes seven doctors, four friends with a spare room, and over $20,000 in under two weeks for a junior doctor to access appropriate mental healthcare.

At least that was my experience over a five-month period when I assisted a friend and colleague to navigate the Victorian mental