Mental health access program failing the needy

A SENIOR Government adviser and mental health expert has warned that the contentious Better Access to Mental Health Care program has failed to meet its aims despite its ballooning costs.

Professor Ian Hickie, a member of the Government's National Advisory Council on Mental Health and executive director of the University of Sydney's Brain & Mind Research Institute, has called on the Government to urgently overhaul the program.

His comments, made on the ABC's AM program this morning, come as Mental Health Minister Mark Butler was set to release a long