'Too many inquiries, not enough action' on mental health

Any new investigation into the system should look first at why the myriad others have been ignored

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has promised to hold a royal commission into mental health if Labor wins the November state election.


His announcement came a couple of weeks after the Federal Government asked the Productivity Commission to examine “the role of mental health in the Australian economy and the best ways to support and improve national mental wellbeing”.

Inquiries are not new in mental health. There were 32 separate statutory inquiries into the sector between 2006 and 2012 alone, typically gathering first-person experiences.