AUSTRALIAN of the Year and mental health advocate Pat McGorry says he is "devastated" by the detail of Julia Gillard's mental health policy announced today.
The Prime Minister's pledge to inject nearly $280 million into mental health and suicide prevention services has been slammed by experts who say the issue has been airbrushed over yet again.
Professor McGorry told The Australian he was “devastated' with today's announcement and believed Ms Gillard was continuing to show “a lack of leadership”.
“John Mendoza and I handed the Prime Minister a clear blueprint that was endorsed by all in the mental health sector,” Professor McGorry said.
“But she just seems to have contacted the same old advisers and rolled out policy that really is just a drop in the ocean.”
...Tony Abbott last week announced a $1.5 billion boost to the sector, including 80 mental health treatment centres, with 60 serving young people.