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Evaluation of the National Mental Health Strategy

Mental Health Branch, Commonwealth Department of Health and Family Services National Mental Health Strategy Evaluation Steering Committee Country Resources Evaluation of Policy, Law, Strategies, Plans, and Services Australia December 1997 Report strategy

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This evaluation considers the effectiveness and appropriateness of the National Mental Health Strategy since its inception in 1992.


A simple conclusion is that the mental health system in Australia at the commencement of the Strategy was in a poor state. While significant gains have been made, these need to be viewed
against the historical backdrop. The National Mental Health Strategy has raised awareness of previously hidden problem areas and encouraged an expectation, if not a demand, that ‘things should be better than this’.


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