This report, commissioned by ACEM and prepared by the Mitchell Institute for Education and Health Policy at Victoria University, analyses why Australia’s health system is failing to meet the urgent needs of people presenting to emergency departments for mental health care and presents a comprehensive set of recommendations for reform.
Read the full report.

Read the report summary and recommendations.
ACEM is calling for all Australian governments to act urgently to improve care for members of the community seeking mental health support, and address unsustainable pressures on hospital emergency departments. In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, which will continue to contribute to increasing and complex mental health issues and pressures on already-stretched health systems, action is needed now more than ever to build and sustain a functioning, integrated mental health system across the whole spectrum of care.
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