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I happened to be talking to my local politician before Christmas must be fine website o-n depression, http://www.DepressioNet.com.au was about to lose money for its important 24 hour support forums consequently of failure by the Australian government to invest in its programs.

Therefore I pinged the pollies and Bill, my local politician, wanted to talk. The main one illuminating aspect of our 45 minute conversation was that it was quite difficult (for politicians) to decide what other health programs should be cut in order to increase funding for mental health because of myriad vested interests.

Watching news stories all over the world and back I see similar difficulties arising. It is notably reminiscent of the Yes Minister issues that Sir Humphrey Appleby could put to his boss, therefore stymieing each time to him.

Only a week ago in South Australia a similar furore erupted. There, the government was brave (or hassled) enough to announce improved mental-health funding. The opposition was equally mean enough to need to understand what (more highly-valued) overall health programs were to be sacrificed for that increase. Browse the record here:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200...545360.htm

Now to make contact with Yes Minister, Jim Hacker in his beginning would have said But we must only account health needs according to the cost to the area, the individual and the carer. And that should be the minimum amount needed to revive the ill folks health so as to function in associations, at work and in the community. You wish!

The unfairness is apparent when respected reports state: Stigma is endemic in decision-making at the highest political levels. Final responsibility for mental health ser-vices lies with government leaders at State and Federal levels.

It is they who've guaranteed these services have had such a low-priority in policy-making and funding

The ratio of Australias health budget spent on mental health services is under 8-12. In comparable OECD countries, the proportion is 12% or maybe more. Challenge to Care, SANE Mental Health Report 2004 at http://www.sane.org/images/assets/Resear...04text.pdf

A report by Access Economics for SANE Australia in 2003 determined the expense of bipolar in Australia as being $16,000 on average annually for each sufferer. However spending is just $3,007 per person.

It gets worse. Visit wcax.com to discover where to see it. The report states this paltry $3,007 is even less than spending on the typical Australians healthcare, even though the burden of disease the pain, putting up with, disability and death is greater for bipolar disorder than for ovarian cancer, rheumatoid arthritis or HIV/AIDs, and similar to schizophrenia and melanoma.

And who makes up the deficiency? According to the record, around half (i.e. $8,000) of this expense is borne by individuals with the illness and their carers.

Mentally healthy public outnumber the mentally ill by a factor of 4 to 1. They desire their perfect teeth and subsidized gyms at the cost people stepping into hospital when we need it! But simply because they still see the actions of mental infection as perhaps not signs but as basic poor behavior, our health needs are viewed as less valuable than theirs, and financed appropriately.

Because of the Yes Minister aspect, I do believe we face a constant struggle persuading the politicians. They won't transfer until public opinion does, to say nothing of favors and kickbacks.

The 4 people in 5 who dont have a mental disease have some thing much worseprejudice. They're the people who need persuading that mental health deserves equitable funding.

Australians who want to get involved in dismantling stigma could get involved in SANE Australias StigmaWatch plan at http://sane.org/index.php?option=display...66&op=page

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You are able to read a synopsis of the Access Economics record Bipolar Disorder: costsan investigation of the responsibility of bipolar disorder and associated suicide in Australia, an Access Economics Report for SANE Australia 2003 at http://www.sane.org/images/assets/Resear...ts_es.pdf. Blog | Fruitsize7 is a offensive online database for more about the purpose of it.
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