Prof. Patrick McGorry has provided the Schizophrenia Research Forum (SRF) with some feedback and comments on the APA’s recent announcement regarding the placement of attenuated psychosis syndrome in the appendix rather than the main body of the DSM-5.
In response to an article in the Sydney Morning Herald earlier in the week, Orygen Youth Health replied with the following:
Mental healthcare in Australia is not properly engineered in relation to the scale of the problem or the pattern of disease onset across the lifespan.
The number one roadblock to better care is the failure to integrate the community component of state-funded care with primary care structures, preferring to link it with inpatient and hospital-based services.
While there is relief in some quarters that mental health has at first glance does not appear to have been cut in this budget, there are three areas of concern.
Better Access is one of the most valuable and effective steps in mental health reform in Australia in recent times. It has enabled large numbers of people to gain access for the first time to mental healthcare at the level of frontline primary care and to reduce the over-reliance on medication alone as the only practical strategy for GPs as first-line therapy.
In most branches of medical care, diagnosis is universally valued by patients and health care professionals as a critical step in providing appropriate treatment, predicting the future course of the illness and enabling patients and families to access key information and to realise they are not alone.