Using economics to reform Australia's mental health system

Dr Stephen King

Next FH Gruen lecture

Dr. Stephen King

Using economics to reform Australia's mental health system.

Tuesday 17th November 2020 5.30pm–7pm

Mental health is a major wellness and economic issue for Australia, with around half of all people experiencing concerns in that space. The annual economic cost of mental health and related illnesses is about A$50 billion, and when accounting for the additional loss of quality of life, the cost is equivalent to approximately 10 per cent of Australia's GDP .

Join us to hear about the Productivity Commission’s final report of its inquiry into Australia's mental-health system, which was presented to the Federal Government in June 2020. In this presentation, Dr Stephen King, one of the Commissioners on the inquiry, will outline the Commission's approach and the framework required to reform Australia's mental-health system.

Stephen King is a Commissioner at the Australian Productivity Commission, the Australian Government's review and advisory body on microeconomic policy, regulation and other social and environmental issues. He presided on the Commission's recent review of Australia's mental-health system. Stephen is an adjunct professor at Monash University, a member of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and a Lay Member of the High Court of New Zealand. He has a PhD in economics from Harvard University. He has published widely in leading economics journals and was also Member of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission from 2004–09, where he chaired the mergers review committee. He is currently the visiting Gruen Chair holder at the Research School of Economics, ANU.

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