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article / 01 Dec 2015

Mental Health Blueprint: Promoting technology to close treatment gap for mental issues in Australia

International Business Times

International Business Times

The Turnbull government has recently announced its support for the innovative digital mental health technologies under Australia’s new Mental Health Blueprint. The blueprint recognises the potential contribution of technology to improve the lives of people with mental health problems and reduce the treatment gap in the country.

Estimates show that over 3.6 million people experience mental ill-health every year. However, only 35 per cent of Australians diagnosed with a mental illness are capable to access necessary health services for their condition, indicating a significant treatment gap for mental illnesses in the country, the health-tech company, Healthshare, said.

Therefore, the Australian government sees the significant benefit from using online mental health interventions. Healthshare believes that digital services could help people suffering from depression and anxiety as effective as face-to-face sessions.

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