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The report also says there is evidence that “far too many people” suffer worse mental and physical health because of the treatment that they receive “or are condemned to ongoing cycles of avoidable treatment and medications, including avoidable involuntary seclusion and restraint”.

Programs, it notes, are not set up to promote early intervention, and people need to inflict serious physical harm to gain access to support.

Australia is ranked second in OECD for anti-depressant consumption, while use of anti-psychotics had more than doubled.

The review raises concerns about a “missing middle” of people who fall through the gap between GP and hospital care.

Sophie Scott, Lucy Barbour and Alison Branley

via Mental Health Review Published Online in Full, Recommends Moving Funding from Hospitals to Community Health by Sophie Scott, Lucy Barbour and Alison Branley