Towards Innovation and a Partnership Future for Mental Health Nursing

  This year's announcement of psychiatrist Professor Patrick McGorry as Australian of the Year has brought mental health into the spotlight.  In a public sense, the award represents a significant acknowledgement of mental health as a growing national concern. After all, 30 per cent of the Australian population experience a mental health problem at any given time. With this in mind, it is important to realise that as few as one-third of them receive adequate treatment.  Those treatment figures drop to 25 per cent for young people and just 12 per cent for young males in rural and remote areas.