Addressing Australia's mental health

Addressing Australia's mental health

Jun 18
CEDA welcomes Brain and Mind Centre Co-Director, Professor Ian Hickie AM to outline priorities towards addressing mental health in Australia.


Professor Ian Hickie AM, Co-Director, Health and Policy, Brain and Mind Centre, University of Sydney

Event overview

Mental illness is widespread in Australia and has substantial impact at the personal, social and economic levels. One in seven Australians aged 16-85 experience depression and one quarter of Australians are likely to experience an anxiety condition in their lifetime. 

Addressing mental health issues represents one of our most urgent public health challenges. It is estimated that the spending on mental health related services in Australia from all sources (government and non-government) represents $9.1 billion.

CEDA welcomes Professor Ian Hickie AM to examine:

  • The state of mental health in Australia and its impact at home, in the community, and in the workplace;
  • Improving outcomes over access in mental health services; and
  • Shared government responsibility in mental health services and the public policy impact of rising mental health concerns.

Event presentations

Professor Ian Hickie AM, University of Sydney MP3 | PDF

Moderated discussion MP3

Delegate handout PDF

Meet the keynote speaker

Professor Ian Hickie AM
Co-Director, Health and Policy, Brain and Mind Centre, University of Sydney

Professor Ian Hickie is Co-Director, Health and Policy at The University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Centre. He is an NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow (2013-2017 and 2018-22), having previously been one of the inaugural NHMRC Australian Fellows (2008-12). He was an inaugural Commissioner on Australia’s National Mental Health Commission (2012-18) overseeing enhanced accountability for mental health reform and suicide prevention. He is an internationally renowned researcher in clinical psychiatry, with particular reference to medical aspects of common mood disorders, depression and bipolar disorder in young people, early intervention, use of new and emerging technologies and suicide prevention. In his role with the National Mental Health Commission, and his independent research, health system and advocacy roles, Professor Hickie has been at the forefront of the move to have mental health and suicide prevention integrated with other aspects of health care (notably chronic disease and ambulatory care management).

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