Central Council

Economics of Mental Health

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Mental health is one of the major challenges facing Australia, but one which has so far been neglected by economists.  In this session we would like to move beyond existing studies of the impact of mental health problems on the economy to consider incentive structures for participants in the mental health system, and how they can be improved.  Well informed investments in improving incentives may have a bigger payoff for those who struggle with mental illness than investments in new medical facilities.


Chair                  Professor Paul Oslington, Alphacrucis College, Sydney. Introduction

Keynote              Professor Allan Fels, Mental Health Commission and University of Melbourne

Respondent         Professor Deborah Cobb-Clark, University of Sydney 

Respondent         Dr Jeremy Sammut, Centre for Independent Studies

Respondent         Frank Quinlan, Mental Health Australia

Respondent         Professor Richard Freeman, Harvard University

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