State and territory governments provide hospital, emergency and community mental health services. They are also responsible for a range of other services that support mental health including community support, housing, drug and alcohol, education and early childhood services. Many of these services are provided through partnerships with organisations that offer support and education for people with mental illness.
Medicare pays for all or part of the cost of people seeing doctors, psychiatrists and, in some cases, psychologists and other allied health providers. The Medicare system allows access to some of these payments. Some programs provide low cost or free mental health treatment. The Australian Government is also responsible for employment services and income support for people with psychiatric disabilities.
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Last reviewed: July 2019