Obsessive Hope Disorder - Summary Report (PDF)

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Obsessive Hope Disorder - Summary Report (PDF)

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Obsessive Hope Disorder - Summary Report

These reports examine mental health reform in Australia since the Richmond report and Inquiry into Health Services for the Psychiatrically Ill and Developmentally Disabled in 1983, and the report by the then human rights commissioner Brian Burdekin in 1993.

Although there have been dozens of inquiries, reports, plans, policies and strategies since 1983, some national, some by the states and territories, this Report asks “How different things really are from when they were originally reported by Richmond a generation ago?”

Obsessive Hope Disorder is a must read for policy makers, politicians and mental health workers as it provides many useful insights into how an improved system might be fashioned and recommends many of the steps needed to achieve an effective national approach. 

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Summary Report

Mental health services have had a long and controversial history in Australia.  This Report, Obsessive Hope Disorder, sets out to document aspects of the journey of reform since David Richmond’s report.  It provides an assessment of where we are now on that reform journey.  Finally, it sets out a better way to go about reform from this point.