31 Jan 2024

First-ever Mental Health Minister Matt Doocey outlines his priorities

From Nine To Noon, 9:05 am on 31 January 2024
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Photo: Dom Thomas

Matt Doocey is the country's first ever Mental Health Minister.

The National MP also has lived experience of anxiety and depression as a younger man, who went on to train and work in the sector both here and in the UK.

He takes on the portfolio as demand for mental health services continue to grow, our youth suicide rate is the second worst in the developed world, and access to care for many is very limited.

Couple this with a sector crying out for workforce: psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, counsellors and just about every other category of allied staff.

And yet, since 2019, the previous government had poured $2 billion dollars into mental healthcare.

So how is the new Minister going to tackle the myriad of challenges before him?