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In the Australian Early Psychosis Research Network, Professor Patrick McGorry wrote that early intervention strategies for those with potentially serious mental health disorders are increasingly useful.
"By shifting the focus of the health sector to intervention during the early and less specific stages of mental disorders, substantial conceptual and practical progress has been made", said McGorry.
McGorry continues by pointing out that early intervention has demonstrated the potential to reduce effects of mental illness on age-specific issues and to improve social and economic participation and productivity.
The writing was, in part, to support and laud work by the Australian government, which has plans to expand early psychosis programs and research. The professor cautions that research is also needed to find which interventions are effective and cost-effective.
"Federal government reform and investment gives Australia a unique competitive advantage in this. We do not intend to let this opportunity pass."
Professor McGorry's letter can be read here.
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