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Over two in five Australians aged 16-85 years (43.7% or 8.6 million people) had experienced a mental disorder at some time in their life. Factor in the mental health impacts of COVID-19 and these statistics become even more unsettling.
Australia’s mental health system is under increasing pressure, and the implications for Australia’s economy and productivity are far-reaching.
Good mental health means that you can cope with the normal stresses of life, work and study productively, feel connected to others, and are able to be involved in activities in your community. And what is urgently needed is a more connected and integrated system that improves the experience of people seeking care, accompanied by data and evidence to support the mental health system’s ongoing improvement.
The benefits of mental health reform could amount to more than $19 billion annually - a substantial sum considering that mental ill-health is costing Australia $43-$70 billion a year.
Developing a sustainable mental health system will require a practical, evidence-based and digitally-enabled approach with a regional lens. At PwC, our people recognise the complexity of implementing a population-based care model that enables better provision of 'the right care in the right place at the right time' for all Australians. We work in partnership with policy makers, service providers and consumers to try and bridge these challenges, helping to co-design and integrate more effective ways to achieve the outcomes desired.
PwC knows that mental health exists on a continuum. If we want to protect our prosperity and our well-being, we need to be bold and innovative.
It takes a 21st-century approach to do this and requires solutions that leverage the strength of digital technology balanced against the need for true social connection and support.
Our integrated offering blends people and culture, D&I, Wellbeing, strategy, economics and policy, service planning, change management, data analytics, infrastructure and technology experts to deliver well-received and impactful solutions around mental health.
At PwC, we are committed to "walking the talk". We are recognised as a Gold Level employer in Mental Health First Aid Australia's Skilled Workplace Program, with our people trained in recognising the signs, starting conversations about mental wellbeing and able to articulate support pathways.
We have appointed a Mental Health Impact Board and are working on the platforms and assistance we provide our people to ensure they have evidence-based tools to seek help, and we're investing in mental health literacy training. Importantly, we're sharing stories to reduce stigma in the workplace.
Driven by our purpose to build trust in society and solve important problems, PwC is committed to helping grow Australia’s mental health. Drawing on our deep expertise in strategy and consulting, we are helping businesses, schools and universities build mental health.
We are working to digitally transform the way mental health and wellbeing services are delivered across Australia. We collaborated with the Brain and Mind Centre at Sydney University to launch Innowell - a tool which uses technology to help people get more timely access to clinical care, provides transparency around their mental health assessment, and provides valuable data to clinicians. The platform is evidence based, clinically validated and provides comprehensive, person-centrered digital tools to support the end to end management of mental health and fitness. Innowell has been successfully introduced across PwC Australia, giving employees access to personalised content tailored activities to help improve mental and physical fitness.
PwC is also proud to be a Founding Participant of the Corporate Mental Health Alliance Australia (CMHAA), a business-led, expert-guided alliance of 15 of Australia’s largest employers, united in our mission to create mentally healthy workplaces for our people.