Today we’re bringing you the second episode of a special series with our chief economist Richard Denniss and special guests, based on Richard’s new book BIG: The Role of the State in the Modern Economy. Where we talk about the shape of the economy, not just the size of it. In this episode we ask what would Australia look like if we reformed our mental health care system and funded it properly? Our special guest is Professor Ian Hickie, Co-Director of the Brain and Mind Centre at the University of Sydney. Professor Hickie was an inaugural Commissioner on Australia’s National Mental Health Commission and is a well-known mental health advocate. He was in conversation with Chief Economist at the Australia Institute, Richard Denniss.
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This episode was recorded on Tuesday 8 March 2022 and things may have changed since recording.
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Host: Ebony Bennett, Deputy Director at the Australia Institute // @ebony_bennett
Richard Denniss, Chief Economist The Australia Institute // @RDNS_TAI
Professor Ian Hickie, Co-Director of the Brain and Mind Centre at the University of Sydney // @ian_hickie
Producer: Jennifer Macey //@jennifermacey with additional editing from Louise Osbourne
Theme Music: Pulse and Thrum; additional music by Blue Dot Sessions
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