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The Victorian government has pledged to adopt all recommendations made in the interim report of the state’s mental health royal commission. From shutterstock.com

To really fix Victoria’s mental health system, we’ll need to bridge the state/Commonwealth divide

The interim report of Victoria's mental health royal commission makes some worthwhile recommendations. But if we want to see broad-reaching system change, the state can't do it alone.
Every state bears the burden of the opioid crisis. Digital Deliverance/Shutterstock.com

Opioid epidemic may have cost states at least $130 billion in treatment and related expenses – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg

State governments are leading the charge against opioid makers over their role in the epidemic. A team of researchers at Penn State examined just how much the crisis has cost them.

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