Julia Gillard has brought attention to the economic and personal costs of mental health conditions at an annual conference examining key concerns impacting Australia. Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard has spoken out about the deep impact mental health is having on the workforce at an annual awareness-raising conference in Canberra. The Beyond Blue chair used her address to the CEDA’s State of the Nation Summit on Thursday to highlight the economic and personal costs of these illnesses. "Eight million working days are lost due to mental ill-health in Australia each year,” Ms Gillard, who has become a stauch advocate for mental health awareness, told the conference in Canberra. " Poor mental health imposes costs estimated at $60 billion annually on individuals and their families, workplaces, [and] the health and welfare systems.” Former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Ms Gillard’s address came as a Health of the Nation report published […]