The three questions we will ask at our Parliamentary Advocacy Day next Tuesday
Asking for three things… that’s what we plan to do next Tuesday when Mental Health Australia Members and delegates descend on Parliament House for the 2018 Parliamentary Advocacy Day.
Three things to expand and reorient mental health reform, all with the overarching principles of consumer and carer engagement and co-design.
Three things that the entire sector can support, advocate for, and demonstrate with evidence as we head towards a Federal Election and the Productivity Commission Inquiry into role of mental health in the Australian economy.
Three things to ask for… and the timing of this year’s Parliamentary Advocacy Day couldn’t be better.
Meeting with the Minister for Health the Hon Greg Hunt MP, Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, Minister for Families and Social Services Paul Fletcher, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, Shadow Minister for Mental Health Julie Collins, and many more MPs and Senators is the perfect opportunity to set the agenda for mental health reform ahead of a Federal Election next year.
The perfect opportunity to ask our three questions.
Firstly, we will be asking the major parties to prepare standalone mental health policies as part of their 2019 election platforms and we will assess these policies ahead of the election. We are not looking for a glad bag of random funding announcements. We are looking for major parties to articulate their plans for systematically increasing investment in mental health services and programs over the coming decade, along with plans to address the social determinants of mental health.
Secondly, we will be asking for urgent commitments to address the major gaps that are opening up in psychosocial support and community based mental health as the NDIS is rolled out, and as related programs are being wound back. As we know, nearly 800,000 Australians report experiencing serious mental illness each year. Estimates suggest some 300,000 would benefit from individualised supports. However, only 64,000 will receive supports through the NDIS. The current investments in ‘continuity of support’, new psychosocial support measures, and state-based community mental health, are inadequate to meet this demand. This issue continues to require urgent attention from policy- makers.
Thirdly, rather than waiting for the Productivity Commission's report in 18 months’ time, we will be asking for continued investment in programs and services that are supported by evidence. The KPMG and Mental Health Australia Report ‘Investing to Save’
provides an excellent starting point for this investment, with well documented initiatives - supported by the very best international evidence - with enormous potential to provide substantial return on investment to governments and the community.
So in summary, and potentially, as preparation for politicians and staffers that may even read this email, here are our three asks to take to the Parliamentary Advocacy Day next Tuesday.
Three things, that’s all we ask.
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