Members Policy Forum and Council of Non-Government Organisations on Mental Health

20 May 2013 - 12:00am to 21 May 2013 - 12:00am

Members Policy Forum

The Mental Health Council of Australia invites all full members to our upcoming Members Policy Forum on 20 May, 2013 in Canberra. In an election year at the Federal level, and following COAG’s recent decisions regarding the progress of national mental health reform, the Forum is an important opportunity to discuss the sector’s priorities in a range of areas.

The Forum will hear presentations and updates from people involved in a number of key initiatives, including the National Disability Insurance Scheme. It will also consider the outcomes of the MHCA’s State Consultation Workshops, to be conducted throughout April.

The MHCA would also like to take this opportunity to gather your feedback on the MHCA’s strategic direction over the next five years. In addition, we hope to identify key priorities for the MHCA to pursue in its advocacy work over the coming 12 months.

A detailed agenda will be made available closer to the Forum.

Council of Non-Government Organisations on Mental Health

The MHCA and the National Mental Health Commission will be co-hosting a second meeting of the Council of Non-Government Organisations on Mental Health (CONGO) in Canberra on 21 May 2013 for members and stakeholdersto progress the development of appropriate and meaningful mental health indicators and targets at the national level.

If you attended the inaugural CONGO meeting in October 2012, you will know that there is great willingness across the non-government mental health and social services sectors to work together on shared problems. At the first meeting, it was also clear that setting clear targets for change at the national level was a shared priority. You can view the Communique from that meeting here.

At the second CONGO meeting, we hope to gather your views on which national indicators and targets would show whether governments and service providers are making a genuine difference in the lives of people with mental health difficulties. We will also be inviting several academics and thought leaders to contribute.

We hope you can join us for this important meeting.