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    Today is World Mental Health Day, providing an opportunity for us to focus as a nation on an issue that affects us all. “With one in five Australians experiencing a mental illness in the next 12 months, mental health is an issue we all must take seriously,” Mental Health Australia CEO Frank Quinlan said.

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    Mental Health Australia is calling on the Australian Government to lead a decade-long, systemic reform program for mental health, following the outcome of the National Mental Health Commission’s Review into Mental Health Services and Programmes. The call comes as the peak body released a seven point plan to reform Australia’s mental health system.

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    To mark World Mental Health Day, sector peak Mental Health Australia is running their ‘Mental Health Begins with Me!’ campaign, encouraging people to take personal ownership of their own mental health and wellbeing.

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    Letter to President of the Royal Agricultural Society of WA from the CEO of Mental Health Australia, Frank Quinlan, regarding the Bethlem Sanatorium display at the Perth Royal Show

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    Systemic reform of the mental health system is the best way to prevent suicide, according to Mental Health Australia. Today is World Suicide Prevention Day, highlighting the need for governments and the community to change the way we deal with mental illness. “Suicide can be prevented - but the current mental health system needs to be refashioned to prioritise prevention and to provide an immediate and appropriate response for those in crisis, ” Mental Health Australia CEO, Frank Quinlan said

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    Mental Health Australia has called for a complete rethink of the way the welfare system treats people with psychosocial disabilities associated with mental illness. Responding to the Interim Report from the current Review of Australia’s Welfare System, Mental Health Australia has rejected the Review’s proposal that the Disability Support Pension be provided only to people who have ‘a permanent disability with no capacity to work’. “Why would we re-build a system that is based on people continuously proving how sick they are, rather than a system focussed on assisting people to fully realise their potential?” Mental Health Australia CEO Frank Quinlan said.

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    Mental Health Australia has today welcomed the Australian Medical Association’s (AMA) proposal that people treated under mental illness Medicare items be exempted from GP co payments.

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    The Mental Health Council of Australia (MHCA) has today launched its new name – Mental Health Australia. “Mental Health Australia more accurately reflects our role and function as the national peak for mental health in this country,” Mental Health Australia CEO Frank Quinlan said.

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    The Mental Health Council of Australia (MHCA) has today applauded the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) for leading a national discussion on mental health, following the announcement of their ‘Mental As’ campaign.

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    The Mental Health Council of Australia (MHCA) has today called for a decade of systemic reform of Australia’s mental health system, as it released its third submission to the National Mental Health Commission’s Review of Mental Health Services and Programs. “For too long Australia has had a substandard mental health ‘system’. Services and systems are poorly integrated, overseen by different parts of government, based on widely differing organising principles, and not working towards a common goal for improved outcomes,” MHCA CEO Frank Quinlan said.

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