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    The Mental Health Council of Australia (MHCA) has today welcomed the release of the Terms of Reference for the National Mental Health Commission’s review into the mental health system in Australia. “There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that the mental health system in Australia is in need of reform. We will focus on ensuring the review has tangible and useful evidence from across the sector, so that the final report leads to real and lasting change,” MHCA CEO Frank Quinlan said today.

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    Frank Quinlan, CEO of the MHCA, talks with Fran Kelly, ABC Radio National about the questions remaining about how mental health services will be integrated into the NDIS.

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    The Mental Health Council of Australia (MHCA) is calling on governments across Australia to commit to real and meaningful reform of mental health programs and services, following today’s release of the 2nd annual independent report by the National Mental Health Commission.

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    MHCA Chair, Jennifer Westacott, delivers the Grace Groom Memorial Oration for 2013 at the National Press Club as part of Mental Health Week.

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    A number of high profile Australians are getting behind World Mental Health Day this year, with celebrities, business people, politicians, sporting stars and organisations making a personal mental health promise.

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    Grace Groom Memorial Oration 9 October 2013 and World Mental Health Day Doorstop 10 October 2013

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    According to new research by the Mental Health Council of Australia (MHCA), four out of ten Australians who use mental health services are very satisfied with them.

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    More than one in five Australians have experienced discrimination in the workplace due to mental illness, according to new research by the Mental Health Council of Australia (MHCA). The research has been conducted as part of this year’s World Mental Health Day campaign. “When 22% of people surveyed tell us that they have witnessed discrimination in the workplace, relating to mental illness, it shows that we have a serious problem with stigma in this country,” MHCA CEO Frank Quinlan said today.

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    The Mental Health Council of Australia (MHCA) welcomed the major parties’ mental health policy announcements, which both highlight the reform challenge that lies ahead. “The announcement of significant inquiries into mental health gives us some hope that lasting reform can be achieved,” MHCA CEO Mr Frank Quinlan said. “The mental health system is broken. While it needs more funding, it also needs substantial reform. We hope that a root and branch review will bring order to the chaotic system that we currently have.”

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    The Mental Health Council of Australia (MHCA) has today welcomed the mental health policy launch from the Australian Greens, using the occasion to ask why the other major parties have been silent on mental health during this election campaign. “Despite there being almost three million registered voters who will experience mental illness this year, the ALP and the Coalition are yet to release any significant mental health policy,” MHCA CEO Frank Quinlan said today.

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