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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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    The Mental Health Council of Australia (MHCA) has today called on businesses across the country to make mental health and wellbeing a priority for staff and management. “Australians spend a huge portion of their lives at work, so it’s very important to place a spotlight on mental health in the workplace,” said MHCA CEO Frank Quinlan.

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    The Mental Health Council of Australia (MHCA) has today released a Key Issues Brief containing key facts about people on the Disability Support Pension (DSP) to address a range of misconceptions in relation to mental illness. “Contrary to some recent commentary, DSP recipients with mental illness are most likely to be people who want to work, but due to stigma and discrimination, and a range of significant and debilitating conditions, can’t.”MHCA CEO Frank Quinlan said.

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    The MHCA was tonight encouraged to see the Commonwealth Government meet its pre-election commitments to mental health. “We welcome the expected funding commitment to youth mental health, Headspace, the Mental Health Nurse Incentive Programme, and the 12 month extension of funding to the Personal Helpers and Mentors Programme. “We are concerned about some of the measures, and the long term impact they may have on the mental wellbeing of the nation – especially young people. “During this period of substantial reform we must ensure that existing services are maintained or new services established, so that vulnerable people are not left without support while systemic change is implemented.

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    The roll-out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme should be focussed on getting it right, not getting it quickly says CEO of the Mental Health Council of Australia Frank Quinlan following his appearance this morning on the Sky News Saturday Agenda program.

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    The Mental Health Council of Australia (MHCA) today welcomed the appointment of former WA Mental Health Commissioner Eddie Bartnik to the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) as their new strategic advisor on mental health.

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    The Mental Health Council of Australia (MHCA) has today welcomed the release of Mindframe’s latest resource for media professionals and journalists for reporting suicide and mental illness. “Language can have a significant impact on how we think about an issue. We acknowledge that the language we use around mental health can impact people in a detrimental way. Casual misuse can actually act as a barrier to people seeking help, and impact their confidence in their recovery journey, ” Frank Quinlan, CEO of the MHCA said.

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    The Mental Health Council of Australia (MHCA) renewed its call for a new vision for the mental health sector following the release of ‘Crossroads’, a report commissioned by Reachout.com by Inspire Foundation. This new report highlights the fundamental failure of our current mental health system,” MHCA CEO Frank Quinlan said at the launch of the report this morning.

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