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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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    The Mental Health Council of Australia has today welcomed the Government’s support for a Productivity Commission Inquiry into the mental health system. The Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, the Hon Senator Jacinta Collins, made the announcement this morning at The Mental Health Services (TheMHS) Conference in Melbourne. The MHCA has been in discussions with the Government and the Coalition for some time about the terms of reference for a Productivity Commission Inquiry.

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    beyondblue and the Mental Health Council of Australia are stepping up their campaign to end practices in the Australian insurance industry that may discriminate against people with a mental illness. The organisations are urging more potential victims of discrimination to come forward, share their stories and participate in the move to redress this issue. beyondblue CEO Kate Carnell AO said Australians with an experience of mental illness are regularly denied insurance cover, forced to pay higher premiums or have their claim rejected because of their illness.

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    The Mental Health Council of Australia (MHCA) has today renewed calls for an immediate commitment to mental health reform by all sides of politics, following a complete lack of acknowledgement for the issue by party leaders during the current election campaign. “One in five Australians will experience mental illness this year. That means almost three million voters have an acute interest in this issue and demand an ongoing commitment for change from their potential leaders,” MHCA CEO Frank Quinlan said.

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    MHCA’s new publication calls on a whole of community response to mental health reform The Mental Health Council of Australia today called on the entire community to get behind mental health reform, now that it has dropped from the political election agenda.

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    The Mental Health Council of Australia (MHCA) has today welcomed the injection of $440,000 from the Gillard Government to help build the capacity of the mental health sector to transition to DisabilityCare Australia.

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    The Mental Health Council of Australia today welcomed the announcement of the first national whole-of-government suicide prevention strategy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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    A gathering of more than 140 experts from the mental health and community sectors are meeting on Tuesday 21 May (tomorrow) in Canberra to discuss the future of mental health reform in Australia. Hosted by the Mental Health Council of Australia and the National Mental Health Commission, the meeting will focus on outlining the NGO sector’s ambitions for improving the lives of people who experience mental illness, and their carers, over the next 10-20 years.

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