CEO Update from Mental Health Australia: The building blocks of mental health and wellbeing

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The building blocks of mental health and wellbeing

This week, results from research published by the University of Sydney’s Matilda Centre, in collaboration with Australia’s Mental Health Think Tank, reinforced the approach Mental Health Australia took to the election: that every election issue is a mental health issue.

We know that the pandemic has both exacerbated mental ill health and highlighted the urgent need for mental health system reform. But the much needed reform has been a long time coming – and is yet to arrive.

While the Alone Together Study surveyed Australians on their mental health experiences during the pandemic, it showed that mental health care is also impacted by multiple factors, including access to social support, employment and affordable housing.

Further, the study confirmed that the pandemic has placed additional pressures on our already over-burdened mental health system, leaving many without affordable, timely, or appropriate treatment and support.

This research demonstrates just how intrinsically mental health and wellbeing is shaped by the social, economic, and physical environments in which we live. What this means is, actions to improve Australia’s mental health system must take these factors into consideration – and be universal, across the whole of Australian society.

An effective, integrated system of community-focused mental health treatment and support requires strong integration with sectors aimed at addressing the social determinants of mental health. Prior to the 2022 election, Mental Health Australia in collaboration with our members, conducted an analysis of the yet-to-be-implemented actions from the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Mental Health Final Report, and prioritised five social determinants of mental health that would provide real impact for Australians if acted upon now.  

Since the announcement of the full Albanese-Labor Ministry, we have written to the new Ministers of these portfolios with recommendations on how to drive cross-portfolio activity to address the social determinants of mental health. These are outlined in our Government Briefing, which is available on our website.

The 2022 Federal Election result demonstrates that Australians want and are ready for change, want a government that governs, and one that listens and then acts. Mental Health Australia is and will continue to engage with all representatives within, outside of, and across government and portfolios to ensure sector needs are heard and reform is carried out with a coordinated approach. 

We know that for the mental health of all Australians to flourish, we need a long-term, whole-a-government commitment to drive change. Reform within the mental health sector is critical, yes – but it must be in concert with all the social determinants of mental health and the policies that frame them.  



My Diary Next week

On Tuesday, I have a regular meeting with the Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ruth Vine.

On Wednesday, I have a Seminar “Understanding Early Trauma” with Tweddle Child and Family Centre Centre – this event celebrates Infant Mental Health Awareness Week. Later in the day I am meeting with Professor Dan Lubman from Turning Point.

On Thursday, we have an All Staff Planning Day.

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FECCA is a key Alliance partner for the Embrace Multicultural Mental Health Project and we’re proud to have had the opportunity to get on board as an exhibiter of FECCA 2022 - Advancing Multicultural Australia.

As the premier conference on multiculturalism, diversity & inclusion, and migration, we’re excited for learnings from a fantastic line up of speakers and sessions. 

Come along and visit the Embrace Project exhibition booth (15) to learn more about the Project’s activities, the Framework and take away some excellent resources and goodies!

Ruth Das (National Project Manager- Partnerships and Engagement) from the Embrace Project will also be presenting on Thursday 17 June from 2:00pm – 3:15pm on Engagement Best Practice.

Get your tickets to FECCA 2022

Mental Health Careers

Support Coordinator

Care Coordination Consultancy are seeking a Support Coordinator with mental health experience lived and or learnt. This person must excel in administration and have the maturity and confidence to lead discussions and navigate relationships across all levels of leadership.

Support Coordination is required to implement, monitor and review a Participant’s NDIS plan and consider the funding availability for the adequate supports to continue.

Please email for the job description if you are interested in exploring this opportunity further.


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Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia is the national lead organisation supporting and representing expecting and new parents and their families across Australia to understand and recover from perinatal anxiety and depression, a serious and potentially devastating illness that affects around 100,000 Australian families every year.

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Emerging Minds develops mental health policy, services, interventions, training, programs and resources in response to the needs of professionals, children and their families. We partner with family members, national and international organisations to implement evidence-based practice into the Australian context.  


Mental Health News

Beyond Blue supports moves towards suicide aftercare around Australia

The reporting of suicide and self-harm statistics and information on the AIHW website represents one part of the National Suicide and Self-harm Monitoring Project. The Suicide and self-harm monitoring website includes interactive data visualisations and geospatial mapping to illustrate and explore the statistics as well as text to assist with their interpretation and clarification of the limitations of the data.

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New release from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare: Suicide & self-harm monitoring update

The reporting of suicide and self-harm statistics and information on the AIHW website represents one part of the National Suicide and Self-harm Monitoring Project. The Suicide and self-harm monitoring website includes interactive data visualisations and geospatial mapping to illustrate and explore the statistics as well as text to assist with their interpretation and clarification of the limitations of the data.

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New release from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare: Health of veterans

The Health of veterans web report draws together already published material on topical health issues among Australia’s veterans, using updated sources of administrative and survey data as well as data linkage where possible. The report aims to provide a comprehensive health profile of Australia’s veterans, including comparisons to the wider Australian population where appropriate.

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New release from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare: Specialist homelessness services client pathways: analysis insights

The AIHW Specialist Homelessness Services Collection includes information about clients receiving homelessness services support from 1 July 2011 onwards. These data have been analysed to examine service usage patterns and demographics for specific cohorts

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Further progress on Tasmania’s first wellbeing framework

Premier and Minister for Mental Health and Wellbeing, Jeremy Rockliff, says Tasmania’s first Wellbeing Framework will take another important step forward, with community consultation to commence in early July 2022. The consultation will follow the release of a discussion paper currently being prepared with input from the University of Tasmania, with community roundtables to be held across the State that Tasmanians can register their interest in attending via the Tasmanian Department of Premier and Cabinet website.

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COVID-19 Booster dose recommendation for eligible 12-15 year old children

Minister for Health and Aged Care, Mark Butler, says people aged 12 to 15 who are at most at risk of severe disease are recommended to receive a COVID-19 booster vaccination from 14 June 2022. To be eligible for a booster dose, the children must have completed a primary course of vaccination 3 or more months ago, and meet one or more of these criteria: be severely immunocompromised, have a disability with significant or complex health needs, have complex and/or multiple health conditions that increase the risk of severe COVID-19. 

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Advocates demand changes to NDIS

21 disability advocacy organisations from across the country have united to call for change in a recently released report about the experiences of people with disability who are frequently forced to appeal decisions made by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). The report seeks to highlight the unjust dynamic people with disability experience opposite the NDIA at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. 

Read the report

NDIA Board Announcement

The Board of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has announced that it has accepted, with regret, the resignation of CEO Mr Martin Hoffman, effective 2 July 2022. Mr Hoffman commenced as CEO in November 2019. Dr Denis Napthine AO, Chair of the NDIS Board, commended Mr Hoffman for his stewardship of the Scheme through such an important stage of its evolution.

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Hearing to examine education pathways for children and young people with disability

Public hearing 24 will commence on Monday 6 June in Canberra for five days. The hearing will examine the experiences of children and young people in different primary and high school education settings, including what are commonly referred as special schools with a focus on Western Australia and South Australia. The Royal Commission will hear evidence about the pathways provided by different education settings from early childhood through to high school and transitions to life after school. Witnesses will share their experiences of battling to ensure their children received a quality education and the same opportunities as their siblings without disability. 

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Mental Health Opportunities and Resources

The 16th National Rural Health Conference will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on 2–4 August 2022.

The full program for the 16th National Rural Health Conference is now available online. The program includes details of keynote, invited and concurrent speakers. Keynote speakers now include well-known journalist and author Stan Grant.

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LifeBuoy app for suicidal thoughts in young people

Black Dog Institute are inviting young people aged between 17-24 who have experienced suicidal thoughts in the past month to test an app designed to reduce their occurrence.

Find out more and apply

Kimberley community safety grants now open

Round one of the McGowan Government’s Kimberley Community Action Fund (KCAF) Grants program is now open, supporting regional communities, businesses and organisations to invest in community safety and youth engagement projects. 

Find out more and apply

Nationwide ED opportunity – IgnitED

The IgnitED Fund offers grants of up to $25,000 for the development of the testing of innovative scientific solutions that have the potential to positively impact the health and social and emotional wellbeing of people with eating disorders and/or their loved ones.

IgnitED is an opportunity for those who are living with or have a lived experience of an eating disorder to be part of an important co-design team – to have lived experience-led ideas acknowledged and developed from the ground up to enable positive and improved impact on the lives of others affected by an eating disorder, their loved ones, supports and community.

Find out more and apply

BEING Connected

BEING – Mental Health Consumers is pleased to invite peer workers across NSW to join our inaugural peer worker professional development and networking event: BEING Connected.

Held over two days  – Monday 27 & Tuesday 28 June 2022, at the Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park – this event provides an opportunity for NSW peer workers to learn about professional development and the benefits of connecting with peers. 

There will be multiple guest speakers from throughout the mental health and suicide prevention sectors, including NSW Mental Health Commissioner Catherine Lourey and former NSW Mental Health Commissioner John Feneley (plus more to be announced).

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National Suicide Prevention Conference 2023

Suicide Prevention Australia’s National Suicide Prevention Conference 2023 will be held over 1-4 May in Canberra. This event provides a gateway to unite suicide prevention experts to showcase evidence-based solutions and robust discussion, focused on solutions for saving lives.

Find out more and register 


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