CEO Update: “There is so much we can do for people who have mental ill health.”

“There is so much we can do for people who have mental ill health.”

“There is so much we can do for people who have mental ill health” were the words straight from Productivity Commissioner Dr Stephen King to close our video webinar on Wednesday, and in my mind it signified the passing of the ball to us, the mental health ecosystem, to advocate with and for the findings from the Productivity Commission Report into Mental Health. 

Advocacy that will take time, and a unified approach, just like the diligence we’ve seen go into this once in a generation report.

For the last two years Stephen, Julie Abramson, Harvey Whiteford and the team at the Productivity Commission have been pulling together the biggest report in the 22 year history of the independent authority. 

To know that this mental health inquiry undertook wider consultation and received the huge number of submissions they did, is a testament to the passion and precision with which this task has been performed, but is also an acknowledgment of the scope, scale and complexity of the brief. 

And it was never going to be brief.

While some of us may have hoped for sweeping reform and overnight solutions, we also knew, and still know, that it’s not that straightforward. 

There is no simple fix but this report helps to steer us in the right direction and ultimately does so by outlining the priorities that need to be addressed, priorities that they advise will save governments money, but also improve people’s access to the right care at the right time, and improve their experience of care.

For me the narrative throughout the report is the continual emphasis on consumer and carer engagement and co-design, and this has to be the lens through which we start to synthesise and act on the priorities and reform that must follow. 

We welcome the recommendation that Mental Health Australia take a leadership role in supporting the development of consumer and carer peaks who will be best placed to drive engagement at all levels, from national governance to an individual building a positive partnership with their service providers so that they are supported to meet their own personal goals.

And we look forward to working with our members, stakeholders and the sector to maximise the potential of this report, and seeing recommendations turned into lasting actions and reform to improve the mental health of all Australians. 

Click here for our first brief analysis of the Productivity Commission Report into Mental Health or see attached, and after what has been a busy week of reading for many of us I’m sure, have a good weekend.

Leanne Beagley

Reminder: Mental Health Australia Annual General Meeting

Reminder that the Annual General Meeting of Mental Health Australia Ltd will be held on Thursday 10 December 2020 at 2.30pm (AEDST). Due to extraordinary circumstances presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, and for the continued safety of everyone in our community, this meeting will be held virtually using Redback webinar.  A link to the virtual AGM will be sent to all registered members prior to the meeting.

Invitation to the 2020 Grace Groom Memorial Oration with Dr Brendan Murphy - via video webinar

Mental Health Australia is pleased to invite you to the 2020 Grace Groom Memorial Oration to be delivered by Dr Brendan Murphy, Secretary of the Department of Health and former Chief Medical Officer for the Australian Government.

The oration will take place at 3:00pm AEDT on Thursday 10 December, preceded by the Mental Health Australia Annual General Meeting at 2:30pm AEDTTo register for either or both events, please email



On Monday I will be meeting with the Mental Health and Wellness team at Zurich.

On Tuesday I will be touching base with Professor Michael Kidd, Deputy Chief Medical Officer.

Wednesday brings roundtable workshops supporting Vision 2030 and on Thursday a meeting with Nicki Bath from the National LGBTI Health Alliance, and later with leaders at the Parent‐Infant Research Institute.

On Friday we have the Continuity of Care webinar and then a Taskforce meeting for the  National Mental Health Workforce Strategy.


Embrace Multicultural Mental Health News

The Framework for Mental Health in Multicultural Australia (the Framework) is a free, nationally available online resource which allows organisations and individual practitioners to evaluate and enhance their cultural responsiveness. It has been mapped against national standards to help you meet your existing requirements, with access to a wide range of support and resources. 


Mental Health News

Australia’s mental health: We would all benefit from an improved mental health system

Productivity Commission report: Mental ill-health affects all Australians either directly or indirectly. Almost one in five Australians has experienced mental illness in a given year. Many do not receive the treatment and support they need. As a result, too many people experience preventable physical and mental distress, disruptions in education and employment, relationship breakdown, stigma, and loss of life satisfaction and opportunities. Reform of the mental health system would produce large benefits. These are mainly improvements in people’s quality of life - valued at up to $18 billion annually.

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Productivity Commission Inquiry into Mental Health report a welcome step forward for mental health consumers and carers

The National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum (NMHCCF) has welcomed the release of the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Mental Health report as an important step forward for mental health consumers and carers.

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Productivity Commission acknowledges need for more recognition and support for mental health carers

Carers Australia welcomes the long-awaited release of the Productivity Commission’s final report from its Mental Health Inquiry, and its range of recommendations to improve supports available to family and friend carers. 

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Mental health report needs action now

The Consumers Health Forum supports the final report of the Productivity Commission on Mental Health and urges governments to implement the findings as a comprehensive package.

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National LGBTI Health Alliance media statement

The National LGBTI Health Alliance (the Alliance) welcomes the release of Private Lives 3 National Report, the third iteration of the Privates Lives surveys conducted by the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS) at La Trobe University. 

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$6 million to help communities tackle suicide

The NSW Government is investing $6 million over three years as part of the 2020-21 NSW Budget to establish 12 Community Wellbeing Collaboratives in communities at high risk of suicide. 

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Young people launch initiative to shatter mental health stigma and make the invisible visible

headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation has this week launched a community-wide initiative founded on alarming new research that reveals three quarters of young Australians (74%) believe there is stigma around mental illness.

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$133.5 million for child, youth and perinatal mental health

The Morrison Government has this week announced an investment of $133.5 million to support child, youth and perinatal mental health programs. 

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Record $2.4 billion investment for mental health services across NSW

The NSW Government will invest a record $2.4 billion into mental health services this year to continue to support people across the State as part of the 2020-21 NSW Budget.

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New campaign to tackle workplace mental health emergency

A new initiative has this week been launched to encourage action on workplace mental health to respond to the increasing rates of mental injuries in the workplace. 

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The Danny Frawley Centre

Just over a year since the death of St Kilda Football Club great, Danny Frawley, the Morrison Government is supporting his vision to deliver a world class community health and wellbeing hub at the club’s headquarters at Moorabbin.

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Update on NDIS coronavirus supports in South Australia

Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Stuart Robert, has confirmed NDIS participants in South Australia have access to a range of temporary measures to ensure they can receive their disability-related supports, in line with public health advice. 

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Member Profiles

Australian Clinical Psychology Association
Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA) is a national organisation representing clinical psychologists. Clinical psychology is a vital part of mental health service provision to the public. ACPA recognises the requirement for clinical psychology in Australia to meet the highest contemporary, internationally recognised standards and actively works to achieve this for the benefit of the public and our members.  ACPA provides and promotes ongoing training and learning of best practices within clinical psychology and other mental health professions to enhance services provided to the public.  ACPA supports recognition of clinical psychology as a clearly identifiable area of expertise in mental health and works to gain specialist recognition for clinical psychologists with internationally aligned accredited post-graduate qualifications, in order for this expertise to be identified.  ACPA advocates to government, professional and academic organisations, other health professions, and the public about standards of mental health practice. ACPA also aims to promote to these bodies the benefits provided by the expertise of qualified clinical psychologists.

Lamp: Community base not for profit mental health support service working with consumers, carers, families and communities throughout the Lower South West WA. Lamp provides in home, school and community supports, centre-based and accommodation option. NDIS provider, Support Coordination and recovery Coaching programs. Children at risk and Indigenous youth and family services mental health.  



EOI Now Open - Lived Experience Community Butterfly Foundation

It is important to Butterfly that their work is guided by the needs and experiences of the community we serve. So that they can improve the way they do this, Butterfly is establishing the Lived Experience Community Insights Group (LECIG) as a strategic advisory body. This group will ground Butterfly’s decision-making in the wisdom of lived experience. With guidance from the group Butterfly aims to transform the way they incorporate lived experience knowledge into rheir work, and by extension the Australian eating disorder sector.

If you have any questions about the Lived Experience Community Insights Group or the EOI process please contact Butterfly’s Lived Experience Lead, Safia Roscoe at

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Vision 2030 Roadmap online consultation NOW OPEN!

It is with great pleasure that the National Mental Health Commission invites you to participate in their guided online consultation to inform the content and recommendations of the Vision 2030 Roadmap. 

The online consultation asks you to consider the impact of Vision 2030 on you and identify your needs in its implementation. More information on Vision 2030, including video recordings of the ‘Introducing Vision 2030 Blueprint and Roadmap’ webinars are available at the Commission’s website.

Now is your chance to get involved. This consultation opportunity closes on 4 December 2020 and is open to all, so please feel free to share this invitation widely.

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Register now for the launch of Australia’s digital mental health standards

You are invited to join an expert panel for a live online event to release world-leading digital mental health standards. The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care is releasing the National Safety and Quality Digital Mental Health (NSQDMH) Standards following wide consultation with consumers, carers, health professionals, digital mental health service providers and other experts. 

The one-hour webcast will feature an expert panel discussion on the opportunities and challenges of delivering mental health services via digital platforms. The panel will also explore how the standards will make a difference to the quality of care in the digital space. The event will be hosted by Sophie Scott, award-winning ABC National Medical Reporter.

When: Monday 30 November, 12:30pm - 1:30pm (AEDT)
Format: Live-streamed online event - panel discussion and Q&A

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Health Voices, Journal of Consumers Health Forum of Australia: Issue 27, November 2020 now available

The theme for this month’s journal is ‘COVID and the plague of idea.’ The pandemic is bad but it has also brought some good news for consumers and the health system, forcing many of us to think afresh, not only to protect our own health but also to recognise the need and the potential for positive change in health and society.

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Mentally Healthy Workplaces during COVID-19 resources

This week the Prime Minister launched Mentally Healthy Workplaces during COVID-19 resources for Australian workplaces. These three resources provide practical information and supports to sole traders, small, and medium to large businesses. They have been developed by the National Mental Health Commission, with contributions from the Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance and Ahead for Business.

These resources embody the NWI framework, as they convey the importance of protecting people from harm by managing workplace risks to mental health, responding and supporting people experiencing mental ill-health, and promoting wellbeing through good work.

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MHCC Webinar: NDIS Practice Standards - Governance, Information Management and Privacy - 3 December 2020

Join  MHCC’s free webinar on Governance, Information Management and Privacy for NDIS psychosocial disability service providers. During this webinar you will: 

  • Hear from an Approved Quality Auditor, PricewaterhouseCoopers about Governance, Information Management and Privacy under the NDIS Practice Standards.  

  • Learn from Justice Connect how the Australian Privacy Principles apply to NDIS service providers in a psychosocial disability context.  

  • Gain an insight into systems and processes Stride Mental Health have put in place to bring Governance, Information Management and Privacy requirements of the NDIS Practice Standards to life.  

This webinar features:

  • Rebecca Auld, Manager - Assurance, PricewaterhouseCoopers

  • Katrina Broadbent, Assurance Manager, PricewaterhouseCoopers

  • Mae Tanner, Manager - Training, Justice Connect

  • Catherine Scott-Richardson, National Manager - Governance, Safety & Quality, Stride Mental Health (formerly Aftercare) 

This is the eighth in a series of 10 webinars intended for psychosocial disability service providers and others seeking registration. Learn more about the Embracing Change Project.

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2020 National Carer Survey webinar

Following on from the launch of the 2020 National Carer Survey: Summary report  during National Carers Week, Carers NSW will host a free webinar and Q&A session on 25 November 2020 from 10-11:30am discussing the key findings of the 2020 National Carer Survey and providing an overview of how the Survey was conducted. Researchers, peak bodies, service providers and carers can register online to attend. 

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The Journey to Recovery – a collaborative approach

The recovery of all Australians affected by the Black Summer bushfires remains the number one priority for the National Bushfire Recovery Agency (NBRA). We are as committed now as we have ever been, to support this monumental recovery effort. The NBRA is pleased to introduce you to the Journey to Recovery, the real stories of the impact of the bushfires on people and their transition through relief to recovery with support from charities, the business community and all levels of government. And importantly, examples of individuals, communities, governments, private and not-for-profit sectors, working together as we move toward longer term recovery.

The Journey to Recovery doesn’t replace the recovery plans of states and territories. Rather, it demonstrates the connections of how these plans connect, with Australian Government support, to be a nationally coordinated approach to recovery.

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