2019 Election

#MentalHealthVotes

Mental Health Australia is asking parties and candidates in the 2019 Election to signal their commitment to a range of aims and actions critical to the success of mental health reform in Australia. As such, and in line with our 2019 Election platform, Mental Health Australia is looking for all parties to publish their policy positions and intent around the following issues:

• Permanently embedding arrangements for ongoing, active involvement of consumers and carers in all areas of policy and oversight
• Providing community-based assertive outreach to people who have attempted suicide
• Expanding community-based psychosocial support programs
• Expanding the capacity of the NDIA to support psychosocial disability
• Expanding the paid peer workforce
• Cognitive based therapy and other interventions for children and young people
• Increase uptake of e-mental health early intervention services, and
• Work with employers to improve workplace mental health and wellbeing.

Party responses will be published via an Election Report Card once received.

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    • Newsletters / Bulletins

      We are currently finalising our response to the Expert Reference Group so we can have input to the Government’s response to the NMHC Review, read all about it in this week’s update

    • Newsletters / Bulletins

      In this update, read about: Mental Health Australia’s Extraordinary Policy Forum; an NDIS Mental Health Sector Reference Group Meeting Communique; the NDIS Information, Linkages and Capacity Building Policy Framework; the NDIS Integrated Market, Sector and Workforce Strategy; a new website for carers; a Carers Australia survey on carers’ experiences of the NDIS; the latest public hearing of the Parliamentary Joint Standing Committee on the NDIS; National Disability Insurance Agency information sessions on support coordination; new NDIS fact sheets; National Disability Services (NDS) NDIS briefings; and the NDS Community Inclusion Initiative.

    • Newsletters / Bulletins

      This week was dominated by our Extraordinary Policy Forum and Stakeholder workshop - read about this important event and its outcomes here

    • Media Releases

      Media release (embargo) - Ahead of the COAG Leaders Retreat, the mental health sector has written to the Prime Minister and First Ministers calling for urgent action on reforms COAG agreed to in 2012. “In 2012 COAG agreed to adopt clear targets and indicators for improving mental health and to develop a fully funded national agreement on mental health reform, and yet we are still waiting for action,” said Mental Health Australia CEO Frank Quinlan.

    • General

      Ahead of the COAG Leaders Retreat, the mental health sector has written to the Prime Minister and First Ministers calling for urgent action on reforms COAG agreed to in 2012. This includes the adoption of clear targets and indicators for improving mental health outcomes as well as a fully developed and funded national agreement on mental health reform.

    • Newsletters / Bulletins

      In this update, read about impending changes to the NDIS pricing and catalogue and recently released parliamentary discussions relating to the NDIS.

    • Newsletters / Bulletins

      In this update, read about: an opinion piece by Mental Health Australia CEO, Frank Quinlan on psychosocial disability and the NDIS; an interview by Carers Victoria with Eddie Bartnik – Head of Community Development Authority to the National Disability Insurance Agency; a public hearing of the NDIS Joint Standing Committee on NDIS; progress on the Mental Health Australia Capacity Building project; ARAFMI Australia’s call for stories about experience with the NDIS; the recently established Disability Loop website; a consultation opportunity on the National Disability Advocacy Framework; updates from Senate Estimates about the NDIS; and the Assistant Minister for Social Services’ update on the NDIS.

    • General

      The Australian Government has established a Mental Health Expert Reference Group (ERG) to provide advice to inform the response to the Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services. The Government tasked the National Mental Health Commission to undertake the Review, and consultation with the time limited ERG and other stakeholders is now underway to inform implementation considerations and action. Information about the members of the Mental Health ERG are listed here.

    • Media Releases

      Mental Health Australia today welcomed the first meeting of the Expert Reference Group (ERG) advising the Commonwealth Government on its response to the National Mental Health Commission’s recent Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services. “Today’s ERG meeting is another important step towards the reform that is so urgently required. There have been many reviews; now we need action,” Mental Health Australia CEO Frank Quinlan said.

    • General

      Perspectives Newsletter - May/June 2015.The development of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is overwhelmingly a positive direction for healthcare in Australia. It has great potential to improve the lives of people with psychosocial disability associated with mental illness. However, if we are to meet the needs of these people it is absolutely crucial that we take action now to get the broad architecture of the scheme right.

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