2019 Election


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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    • General

      Perspectives Newsletter - October 2014. Calls to suicide crisis lines are increasing. When will they be funded as core infrastructure for suicide prevention?

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      Perspectives Newsletter - October 2014. Despite considerable expansion in resources for treatment and services for mental health over the past two decades there is no evidence for any improvement in the mental health of Australians. Professor Anthony Jorm calls for a National Strategy for the Prevention of Mental Disorders to address this imbalance and place more emphasis on preventative approaches rather than treatment.

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      Perspectives Newsletter - October 2014. The creation and continuing development of the concepts of recovery and wellbeing reinforce consumers’ self-care, self-management and self-determination as the foremost conditions to establish or re-establish a meaningful life. In this article, Consumer Advisor Lei Ning discusses how resilience and mindfulness are the essential ingredients for achieving wellbeing.

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      Perspectives Newsletter - October 2014. Young men in Australia are angry. At least many of them are. The impact is visceral, felt largely by our families and communities. Just look to rates of alcohol related violence seen every weekend throughout Australia. Dr Simon Rice discusses the need to ensure that mental health services are responsive, acceptable and more inclusive of Australia’s young men.

    • Media Releases

      People who regularly and voluntarily care for someone with a mental illness spend an average of 104 hours per week in their caring role, often with very little support>/p>

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      NDIS: How is mental health fairing?’ was a symposium at The Mental Health Servicies Conference held in August 2014. It featured presentations from: Eddie Bartnik, NDIA, Tina Smith, MHCC, Rod Astbury, WAAMH and Liz Ruck, Mental Health Australia, followed by a panel discussion chaired by Pam Rutledge, Richmond PRA. The video of the symposium below is accompanied by the attached PowerPoint presentation.

    • Fact Sheets

      This fact sheet provides straightforward advice for service providers on how to help people to engage with the Royal Commission and tell their story, along with information on the importance of ensuring they are informed about complex trauma and its impacts.

    • Submission

      This submission outlines some of the key impacts that income inequality can have on health, housing and employment outcomes for mental health consumers and carers. Mental Health Australia offers some proposals to reduce income inequality by ensuring that income support payments are adequate to enable people to meet the costs of living including higher costs associated with living with mental illness and/or disability and caring.

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      Perspectives Newsletter - August 2014. Those who grapple with the devastating reality of an eating disorder also face the additional stress and challenges of serious stigma. Butterfly Foundation CEO Christine Morgan looks at the devastating impact of eating disorders on the Australian community.

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      Perspectives Newsletter - August 2014. A rising crisis and process of discrimination is largely being ignored in mental health within Australia. Hocking Fellowship Award Recipient Sonia Neale, discusses Borderline Personality Disorder and how it can be stigmatised and discriminated against within the mental health system itself.