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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    • Submission

      In this submission the MHCA reiterates the outcomes of its consultations with consumer and carer representatives, which the Council does not believe were reflected in the subsequent Draft Roadmap. In particular, the MHCA found that the Draft Roadmap does not make reference to any specific goals, targets, funding commitments or specific measurements that would indicate what the Australian mental health system will look in 10 years time, and how it will make progress from where it is now.

    • Submission

      Medicines play an important part in the maintenance and treatment of mental illness and the MHCA has a keen interest in the governance structures which oversee the conduct of the Australian innovative pharmaceutical sector. In this submission the MHCA promotes consumer and carer engagement as effective strategies to include in the Medicines Australia Code of Conduct.

    • Submission

      This submission highlights the specific challenges faced by people with experience of mental illness in applying for, or making claims against insurance policies, in particular those where they relate to the private health insurance sector.

    • Submission

      The MHCA supports the development of a social insurance scheme for disability long-term care and support, but is concerned about the lack of understanding revealed during the inquiry about the urgent need for disability support for people with a mental illness.

    • Submission

      The MHCA focus for this submission is on Cabinet’s proposal to become the decision-making body for approving all Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme listings. The MHCA makes a number of recommendations to ensure that a high level of equity, accountability and transparency is maintained in Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee processes.

    • Submission

      The MHCA strongly supports the development of a social insurance scheme for disability long term care and support in Australia and congratulates the Productivity Commission and the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs for tackling such an important and timely task. Effective long term disability support is necessary to meet Australia’s obligations under the United Nation’s Convention on Rights for Persons with a Disability and, most importantly, to rectify the grave and unnecessary injustices faced daily by people with a disability in Australia.

    • Submission

      This paper summarises the commitments made by governments on the investment in sub-acute care, the evidence to support various models of sub-acute care and the key issues relating to these commitments in relation to the Australian mental health sector.

    • Submission

      This paper summarises the positions taken by the MHCA and its members in relation to the proposed National Health and Hospitals Network reforms in relation to the mental health sector. These issues are proposed to underpin a whole of sector advocacy position.

    • Submission

      In 2010, all states and territories (except WA) supported the National Health and Hospitals Network Agreement. The agreement has three primary objectives – to reform the health and hospital system, change the way health services are delivered, and provide better care and access to services. This paper investigates the commitments made in relation to Medicare Locals as they pertain to the mental health sector.

    • Submission

      The establishment of Local Hospital Networks with local community boards was a key element of the 2010 National Health and Hospitals Network Agreement for Australia’s 780 public hospitals. This paper looks at the commitments made to the establishment of these hospital networks.

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