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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    • Newsletters / Bulletins

      Welcome to the latest edition of Perspectives, an online magazine where we present ideas, essays, and articles about what is happening in the mental health space.

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      Ostara Australia is a national not-for-profit that provides specialist recruitment services to employers and finds sustainable employment for job seekers disadvantaged by mental illness or other disabilities. This article looks at how Ostara has worked with young restaurateur Ami Tran in Sunbury, Victoria, creating opportunities for workers with mental illness.

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      Mental health problems and financial difficulties can often go hand-in-hand, yet mental health professionals are not necessarily trained in how to assist their clients with financial difficulties. To aid this, Mental Health First Aid Australia has developed guidelines for mental health professionals to support clients with financial difficulties.

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      While gambling is an enjoyable recreational pursuit for many people, for some it can lead to significant harms. Mental Health First Aid Australia and Melbourne University used the Delphi expert consensus method to develop guidelines for how a concerned family member, friend or member of the public can recognise the signs of gambling problems and support a person to change their gambling.

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      There are so many opportunities to get involved in suicide prevention in this country, ranging from running a community event, to learning how to tell your story in a public forum, influencing local government to take action or to seeking employment in the sector itself. Yet it’s important that those who have been touched by suicide are ready both emotionally and mentally to lend their support. In this article, Tracy McCown shares guidance developed by Suicide Prevention Australia for their national Lived Experience Network.

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      Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEPs) have experience and expertise in the assessment, design, and delivery of exercise and behaviour change interventions. With increasing opportunities for AEPs in mental health, it is essential that the broader mental health sector is aware of the types of interventions, modes of delivery, and likely benefits to service users associated with the utilisation of AEP interventions. This document defines the scope and capacity of AEPs in the mental health sector, raises awareness of AEP pathways available to mental health professionals, and describe the benefits of AEP interventions for individuals utilising mental health services.

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      Perspectives Newsletter - February 2016. The move to digital television wasn’t as simple as just turning on the new signal and expecting everyone to be able to watch television – this modern reform required a dedicated process of change management by government, business and the community. The same can be said for mental health - change management must be as prioritized as much as the reforms themselves writes Mental Health Australia CEO Frank Quinlan.

    • Newsletters / Bulletins

      In this update, read about: • consultation opportunities on the NDIS Information, Linkages and Capacity Building Commissioning Framework and the Specialist Disability Accommodation Pricing and Payments Framework • updated principles determining the responsibilities of the NDIS and other service systems • a National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) Mental Health Sector Reference Group (NMHSRG) communique • the recently released NDIS Independent Advisory Council Annual Report • a transcript from a public hearing recently conducted by the Parliamentary Joint Standing Committee on the NDIS • the most recent NDIS eNewsletter from the NDIA.