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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    • Video

      In 2015, Mental Health Australia funded the ACT Disability, Aged and Carer Advocacy Service (ADACAS) to develop a discussion paper on supported decision making, psychosocial disability and the NDIS. Kate Rae (project coordinator at ADACAS) presented on the topic of psychosocial disability and supported decision making at the TheMHS Conference in 2015. A video of this presentation is now available on the Mental Health Australia website.

    • Speeches / Transcripts

      On 2 June 2016, Mental Health Australia Chair and Business Council of Australia CEO Jennifer Westacott spoke to the NSW State Parliament and members of the Schizophrenia Fellowship about mental health reform, community and innovation

    • General

      The following is the letter sent to party leaders by Mental Health Australia in support of our Election 2016 Campaign . I write on behalf of the Board to...

    • General

      During this Federal election campaign, Mental Health Australia is asking party leaders to make mental health a priority. Read more about our campaign below.

    • Media Releases

      Tonight’s Budget includes a number of welcome new initiatives for mental health, but leaves ongoing uncertainty about how current reforms will be coordinated...

    • General

      Read our summary of the mental health-related measures in the 2016-17 Federal Budget

    • Submission

      Mental Health Australia’s submission to the Review of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee’s guidelines.

    • Newsletters / Bulletins

      In this update, Mental Health Australia announces that Richmond Wellbeing has been engaged to develop and deliver NDIS peer education and train the trainer workshops nationally as a part of Mental Health Australia’s NDIS Sector Development Fund Capacity Building Project. You can also read about: • a review of NDIS pricing for personal care and community participation • an open consultation on NDIS Specialist Disability Accommodation • NDIS and mental health as discussed at Mental Health Australia’s Member’s Policy Forum • NDIS Local Area Coordination partners in Victoria • the roll out of the NDIS in Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania • the latest transcript from the Parliamentary Joint Standing Committee on the NDIS • a NDIS NSW Market Position Statement • a NSW Mental Health Commission video on NDIS and mental health • a recent NDIS Remote Disability Services Provider Forum • the latest NDIS e-Newsletter.

    • Media Releases

      In any given year, almost two and a half million people care for a person with mental illness in Australia. Too often, when dealing with organisations...

    • Publication

      “Recovery-oriented practice and service delivery recognises the unique role of personal and family relationships in promoting wellbeing, providing care, and...