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 2015, the Australian Government engaged Ernst and Young to conduct an independent review of the National Disability Insurance Scheme legislation. Mental Health Australia provided a submission to the review on 15 October 2015. The submission covers access criteria, nominee provisions and governance arrangements.

    • Newsletters / Bulletins

      In this edition of Mental Health Australia’s NDIS Mental Health Network update read about a co-design consultation regarding the Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) Commissioning Framework, an upcoming audit of the NDIS, new NDIS resources for carers, NDIS costing and pricing training for services providers and valuable publications released by the Mental Health Coordinating Council of New South Wales.

    • Fact Sheets

      Mental Health Australia and Carers Australia have developed a Guide for Mental Health Carers on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and a Mental Health Carer Checklist to prepare for NDIS assessment and planning meetings.

    • Newsletters / Bulletins

      Happy Mental Health Week! Read all about what’s been going on around the country to mark this important week.

    • Media Releases

      One in five Australians will experience a mental illness in the next 12 months, almost 50% of us in our lifetimes. Saturday 10 October is World Mental Health Day. On this day Australians are asked to make a personal mental health promise to themselves at https://1010.org.au/ and share it on social media. “Mental illness impacts so many in our community. But if we can recognise the signs and do something about it early, we can significantly reduce the impact it can have on our lives. Unfortunately, our research shows less than one in five Australians regularly seeks help when they are stressed or down. This suggests people could be neglecting their mental health for too long,” Mental Health Australia CEO Frank Quinlan said today. Australia currently has a mental health system that is fragmented and difficult to navigate. The Australian Government has indicated it will launch a substantial mental health reform package before the end of 2015. Mental Health Australia has urged the Government to take a bold approach to reform.

    • Newsletters / Bulletins

      In this update, read about an upcoming National Disability Insurance Agency webinar on mental health and the NDIS, NDIS Bilateral Agreements, a recent announcement about early transition to the NDIS in Queensland and a review of the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013.

    • Newsletters / Bulletins

      This week the Mental Health Australia Board came to Canberra, there was a Carer Gateway Advisory Group meeting and the National Rural Health Alliance annual dinner

    • Newsletters / Bulletins

      It’s World Suicide Prevention Day, read about the activities being held to mark this important day. Also, you can download our submission to the Department of Health on priorities for mental health reform as well as the outcomes of this week’s NMHCCF meeting

    • General

      As part of our joint ‘Countdown to Reform’ campaign, we are now calling on you to meet with your local federal politicians. This ‘Distributed Advocacy Day’ is the next key part of our campaign. The aim of this activity is to engage with federal Members and Senators in their own electorates over the coming weeks, to highlight the local and national issues we face in relation to mental health reform, transition and sustainability.

    • Newsletters / Bulletins

      This week we are planning a Distributed Advocacy Day, welcoming a new Board Member and attending a range of forums and events

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