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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    • Newsletters / Bulletins

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

    • Media Releases

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    • 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

    • General

      Perspectives Newsletter - September 2015.

    • General

      Perspectives Newsletter - September 2015. We hear a lot about what we can do to prevent physical illnesses, but most of us rarely think about the sorts of things we can do to protect and promote mental wellbeing. The Act-Belong-Commit campaign is a world first mental health promotion program developed by Curtin University in Western Australia. The campaign is unique in that it targets the whole population and is focussed on mental health, rather than mental illness.

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      Perspectives Newsletter - September 2015. Australia’s first royal commission into family violence will wrap up public hearings after four weeks of evidence from victims, advocates and support services. We’ve learnt that the impacts of early experiences of family violence and child abuse are often both significant and long-term. However, until recently, society has continued to ignore and stigmatise the daily challenges often experienced by the five million Australian adults living with the effects of childhood trauma and abuse.

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