Mental Health Australia - 2018-19 Budget Summary

The Mental Health Australia 2018-19 Budget Summary highlights some of the key measures in the 2018-19 Federal Budget likely to be of interest to mental health stakeholders.

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  • Media Releases

    Media release (embargo) - Ahead of the COAG Leaders Retreat, the mental health sector has written to the Prime Minister and First Ministers calling for urgent action on reforms COAG agreed to in 2012. “In 2012 COAG agreed to adopt clear targets and indicators for improving mental health and to develop a fully funded national agreement on mental health reform, and yet we are still waiting for action,” said Mental Health Australia CEO Frank Quinlan.

  • General

    Ahead of the COAG Leaders Retreat, the mental health sector has written to the Prime Minister and First Ministers calling for urgent action on reforms COAG agreed to in 2012. This includes the adoption of clear targets and indicators for improving mental health outcomes as well as a fully developed and funded national agreement on mental health reform.

  • Media Releases

    Mental Health Australia today welcomed the first meeting of the Expert Reference Group (ERG) advising the Commonwealth Government on its response to the National Mental Health Commission’s recent Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services. “Today’s ERG meeting is another important step towards the reform that is so urgently required. There have been many reviews; now we need action,” Mental Health Australia CEO Frank Quinlan said.

  • General

    Perspectives Newsletter - May/June 2015. For the past twenty years Transcultural Mental Health Services (TMHS) have been at the forefront in frontline mental health services addressing the significant disparities in access and quality of care received by people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds in Australia. This article explores the challenges around responsibility of care regarding state-wide roles and functions in an ever changing health policy context.

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    Perspectives Newsletter - May/June 2015. The Ripple Project is a 5-year study funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council. It aims to develop an innovative, systematic and affordable approach to improving mental health for young people aged 12‐17 years living in ‘out of home care’, including those from Aboriginal and culturally and linguistically diverse communities. With such a high proportion of young people in out of home care experiencing difficulties, carers and residential care workers will be helped in providing good quality and emotionally attuned care if they have access to advice and support from skilled mental health practitioners.

  • General

    Perspectives Newsletter - May/June 2015.The role of nutrition in both the origin and the management of mental health disorders is a rapidly growing area of research. Mental health disorders can be seen through the lens of a lifecourse perspective, which requires an integrated approach to management of exposure to risk factors, the delivery of preventive interventions, and the treatment of symptomatic disease. This article explores how nutrition is important across each of these domains.

  • General

    Perspectives Newsletter - May/June 2015. While the number of people with mental and behavioural problems is similar across the nation – around 20 per cent – suicide rates are 66 per cent higher in country areas than they are in the cities. This suggests that the mental health of people in rural and remote areas is a major issue (despite the prevalence data) and should be given special consideration by governments.

  • General

    Perspectives Newsletter - May/June 2015. This year, the Mental Health Carers Voice program has started hosting monthly drop-in sessions to provide carers with an avenue for sharing and exchanging information about the National Disability Insurance Scheme, which commenced in the ACT on 1 July 2014. This article explores a method of engaging with carers that has been trialled by Carers ACT’s Mental Health Carers Voice program since January 2015. While the trial period is still in its early days, evidence suggests that monthly drop-in sessions are valuable for carers, service providers and policy makers.

  • Fact Sheets

    The Government’s commitments in mental health were made clear a few weeks ago when they released the National Mental Health Commission’s Review of Programs and Services – indicating that they would establish an Expert Reference Group and enter into negotiations with the states and territories to develop the 5th National Mental Health Plan. While there are a couple of mental health-specific measures, along with some important initiatives to support youth employment there are few details about the long-term reform task confronting our sector. The National Mental Health Commission’s Review has no doubt impressed upon the Government the scale of the challenge – perhaps explaining why news of its substantive response to the Review’s recommendations must await another day. Budget 2015 has come and gone, but the need for reform remains pressing. Read Mental Health Australia’s 2015 Federal Budget Summary here.

  • Submission

    Mental Health Australia’s submission into the Social Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 calls for the Bill to be rejected in its current state, as it further entrenches systemic discrimination against people with a mental illness.

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