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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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

  • Submission

    In response to an invitation from the Federal Treasurer to provide input on priorities for the 2015-16 Budget, Mental Health Australia emphasised the importance of the Blueprint for Action on Mental Health, which was based on extensive consultation with our 132 members, consumers and carers, professional groups, community mental health providers, researchers and educators.

  • Fact Sheets

    Mental Health Australia has undertaken a short analysis of the National Mental Health Commission’s Review following the release of the Commission’s Final Report. A more detailed analysis will be released in the near future.

  • Media Releases

    Mental Health Australia has welcomed the release of the National Mental Health Commission’s Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services and called for immediate action to address the litany of failings identified. “This is no time for business as usual,” Mental Health Australia CEO Frank Quinlan said. The Commission’s report highlights the systemic failure of current arrangements…

  • Media Releases

    Today, Mental Health Australia has renewed its call for a long-term program of systemic reform, starting with the release of the National Mental Health Commission’s Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services, and the addition of mental health as an agenda item for COAG. “… We need a ten-year commitment from all governments to fund and implement a careful reform process for all Australians. Reform that involves listening to those who know the system best,” Mental Health Australia CEO Frank Quinlan said today.

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    This is an open letter to the Prime Minister, The Hon Tony Abbott MP, imploring the Australian Government to take urgent action to ensure continuity of services and programs for Australians who live with mental illness, and those who care for them. While the seventy signatories understand the Government will be formulating its response to the National Mental Health Commission’s Review of Mental Health Services and Programmes, the continued uncertainty is now resulting in staff attrition and service wind down. This issue has now reached crisis point.

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