Consumers and Carers

Consumer and carer participation in all levels of decision-making is fundamental for the improvement of mental health services and crucial to improving the lives of people with a mental illness.

The continued participation and engagement of consumers and carers in the development, implementation, delivery and evaluation of services is essential for mental health reform.

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    Mental health problems and financial difficulties can often go hand-in-hand, yet mental health professionals are not necessarily trained in how to assist their clients with financial difficulties. To aid this, Mental Health First Aid Australia has developed guidelines for mental health professionals to support clients with financial difficulties.

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    While gambling is an enjoyable recreational pursuit for many people, for some it can lead to significant harms. Mental Health First Aid Australia and Melbourne University used the Delphi expert consensus method to develop guidelines for how a concerned family member, friend or member of the public can recognise the signs of gambling problems and support a person to change their gambling.

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    There are so many opportunities to get involved in suicide prevention in this country, ranging from running a community event, to learning how to tell your story in a public forum, influencing local government to take action or to seeking employment in the sector itself. Yet it’s important that those who have been touched by suicide are ready both emotionally and mentally to lend their support. In this article, Tracy McCown shares guidance developed by Suicide Prevention Australia for their national Lived Experience Network.

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    Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEPs) have experience and expertise in the assessment, design, and delivery of exercise and behaviour change interventions. With increasing opportunities for AEPs in mental health, it is essential that the broader mental health sector is aware of the types of interventions, modes of delivery, and likely benefits to service users associated with the utilisation of AEP interventions. This document defines the scope and capacity of AEPs in the mental health sector, raises awareness of AEP pathways available to mental health professionals, and describe the benefits of AEP interventions for individuals utilising mental health services.

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    Perspectives Newsletter - February 2016. The move to digital television wasn’t as simple as just turning on the new signal and expecting everyone to be able to watch television – this modern reform required a dedicated process of change management by government, business and the community. The same can be said for mental health - change management must be as prioritized as much as the reforms themselves writes Mental Health Australia CEO Frank Quinlan.

  • Newsletters / Bulletins

    In this update, read about: • consultation opportunities on the NDIS Information, Linkages and Capacity Building Commissioning Framework and the Specialist Disability Accommodation Pricing and Payments Framework • updated principles determining the responsibilities of the NDIS and other service systems • a National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) Mental Health Sector Reference Group (NMHSRG) communique • the recently released NDIS Independent Advisory Council Annual Report • a transcript from a public hearing recently conducted by the Parliamentary Joint Standing Committee on the NDIS • the most recent NDIS eNewsletter from the NDIA.

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    As part of the NDIS Capacity Building Project, Mental Health Australia has compiled a range of information regarding the NDIS, which mental health consumers, carers, service providers and policy officers may find useful. You can find what you’re looking for by the categories below .

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    In this update, read about: a national tender calling for Expressions of Interest to design and deliver NDIS peer education workshops; the full roll out of NDIS in Tasmania; a transcript of the NDIA’s webinar on provider readiness to engage with the NDIS; Mental Health Carers Arafmi Australia key messages on the NDIS.

  • Media Releases

    Mental Health Australia has today welcomed the release of the Final Report of the National Ice Taskforce by the Prime Minister the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP. “...

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    The end of the year is approaching and we are starting to reflect on a busy year. You can also read about Ella Ingram who has been named in the BBC’s 100 most inspirational women, our new Board member Robyn Kruk and the latest news from the MHiMA project.

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