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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    Perspectives Newsletter - September 2015. Most people now know that mental health problems are common and disabling. It is no different in the workplace, where the annual costs to the economy are often cited in be in the billions. Unfortunately, there may not be many people in a workplace who would know how to offer help to a co-worker who is developing depression, troublesome anxiety or a substance use disorder. Fortunately there are more programs becoming available to train employees in how to offer help a co-worker.

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    Perspectives Newsletter - September 2015. When a mental health crisis occurs, often the first people on the scene are the police. However, in reality, the need for trained mental health professionals as first responders is also key. In this article, Kym Ryan, CEO of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses discusses a new plan by NSW Police to ensure mental health nurses are part of any first response to reported mental health related crises.

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    Perspectives Newsletter - September 2015. Mental Health Australia has recently launched a new non-voting individual membership category, allowing everyone the opportunity to support the mental health sector in Australia. For a small fee, anyone can become a ‘Friend of Mental Health Australia’.

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    Perspectives Newsletter - September 2015. Mental Health Australia CEO Frank Quinlan recently joined a delegation of leaders from the mental health sector to attend the Garma Festival in the Northern Territory. In this article Frank shares his experiences and photos from this important Indigenous cultural event.

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    Perspectives Newsletter - September 2015. Mental health reform in Australia is currently impacted by many government processes. Much of the work currently conducted is being done with an eye on the future state of our mental health system. However, consideration needs to be given to the arrangements needed to ensure services continue while the new system is being created. Mental Health Australia CEO Frank Quinlan looks at the need for transition planning.

  • Newsletters / Bulletins

    Welcome to the latest 2015 edition of Perspectives, an online magazine where we present ideas, essays, and articles about what is happening in the mental health space.

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    We are counting down to real reform in mental health, join us! In this update you can also read about this week’s TheMHS Conference and the development of the Australian Mental Health Care Classification

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    The Integrating Mental Health into the NDIS Conference was held by Informa Australia from 27-28 November 2014 in Sydney. Topics covered included scheme design, emerging lessons from the launch sites, the changing landscape for service providers, integrating the NDIS with other service systems and maximising choice and control. Presenters included Frank Quinlan, CEO of Mental Health Australia and Josh Fear, Director Policy and Projects, Mental Health Australia, David Butt, CEO and Commissioner of the National Mental Health Commission, Eddie Bartnik, NDIA Strategic Advisor NDIA, Nick Hartland, Group Manager, NDIS Department of Social Services, David Meldrum Executive Director of the Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia and a range of other key stakeholders including consumers and carers. Video footage and slideshow presentations for many of the sessions can be accessed here.

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    In this week’s update read about the NDIA Mental Health Sector Reference Group, Disability Employment Conference, NDIA CEO’s Forum and the Primary Healthcare Advisory Group meetings

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    We are currently finalising our response to the Expert Reference Group so we can have input to the Government’s response to the NMHC Review, read all about it in this week’s update

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