Investing to Save - KPMG and Mental Health Australia report - May 2018

At Mental Health Australia our vision is for mentally healthy people, and mentally healthy communities. Investing to Save presents a major contribution towards that vision. It shows how we can, with the right targeted investments, improve the mental health of our community, and in turn the mental wealth of the nation.

There have been many reviews, inquires and other various investigations into Australia’s mental health system. But this is a report unlike any other.

Investing to Save: The economic benefits for Australia of investment in mental health reform, tackles a set of complex issues from a new perspective, and a new pragmatic approach to the scale of the task of reforming our mental health system.

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  • Newsletters / Bulletins

    Christmas is a time to reflect. At the end of what seems to have been a very long year, I am proud of many of Mental Health Australia’s achievements. I continue to believe our very small but very hard working team punches well above its weight in the national debate, and a brief look at some of those achievements tells the story of 2017.’

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    Yesterday we saw a memorable moment at Parliament House. The historic vision of almost all Members of the House of Representatives gathered on the same side of the House to demonstrate support for new law to establish marriage equality.’

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    At the Mental Health Australia Members Policy Forum in Canberra this week, and our Chair Jennifer Westacott challenged the sector to unite behind a shared vision, and find practical, incremental ways to achieve that vision. Put succinctly and simply, Jennifer raised the question, ‘what are we doing on Monday to achieve our vision for mental health in Australia?’

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    This week I received another reminder of how lucky I am to doing the work that I do, alongside some truly inspirational people. Coming so closely after we gathered with sadness to mark the loss of our dear friend and colleague Jackie Crowe, it was good to gather again on Monday and celebrate the achievements of some of the inspirational people working to advance better mental health.

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    Now that the results are in, what will be the legacy of Australia’s marriage equality ‘postal survey’? I confess that when the results were announced I was a little underwhelmed. A 62% YES vote was at the lower end of my expectation, having paced a small friendly wager on the YES vote reaching 75%.

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    The shooting in Texas this week and loss of 26 innocent lives, once again broke our hearts. The senselessness of such violence and the burden of yet another horror to add to our collective psyche. As if this was not enough, what came next appalled me, and many of you too.

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    There is a popular belief that goldfish only have a three-second memory span and every lap of their fishbowl is like seeing the world for the first time. Have we just completed another lap of the fishbowl?

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    This week we learned that a friend, colleague, mentor, advocate, disrupter, innovator, mother and partner Jackie Crowe left us prematurely. For those who knew her, Jackie was a force of nature. Jackie combined her own lived experience, her intelligence and her tremendous capacity for empathy to advocate tirelessly for reforms to the mental health system.

  • Submission

    The NDIS Board has commissioned McKinsey and Co to conduct a review of the NDIS pricing arrangements. The submission highlights the unique aspects of providing support to people with psychosocial disability and the experiences of providers of psychosocial services.

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    When Every Australian Counts Executive Director, Kirsten Deane spoke on the ABC 730 Report this week about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), she echoed the thoughts of many. “Everyone, absolutely everyone, wants the NDIS to work… And while I don’t think anyone thought this was going to be easy, the really big question is, has the road to the NDIS been rockier than it needed to be?’ said Ms Deane.

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