Mental Health Reform

On 26 November 2015, the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced a much anticipated response to the National Mental Health Commission’s Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services.

In this response, the Australian Government outlined a framework for reform of Australia’s mental health system.

Following over three years of dedicated policy and advocacy activity from Mental Health Australia, its members and mental health consumer and carers, this announcement has been welcomed as the beginning of much needed systemic change in mental health in Australia.

Here you can find material relating to the work Mental Health Australia has undertaken regarding mental health reform.

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    Overview At the time of writing, Australia’s mental health sector is facing unprecedented change and uncertainty. After several years where mental health...

  • Newsletters / Bulletins

    A former Prime Minister assaulted, discarded postal votes found on suburban streets, disgruntled employers and employees voicing opinions on social media, chalk rainbows outside post boxes, planes leaving trails of ‘NO’ smoke behind them… and constant debate. Personal and divisive debate. That’s the discourse we are seeing as the nation answers one simple ‘Yes or No’ question via post.

  • Newsletters / Bulletins

    Over the last decade or so we’ve come so far in reducing stigma. I am heartened to see my own children and their friends having conversations that were simply not possible when I was their age. This week alone, World Suicide Prevention Day and R U OK Day have continued to raise awareness and encourage people to seek, and provide help to family and friends.

  • Newsletters / Bulletins

    The Consumer and Carer (C&C) team provide secretariat support to members of the National Register of Mental Health Consumer and Carer Representatives (National Register) and the National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum (NMHCCF). The C&C team also perform all functions consumer and carer related, such as organising consumer and carer consultations, submissions, workshops, and a national selection process to assist organisations seeking lived experience representation.

  • Newsletters / Bulletins

    Mental Health Australia CEO Frank Quinlan is currently on leave and has invited colleagues to provide a guest blog each week. These blogs are the views of each guest blogger and not the opinions of Mental Health Australia. This week’s guest blog comes from Janet Milford, the ACT carer representative on the National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum.

  • Submission

    This submission was made to the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee inquiry into the National Disability Insurance Scheme Amendment (Quality and Safeguards Commission and Other Measures) Bill 2017 (the Bill).

  • Newsletters / Bulletins

    Mental Health Australia CEO Frank Quinlan is currently on leave and has invited colleagues to provide a guest blog each week. This week’s guest blog comes from Josh Fear, our Acting Deputy CEO at Mental Health Australia.

  • Newsletters / Bulletins

    Mental Health Australia CEO Frank Quinlan is currently on leave and has invited colleagues to provide a guest blog each week. These blogs are the views of each guest blogger and not the opinions of Mental Health Australia. This week’s guest blog comes from Barry Sandison, Director (CEO), Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.’.

  • Newsletters / Bulletins

    In the absence of our CEO Frank Quinlan while he takes leave, we bring you our first guest blog ‘World Health Organization QualityRights initiative to transform services and promote rights’.

  • Newsletters / Bulletins

    As I have flagged previously, I will be taking a break over the next six weeks.

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