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    This is the third submission from the Mental Health Council of Australia (MHCA) to the National Mental Health Commission (NMHC) to inform the NMHC’s current review of mental health programmes. It articulates the MHCA’s priorities for the mental health system going forward. The contents are informed by detailed consultations with consumers and carers and other mental health stakeholders and proposes priorities and actions to drive long term policy and systemic reforms

  • Submission

    The MHCA has made a submission to the National Mental Health Commission’s formal consultation process as part of its review of mental health programs and services. The submission attempts to identify structural and systemic levers for reform, while still making recommendations for actions that are practical and achievable in a reasonable timeframe.

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    The MHCA provided a submission to the Senate Inquiry into Affordable Housing. In our submission we recommended that people with lived experience of mental illness be recognised as a priority group in future housing and homelessness agreements; recommended that the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness be re-funded for a further five years; and endorsed the continuation of current strategies aimed at growing the community housing sector to ensure that there are increased housing options available for people with lived experience of mental illness.

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    Following the release of the Terms of Reference, the MHCA wrote to Professor Allan Fels, Chair of the National Mental Health Commission, to offer support and assistance to the National Mental Health Commission’s Review of Mental Health Services and Programmes. In doing so, the MHCA also highlighted a number of issues that it believes must be given high priority throughout the course of the review.

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    The MHCA’s 2014-15 budget submission proposes a range of no-cost, low-cost and long-standing recommendations that will help build an Australian mental health system that is holistic, integrated and that delivers better support for people with a lived experience of mental illness and their carers.

  • Submission

    In this joint submission, the National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum and the MHCA discuss human rights and equal recognition before the law for people with mental illness and psychosocial disability. The submission makes a series of recommendations about nationally consistent approaches to legal capacity, supported decision-making, advance care planning, mental health legislation and restrictive practices.

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    The central principles of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) of consumer choice and control go to the heart of the Australian Law Reform Commission’s inquiry into equality before the law of people with disability. In this submission, the MHCA outlines concerns around equal recognition for people with psychosocial disability through the NDIS, including in relation to scheme design, service quality and safeguards, and supported decision-making.

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    This submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) describes how people with experience of mental illness often do not have access to insurance on reasonable terms. The MHCA argues that the exemptions that providers of insurance currently enjoy under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 be reviewed and amended, and that an independent actuarial study be conducted on the data insurers use to assess the risks associated with mental illness. The submission also calls for a number of improvements to industry practice, including to insurance products, guidelines, forms and processes, and staff training.

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    This submission by the MHCA recommends that the Commission of Audit defer any specific action in relation to mental health (beyond possibly lending its support to the need for substantial review) to the more detailed process that will be conducted by the National Mental Health Commission.

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    This submission highlights the MHCA concern about the availability and quality of mental health support for older people particularly in aged care and acute settings. The MHCA believes that all governments should better protect the rights of older people and those with dementia by providing better access to appropriate mental health service support in the primary health, acute and aged care settings.

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