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    The MHCA focus for this submission is on Cabinet’s proposal to become the decision-making body for approving all Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme listings. The MHCA makes a number of recommendations to ensure that a high level of equity, accountability and transparency is maintained in Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee processes.

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    The MHCA supports the development of a social insurance scheme for disability long-term care and support, but is concerned about the lack of understanding revealed during the inquiry about the urgent need for disability support for people with a mental illness.

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    The MHCA strongly supports the development of a social insurance scheme for disability long term care and support in Australia and congratulates the Productivity Commission and the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs for tackling such an important and timely task. Effective long term disability support is necessary to meet Australia’s obligations under the United Nation’s Convention on Rights for Persons with a Disability and, most importantly, to rectify the grave and unnecessary injustices faced daily by people with a disability in Australia.

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    This paper summarises the commitments made by governments on the investment in sub-acute care, the evidence to support various models of sub-acute care and the key issues relating to these commitments in relation to the Australian mental health sector.

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    This paper summarises the positions taken by the MHCA and its members in relation to the proposed National Health and Hospitals Network reforms in relation to the mental health sector. These issues are proposed to underpin a whole of sector advocacy position.

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    In 2010, all states and territories (except WA) supported the National Health and Hospitals Network Agreement. The agreement has three primary objectives – to reform the health and hospital system, change the way health services are delivered, and provide better care and access to services. This paper investigates the commitments made in relation to Medicare Locals as they pertain to the mental health sector.

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    The establishment of Local Hospital Networks with local community boards was a key element of the 2010 National Health and Hospitals Network Agreement for Australia’s 780 public hospitals. This paper looks at the commitments made to the establishment of these hospital networks.

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    This paper highlights the priority areas for strategic investment and funding support from the Commonwealth Government in the 2011-12 Budget outside of the proposed National Health and Hospitals Network reforms.

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    The National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission made twelve specific recommendations for immediate action for mental health. The government’s response has been to provide a minimum of new funding for just two of the twelve recommendations. This paper analyses the direction and management of the 2010 National Health and Hospitals Network Agreement.

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    The MHCA commends the Therapeutic Goods Administration for examining methods to improve transparency of regulatory processes and looks forward to further work in this area. The TGA needs to be open to the input of stakeholders, particularly consumers and carers, to ensure it is catering to their information needs. Mechanisms for stakeholder input beyond invitations to respond to a review should be examined.

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