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Newsletters / Bulletins

In this Issue: Mental Health – Time to End the Neglect; Mental Health Reform – Where are We Going?; World Mental Health Day Awareness Campaign; Mental Health Carer Survey 2010; National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Leaders Call for Action Under the Government’s Human Rights Agenda; Launch of Position Statement; Recent Submissions from MHCA and NMHCCF; MHCA Pharma Collaboration 2010-11; Mental Health Input to PBAC Decisions; Insurance Project Survey; Stress Down Day, 23 July 2010; World Mental Health Week Activities

Submission

The MHCA and beyondblue call on the Australian Government to end the unfair treatment of people with a mental illness by insurers. What is sought in this submission is a more reasonable assessment of the risks associated with mental illness, a greater understanding of mental illness from the insurance sector and greater respect for mental health consumers.

Submission

The MHCA welcomes those budget initiatives announced in the COAG National Health and Hospitals Network report. However, for the mental health sector these constitute vague in-principle support and incremental increases in just a few areas of urgent unmet need.

Submission

The MHCA urges this Inquiry to consider the health needs and circumstances of mental health consumers and carers to ensure safety and equity of access to medicines under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

Newsletters / Bulletins

In this issue: COAG – the Wrong Vehicle for Mental Health Reform?; National Compact Champions; Centrelink Disability Action Plan; Suicide and the Police – with a happy ending…; A Sense of Community – Mental Health Carers; What is Mental Health Promotion?; New Database for the MHCA; MHCA Chair’s Report Disability Employment Services – Job in Jeopardy Assistance; Mental Health Input to PBAC Decisions; Consumers Health Forum of Australia Consultation on Community Pharmacy and Members Policy Forum; List of Recent Submission from the MHCA and the NMHCCF

Submission

In this joint submission, the MHCA and the National Mental Health Consumer & Carer Forum highlight the importance of implementation planning, leadership, collaboration, partnerships, clear guidelines and policies and realistic funding for the establishment of the new national mental health consumer organisation.

Submission

The MHCA and the National Mental Health Consumer & Carer Forum applaud the Mental Health Standing Committee for its recognition of the role of recovery as critical to the implementation of better mental health services. However, both organisations are disappointed that while the principles provide a general overview of recovery it is clear that neither the principles nor the suggested standard reflect broad consultation with consumers and carers about what recovery might mean in the context of delivery of mental health services in Australia.

Newsletters / Bulletins

In this Issue: Staff Changes at the MHCA; Australia and Social Inclusion; In the Media – Haiti and Mental Health; Carer Engagement Project – Update; Campaigning for Mental Health: Some Effective Strategies; Submission on a New National Peak Mental Health Consumer Body; NMHCCF Advocacy Briefs; Joint National Register/NMHCCF Workshop; Mental Health Consumer and Carer Representatives

Submission

MHCA identifies three key areas where governments should take decisive action to reduce suicide and suicide attempts in Australia. These are a new model of community mental health care and support; a new commitment to accountability and research; and specific and appropriate targeting of at-risk groups.

Submission

This submission has been prepared by a group of leading national organisations involved in every aspect of suicide prevention. It represents a comprehensive analysis of the issues set out in the Inquiry’s terms of reference and presents practical ways to reduce the terrible toll on the Australian community from suicide and suicidal behaviour.

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