The Mental Health Australia Submission on the Draft Fifth National Mental Health Plan


Mental Health Australia releases its submission to the Senate Economics Legislation Committee’s inquiry into the Budget Savings (Omnibus) Bill, focusing on government proposals to remove DSP from certain people in psychiatric detention.

The National Mental Health Consumer Organisation (NMHCO) Establishment Project (Completed May 2015)

The NMHCO Establishment Project worked towards establishing a new national peak organisation for mental health consumers. The Consumer Reference Group (CRG) and Mental Health Australia worked in partnership to develop the foundations for a sustainable organisation built on good governance, governed by and for, people with lived experience of mental illness and mental health issues.

The Project commenced in June 2012 and finished at the end of May 2015. Unfortunately, ongoing funding has not yet been secured to launch the organisation.


Mental Health Australia’s submission to the Review of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee’s guidelines.


Mental Health Australia’s submission to the National Disability Employment Framework – Discussion Paper.


The Integrating Mental Health into the NDIS Conference was held by Informa Australia from 27-28 November 2014 in Sydney. Topics covered included scheme design, emerging lessons from the launch sites, the changing landscape for service providers, integrating the NDIS with other service systems and maximising choice and control. Presenters included Frank Quinlan, CEO of Mental Health Australia and Josh Fear, Director Policy and Projects, Mental Health Australia, David Butt, CEO and Commissioner of the National Mental Health Commission, Eddie Bartnik, NDIA Strategic Advisor NDIA, Nick Hartland, Group Manager, NDIS Department of Social Services, David Meldrum Executive Director of the Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia and a range of other key stakeholders including consumers and carers. Video footage and slideshow presentations for many of the sessions can be accessed here.


Mental Health Australia’s submission into the Social Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 calls for the Bill to be rejected in its current state, as it further entrenches systemic discrimination against people with a mental illness.


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