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Newsletters / Bulletins

In this Issue: The Road Ahead?; Mental Health in Immigration Detention Centres; Report Highlights Level of Stigma from Health Professionals; Why Don’t We Talk about Suicide?; A Foray into Social Media: Bumpy Beginnings; Centrelink, Human Services and DEEWR – an Update on Employment Participation and Mental Health; MHCA News and Updates; Our Consumer Place

Submission

Medicines play an important part in the maintenance and treatment of mental illness and the MHCA has a keen interest in the governance structures which oversee the conduct of the Australian innovative pharmaceutical sector. In this submission the MHCA promotes consumer and carer engagement as effective strategies to include in the Medicines Australia Code of Conduct.

Newsletters / Bulletins

In this Issue: World Mental Health Day; World Mental Health Day Promotions; Media Coverage; Mark Butler & World Mental Health Day; Mental Health Council of Australia; World Mental Health Day; Senator Penny Wright – World Mental Health Day can Increase Awareness and Resilience; Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells – World Mental Health Day; Mary Woolridge – Minister Woolridge Launches Mental Health Week; Anna Bligh – Premier Urges Queenslanders to Change their Minds About Mental Illness; Isobel Redman – Let’s Talk about Mental Health; Alcohol and Other Drugs Council of Australia – World Mental Health Day; AGPN – Mental Health Investment in Primary Health Care Reaps Benefits; Kon Vatskalis – Action Urged on Key Issue; Official Launch – World Mental Health Day Forum, 7 October 2011; New MHCA Logo; Privacy, Confidentiality and Information Sharing – Consumers, Carers and Clinicians

Report

This submission highlights the specific challenges faced by people with experience of mental illness in applying for, or making claims against insurance policies, in particular those where they relate to the private health insurance sector.

Submission

This submission highlights the specific challenges faced by people with experience of mental illness in applying for, or making claims against insurance policies, in particular those where they relate to the private health insurance sector.

Submission

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.

Submission

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.

Newsletters / Bulletins

In this Issue: Starting at the MHCA – Frank Quinlan; MHCA CEO Grace Groom Memorial Oration 2011; Launch of Mental Health, Discrimination and Insurance: A Survey of Consumer Experiences 2011; Senate Inquiry into Mental Health; Trying to Change Attitudes Towards Mental Illness – That’s Mental; National Disability Insurance Scheme – the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Disability Care and Support; Challenge for Policy on Mental Illness; NMHCCF 2011 Workshop

Submission

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.

Submission

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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