consumers

Submission

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.

Submission

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.

Submission

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.

Newsletters / Bulletins

In this Issue: Mental Health Forums; The Minister’s Forums; The Ongoing Stigma of Mental Health; Launch of Carers Report 2010; Adverse Event Reporting; Our Consumer Place; Staff Changes at the MHCA; Changes to the MHCA Board; National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Representation

Submission

The National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum and the MHCA strongly support the development and implementation of a National Carer Strategy, in particular a consideration of issues for specific groups, as their needs and issues are quite distinct form other carers.

Submission

This Bill marks a significant shift in policy and the MHCA commends efforts to improve safeguards on the use of compulsory orders and restrictive interventions, encourage increased carer involvement and provide more responses to specific patient needs. However, we stress the importance of national standards in addition to human rights for mental health services.

Newsletters / Bulletins

In this Issue: World Mental Health Day Forum, 7 October 2010; Speech by Tony Fowke AM, President of the World Federation for Mental Health; Consensus Close but Funding Gets in the Way; World Mental Health Day Awareness Campaign; Mental Health Input to PBAC Decisions; Supporting and Developing the Consumer and Carer Identified Workforce; NMHCCF Launches Mental Health Consumer and Carer Workforce Paper; MHCA WMHD Photography Competition; Ombudsman’s Report; Disability Employment Issues Update; MHCA Office Bake-off

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