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Submission

The MHCA strongly supports Australia ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities . We are pleased that a number of articles explicitly refer to mental illness. However, there are areas that could be strengthened, particularly discrimination on the basis of disability. Freedom from cruel or inhuman treatment and protecting the integrity of the person are key mental health consumer issues and need greater attention within the mental health sector. Employment and housing support are essential areas of focus to ensure people with mental illness-related disability are encouraged to fully participate as members of their community.

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The MHCA and the NMHCCF strongly support the development of a social insurance scheme for disability long-term care and support in Australia. The scheme should be designed around people with a disability developing their own support packages and becoming purchasers of the services they need.

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Any consideration of the needs of older Australians must look at how well their mental health needs are being met. To enable these improvements, the Australian Government must acknowledge and act on the recommendations of the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission’s final report A Healthier Future for all Australians , in the areas of mental health and aged care.

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This submission emphasises that the key outcomes agreed at the April COAG meeting and the initiative announced thereafter do little to address the crisis in the mental health sector in Australia and will do little to reduce the health system’s reliance on hospitals in the short term.

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This submission discusses the negative impact that Internet use can have on young people. In particular, cyber-bullying and the risk of mental health issues, as well as the worst case scenario outcome of suicide.

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

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