consumers

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.

Newsletters / Bulletins

In this Issue: World Mental Health Day Forum, 8 October 2009; The World Mental Health Day Forum; Beacon Site Launched at Parliament House; Launch of Adversity to Advocacy; NMHCCF Launches ‘Seclusion and Restraint’ Statement at TheMHS; Isolation and Disconnection – The Mental Illness Experience; Mental Health Care Needs More than Just Tinkering; New MHCA Associate Member Organisations

Submission

The MHCA discusses how agencies such as Centrelink, DEEWR and Job Services Australia work with mental health consumers and carers and highlight the need for further advocacy and support mechanisms if needs are to be met by such agencies.

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