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We often talk about the social determinants that lead to mental ill-health and mental illness, but seldom drill down further to call them out, and acknowledge how we must improve them as a community. Today, in 2020, people in our community are still marginalized, treated poorly or discriminated against because of race, gender, disability, age or sexuality…


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.


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.


The Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee inquired into the Exposure Draft of the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill 2012. This joint submission by MHCA and beyondblue draws attention to the negative experiences of people with a mental illness who try to access insurance and proposes amendments to the Bill to ensure that insurers who are granted an exemption from anti-discrimination law are held accountable.


In this submission to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission ( ACCC ) regarding private health insurance, the MHCA has highlighted a number of issues that have the potential to disadvantage mental health consumers, carers and allied health professionals.


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.

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