9 May 2017
This document details some of the key measures in the 2017-18 Federal Budget that are likely to be of interest to mental health stakeholders. See Mental Health Australia’s press release welcoming the Budget initiatives on mental health.
28 April 2017
Mental Health Australia is the peak, national non-government organisation representing and promoting the interests of the Australian mental health sector and committed to achieving better mental health for all Australians. Our members include national organisations representing consumers, carers, special needs groups, clinical service providers, public and private mental health service providers, researchers and state/territory community mental health peak bodies. Many of our members have first-hand experience with the NDIS and those experiences are strongly represented in our submission to the Committee.
21 April 2017
Opening statement for Senate Standing Committee hearing on 21 April 2017
20 April 2017
In its submission, Mental Health Australia highlights that the mental health sector has had no involvement in setting prices for psychosocial supports provided through the NDIS. As a result, current pricing constraints are creating a challenging business environment for providers and pressure to reduce the quality and scope of services, and to hire less skilled and qualified staff. To rectify this, it calls for the NDIA to include services providers, consumers and carers in setting and reviewing the price of psychosocial supports for NDIS participants.
3 April 2017
In its submission, Mental Health Australia has highlighted that Centrelink’s automated debt recovery process is likely to be distressing for customers experiencing mental health issues as they may not have the capacity to acknowledge their debt, fully understand their rights for review, or negotiate repayment. It calls for the Department of Human Services to reinstate a mental health consumer and carer advisory group to inform service protocols and strengthen safeguards to protect against causing undue distress for vulnerable customers.
30 March 2017
In its submission, Mental Health Australia has emphasised that rollout of the NDIS must accommodate the distinctive needs of people with psychosocial disability. It asks the Productivity Commission to bring clarity to the many unresolved issues experienced by the mental health service sector and NDIS participants.
15 March 2017
The submission highlights that implementation of the NDIS has presented a range of policy and operational issues for people with psychosocial disability. It makes recommendations for addressing the issues described in the submission.
15 December 2016
The Mental Health Australia Submission on the Draft Fifth National Mental Health Plan
8 September 2016
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.