mental health

Publication

Mental Health Australia commissioned a report from Urbis called Invest now, save later: The economics of promotion, prevention and early intervention in mental health. The report presents a broad based synthesis of current research with economic implications, applied to an Australian context. It provides thought provoking reading for policy makers, academics and commissioners of mental health services.

Submission

This submission was made to the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee inquiry into the National Disability Insurance Scheme Amendment (Quality and Safeguards Commission and Other Measures) Bill 2017 (the Bill).

Submission

Mental Health Australia has lodged a comprehensive response to the Productivity Commission’s Position Paper on its NDIS Costs study.

Submission

This supplementary submission, prepared for the Joint Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme in response to its question on what needs to change for the Scheme to have a recovery focus for people with psychosocial disability. The submission sets out the various legislative provisions that are not conducive to recovery-oriented practice and provides options for addressing that. The submission was jointly made by Mental Health Australia, the Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia and Community Mental Health Australia following our joint appearance before the Committee in Melbourne on 28 April 2017.

Submission

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.

Submission

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.

Submission

Opening statement for Senate Standing Committee hearing on 21 April 2017

Submission

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.

Submission

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.

Submission

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.

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