mental health reform

Submission

In August 2018, Mental Health Australia provided a submission to the Productivity Commission’s review of the National Disability Agreement (NDA) arguing that an NDA is required to ensure all governments commit to, and are held accountable to the Australian people for, addressing the support needs of people with psychosocial disability.

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Earlier this month, a journalist at The West Australian newspaper responded to our Investing to Save report saying increased investment and better support services can only be effective when accompanied by a “supportive workplace and community culture” around mental health. And he’s right...

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Earlier this week we acknowledged those mental health advocates who received Queen’s Birthday honours. Consumers, professionals, peer workers, administrators and advocates were all recognised for their contribution to their local community, with a particular focus on mental health...

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This week the ABC announced their “Top 5” scientists for 2018. Each year the ABC and the University of New South Wales seek to identify “Australia’s next generation of research talent." A few things struck me about this year’s award...

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I’m glad we think about homelessness at winter time. But it also reinforces some unhelpful stereotypes. Insecure housing is with us all year round, and summer is no comfort. In Australia, the homelessness toll now exceeds even our worst natural disasters, but unlike so many natural disasters, homelessness is frequently invisible.

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At the beginning of the week, under the fig trees in Mullumbimby, I had the privilege of watching a diverse and talented group of individuals share their stories – their unique experiences of mental illness – on stage in front of a live audience at the Renew Fest This is My Brave show.

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This week I was pleased to accept an invitation to speak at the Hobson’s Bay Mental Health Professionals Network in Melbourne. After a week of sometimes turgid budget meetings and analysis, it is always re-invigorating to touch base with the people doing the real work, on the ground.

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To know where we’re going, it’s sometimes good to look back at where we’ve come from. And more importantly, look at how far we’ve come. Five years of budget summaries for mental health. Some years with not much joy at all, some with more, and always more to do no matter what the result.

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Shortly after the official launch of Investing to Save this week, we learned the report was already being discussed in mental health and economic circles internationally…

Submission

Mental Health Australia and Community Mental Health wrote to the COAG Disability Reform Council urging them to include mental health specific terms of reference in the 2017 Productivity Commission review of the NDIS.

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