16 April 2015
Mental Health Australia has welcomed the release of the National Mental Health Commission’s Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services and called for immediate action to address the litany of failings identified. “This is no time for business as usual,” Mental Health Australia CEO Frank Quinlan said. The Commission’s report highlights the systemic failure of current arrangements…
15 April 2015
Today, Mental Health Australia has renewed its call for a long-term program of systemic reform, starting with the release of the National Mental Health Commission’s Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services, and the addition of mental health as an agenda item for COAG. “… We need a ten-year commitment from all governments to fund and implement a careful reform process for all Australians. Reform that involves listening to those who know the system best,” Mental Health Australia CEO Frank Quinlan said today.
14 April 2015
Mental Health Australia is calling for all governments to embrace a decade of mental health reform following the leak of a summary of the National Mental Health Commission’s Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services. “Now is the time for the Federal Government to work with state and territory governments, people living with mental illness and their carers, service providers, and NGOs to build the mental health system Australia expects,” Mental Health Australia CEO, Frank Quinlan said.
2 April 2015
Mental Health Australia has welcomed today’s news that Commonwealth supported community mental health organisations will be funded for another twelve months, worth almost $300 million. “This is fantastic news for Australians with mental illness and the people who care for them, and will also give some welcome reassurance to workers as they head off for their Easter break,” Mental Health Australia CEO Frank Quinlan said. “We will examine the announcement in detail and make further comment on its implications for people who experience mental illness and those who care for them.”
26 March 2015
This brief for members of Mental Health Australia highlights the key points of a consultation paper recently released by DSS on the proposed NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Framework. Further information is available at https://engage.dss.gov.au/ndis-qsf/ . Submissions can be made online by 5pm on 30 April 2015.
24 March 2015
This is an open letter to the Prime Minister, The Hon Tony Abbott MP, imploring the Australian Government to take urgent action to ensure continuity of services and programs for Australians who live with mental illness, and those who care for them. While the seventy signatories understand the Government will be formulating its response to the National Mental Health Commission’s Review of Mental Health Services and Programmes, the continued uncertainty is now resulting in staff attrition and service wind down. This issue has now reached crisis point.
23 March 2015
Mental Health Australia has delivered a letter to Prime Minister The Hon Tony Abbott imploring that the Commonwealth take urgent action to ensure continuity of services and programs for Australians who live with mental illness. The letter includes 70 signatures from key mental health organisations including Headspace, the Black Dog Institute, Suicide Prevention Australia, R U OK and SANE Australia.
16 March 2015
Mental Health Australia raises significant concerns about the NDIS ‘Information, Linkages and Co-ordination’ (Tier 2). Significant more information is required before stakeholders can form a proper view.
5 March 2015
“We will reap what we sow,” Frank Quinlan, CEO of Mental Health Australia, said today at the launch of the 2015 Intergenerational Report at Parliament House in...
2 March 2015
Three major reports released today have highlighted the need for systemic reform to address significant challenges in the current mental health system. Mental Health Australia noted the reports coming from Monash University, the Brotherhood of Saint Laurance and the Butterfly Foundation all re-inforce the need for a ten-year strategy focused on the intersection between mental health and all aspects of society. “These reports show how mental health and wellbeing is fundamentally tied to all aspects of a person’s life,” Mental Health Australia CEO Frank Quinlan said today.