16 February 2015
Australians living with mental illness, and those who care for them, are resting easier today knowing the community based mental health services they rely on have been provided greater funding certainty. This certainty comes following the announcement by the Assistant Minister for Social Services, the Hon Mitch Fifield, regarding mental health programs supported by the Department of Social Security. “With the welcome, but complex reforms associated with the National Disability Insurance Scheme, and as we await the National Mental Health Commission’s Review of Mental Health Services and Programmes, any certainty that can be provided to people who participate in these programs is a very positive development,” Mental Health Australia CEO Frank Quinlan said today.
6 February 2015
Mental health representatives from across the country will meet with 45 MPs and Senators from across the political spectrum at Australian Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday, 11 February. At the heart of discussions will be Mental Health Australia’s Blueprint for Action on Mental Health and the organisation’s call for a cross party commitment to a ten year reform plan for mental health.
16 December 2014
Perspectives Newsletter - December 2014. NSW has embarked on what Premier, Mike Baird, has called a once-in-a-generation series of mental health system reforms aimed to reduce the state’s over-reliance on crisis care in hospitals and to strengthen community-based support for people who experience mental illness.
8 December 2014
In late November 2014 Mental Health Australia conducted a survey of non-government organisations in the mental health sector about the impact of uncertainties over funding from the Australian Government. A summary of the survey findings is provided below. The survey results demonstrate the very real impact that funding uncertainty is currently having on organisations and underscores the urgent need for government to clarify funding arrangements as soon as possible.
8 December 2014
A national survey of not-for-profit mental health agencies has found funding uncertainty is having an alarming impact on services. “The results of this survey are worse than we anticipated. Indeed, 73% of respondents said they would be forced to reduce local options for consumers. That’s deeply concerning,” Mental Health Australia CEO Frank Quinlan said today.
Newsletters / Bulletins
5 December 2014
This week has been a busy one with a Parliamentary Breakfast, a CEO Forum convened by the NDIA, a Board meeting, a meeting with the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and the National Complex Needs Alliance. Read all about it here.
27 November 2014
Mental Health Australia has today called for governments to ensure the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) does not reduce services for people with mental illness. “While it’s true that some people have received good support under the Scheme, we are consistently hearing feedback from the trial sites that people with a disability relating to mental illness are too often being left confused and disheartened,” Mental Health Australia CEO Frank Quinlan said.
18 November 2014
Mental Health Australia is calling on the Federal Government to commit to a ten year program of action to reform mental health. This follows the release of Mental Health Australia’s final submission to the National Mental Health Commission’s Review of Mental Health Services and Programmes, our Blueprint for Action on Mental Health. This reform agenda will take at least ten years of careful, dedicated and planned action. With the current review now nearly over, and with enormous public support for system reform, we must seize this opportunity to undertake a period of well-targeted action
13 November 2014
Mental Health Australia has released its Blueprint for Action on Mental Health. The product of extensive sector engagement, the Blueprint is Mental Health Australia’s fourth and final submission to the National Mental Health Commission’s Review of Mental Health Services and Programmes.
28 October 2014
Perspectives Newsletter - October 2014. Mental Health Australia’s Seven Point Plan for Action on Mental Health has been developed in consultation with the sector and lays the foundations for reform and provides tangible steps on where to go from here. The plan identifies the key areas where agreement and action is needed to reshape the way we address mental illness in Australia.