mental health reform

Fact Sheets

The MHCA has today released a key issues brief that provides some key statistics about the Disability Support Pension and outlines some of the challenges that people with lived experience of mental illness face both in trying to access income support payments and meeting the costs of living. This is followed by a summary of the key measures in the 2014/15 budget and their likely impact on people with lived experience of mental illness.

Media Releases

The MHCA was tonight encouraged to see the Commonwealth Government meet its pre-election commitments to mental health. “We welcome the expected funding commitment to youth mental health, Headspace, the Mental Health Nurse Incentive Programme, and the 12 month extension of funding to the Personal Helpers and Mentors Programme. “We are concerned about some of the measures, and the long term impact they may have on the mental wellbeing of the nation – especially young people. “During this period of substantial reform we must ensure that existing services are maintained or new services established, so that vulnerable people are not left without support while systemic change is implemented.

Submission

The MHCA has made a submission to the National Mental Health Commission’s formal consultation process as part of its review of mental health programs and services. The submission attempts to identify structural and systemic levers for reform, while still making recommendations for actions that are practical and achievable in a reasonable timeframe.

Submission

The MHCA provided a submission to the Senate Inquiry into Affordable Housing. In our submission we recommended that people with lived experience of mental illness be recognised as a priority group in future housing and homelessness agreements; recommended that the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness be re-funded for a further five years; and endorsed the continuation of current strategies aimed at growing the community housing sector to ensure that there are increased housing options available for people with lived experience of mental illness.

Media Releases

The Mental Health Council of Australia (MHCA) renewed its call for a new vision for the mental health sector following the release of ‘Crossroads’, a report commissioned by Reachout.com by Inspire Foundation. This new report highlights the fundamental failure of our current mental health system,” MHCA CEO Frank Quinlan said at the launch of the report this morning.

Submission

Following the release of the Terms of Reference, the MHCA wrote to Professor Allan Fels, Chair of the National Mental Health Commission, to offer support and assistance to the National Mental Health Commission’s Review of Mental Health Services and Programmes. In doing so, the MHCA also highlighted a number of issues that it believes must be given high priority throughout the course of the review.

Media Releases

The Mental Health Council of Australia (MHCA) today welcomed the Abbott Government’s new drought assistance package, praising the focus on increased mental health services in regional Australia

Speeches / Transcripts

MHCA Chair Jennifer Westacott recently presented a key note address at the Association Forum’s 9th Annual CEO Symposium. Speaking to an audience of leaders from the not for profit sector in Australia, the presentation focussed on how the various sectors can work together to create mentally health workplaces in Australia. The presentation explores the current political climate for mental health; the impact of mental illness on the community; the new vision for the MHCA, and; how leaders can improve the mental wellbeing of their organisations and work with people with a mental illness.

Submission

The MHCA’s 2014-15 budget submission proposes a range of no-cost, low-cost and long-standing recommendations that will help build an Australian mental health system that is holistic, integrated and that delivers better support for people with a lived experience of mental illness and their carers.

General

The Mental Health Council of Australia (MHCA) has an established a Project Advisory Group to provide expert advice to the MHCA on the most effective ways for the MHCA to support capacity building for mental health sector consumers, carers and service providers to engage with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in the relevant launch sites and prepare nationally for the broader roll out of the NDIS.

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