mental health reform

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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

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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.

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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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The Mental Health Council of Australia (MHCA) has today welcomed the release of the Terms of Reference for the National Mental Health Commission’s review into the mental health system in Australia. “There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that the mental health system in Australia is in need of reform. We will focus on ensuring the review has tangible and useful evidence from across the sector, so that the final report leads to real and lasting change,” MHCA CEO Frank Quinlan said today.

Publication

This position paper outlines some issues with the design of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and provides a way forward.

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The Launch Sites At this stage, only two sites (Hunter and Barwon) are accepting people with psychosocial disability associated with mental illness. From July...

Media Releases

The Mental Health Council of Australia (MHCA) welcomed the major parties’ mental health policy announcements, which both highlight the reform challenge that lies ahead. “The announcement of significant inquiries into mental health gives us some hope that lasting reform can be achieved,” MHCA CEO Mr Frank Quinlan said. “The mental health system is broken. While it needs more funding, it also needs substantial reform. We hope that a root and branch review will bring order to the chaotic system that we currently have.”

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The Mental Health Council of Australia (MHCA) has today welcomed the mental health policy launch from the Australian Greens, using the occasion to ask why the other major parties have been silent on mental health during this election campaign. “Despite there being almost three million registered voters who will experience mental illness this year, the ALP and the Coalition are yet to release any significant mental health policy,” MHCA CEO Frank Quinlan said today.

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The Mental Health Council of Australia has today welcomed the Government’s support for a Productivity Commission Inquiry into the mental health system. The Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, the Hon Senator Jacinta Collins, made the announcement this morning at The Mental Health Services (TheMHS) Conference in Melbourne. The MHCA has been in discussions with the Government and the Coalition for some time about the terms of reference for a Productivity Commission Inquiry.

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