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This submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission ( ALRC ) describes how people with experience of mental illness often do not have access to insurance on reasonable terms. The MHCA argues that the exemptions that providers of insurance currently enjoy under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 be reviewed and amended, and that an independent actuarial study be conducted on the data insurers use to assess the risks associated with mental illness. The submission also calls for a number of improvements to industry practice, including to insurance products, guidelines, forms and processes, and staff training.


This submission by the MHCA recommends that the Commission of Audit defer any specific action in relation to mental health (beyond possibly lending its support to the need for substantial review) to the more detailed process that will be conducted by the National Mental Health Commission.


You can become involved through local or state mental health organisations, by participating in World Mental Health Day or by giving a tax deductable donation to Mental Health Australia .


In the lead up to the Federal Budget and a Federal Election in 2013, and following COAG ’s recent decision to establish indicators to monitor the progress of...


This document is a summary of the ground-breaking Not For Service report which can be found here .

Fact Sheets

Good mental health helps us to respond better to the stresses and challenges of daily life. This fact sheet looks at some of the ways to more fully enjoy and appreciate the people and environment around us.

Fact Sheets

A landmark report released by the MHCA found strong associations between mental illness and cannabis, although this is not the same as a causal link. This fact sheet highlights some of the evidence.

Fact Sheets

This fact sheet looks at updated evidence relating to the mental health and wellbeing of the Australian population from the 2007 National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing.

Fact Sheets

There are many signs that might indicate a person is suffering from depression, anxiety and/or alcohol problems. These are the most common mental health problems affecting people in Australia. Effective treatments are available and early identification and care can reduce harm and improve quality of life.

Newsletters / Bulletins

In this Issue: The Road Ahead?; Mental Health in Immigration Detention Centres; Report Highlights Level of Stigma from Health Professionals; Why Don’t We Talk about Suicide?; A Foray into Social Media: Bumpy Beginnings; Centrelink, Human Services and DEEWR – an Update on Employment Participation and Mental Health; MHCA News and Updates; Our Consumer Place


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