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    The inaugural meeting of the Australian Council of Non-Government Organisations ( CONGO ) saw members of the sector discussing issues and challenges experienced by those designing and delivering mental health policy and services. “The inaugural meeting of CONGO is the first gathering of a collaboration that we hope will soon become recognised by governments around the country as a highly influential and vocal advocacy group for the mental health sector”, said Frank Quinlan, CEO of the Mental Health Council of Australia.

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    The Mental Health Council of Australia has welcomed the introduction of Commonwealth legislation to protect the ability of contracted non-government organisations to advocate for better policy and legislation. “Non-government organisations, who are delivering services at the frontline, are often best placed to share their insights to advance better policy and better legislation”, said Frank Quinlan, CEO of the Mental Health Council of Australia, and member of the Gillard Government’s Not-for-Profit Reform Council.

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    The annual Mental Health Australia Grace Groom Memorial Oration pays tribute to the former Chief Executive Officer of the organisation, then known as the Mental Health Council of Australia. Grace Groom served as CEO of the MHCA from 2002 through to 2005, leaving an outstanding legacy through her knowledge, energy, enthusiasm and contribution to mental health reform in Australia…

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    The Mental Health Council of Australia today welcomed the Government’s announcement that it will give people with lived experience of mental health a greater voice in mental health reform.

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    The Coalition’s mental health policy is a comprehensive and well-targeted policy which will provide greater accountability, enhanced research capabilities and greater investment in measures to help people with mental health illness transition back into the workforce.

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    Mental health needs the same type of investment and reform as the Federal Government has promised to deliver for aged care and for people with diabetes.

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    The Mental Health Council of Australia ( MHCA ) has today released an issues paper on the application of Activity Based Funding ( ABF ) to mental health in Australia. “Activity based funding is a reality for mental health in Australia. The mental health sector and mental health consumers and carers should join the debate about how implementation of ABF should occur”, said Frank Quinlan, CEO of the MHCA .

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    The Mental Health Council of Australia and beyondblue: the national depression and anxiety initiative has launched the Mental Health and Insurance Project website, a collaboration with representatives from the insurance and financial services sectors as a means of addressing information gaps and empowering consumers seeking insurance products.

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    A study by the Mental Health Council of Australia has revealed that the levels of stigma experienced by mental health consumers seeking treatment from mental health and other health professionals are similar to the levels of stigma reported in the general population. “The MHCA is calling on all health professions to examine their approach to mental illness and ensure people experiencing mental illness and their carers receive the same level of non-judgemental care and concern as people with any other health condition”, said Frank Quinlan, CEO of the Mental Health Council of Australia.

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    A study by the Mental Health Council of Australia has revealed that the levels of stigma experienced by mental health consumers seeking treatment from mental health and other health professionals are similar to the levels of stigma reported in the general population. “The MHCA is calling on all health professions to examine their approach to mental illness and ensure people experiencing mental illness and their carers receive the same level of non-judgemental care and concern as people with any other health condition”, said Frank Quinlan, CEO of the Mental Health Council of Australia.

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