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    The Mental Health Council of Australia welcomes the appointment of Monsignor David Cappo as the first National Mental Health Commissioner of Australia. “Monsignor Cappo’s appointment is warmly welcomed. He has been a strong advocate for mental health and social inclusion and will help shape the roadmap to reform that Minister Butler has initiated”, said Frank Quinlan, CEO of the Mental Health Council of Australia.

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    The Mental Health Council of Australia acknowledges the very difficult decision taken by Monsignor David Cappo to step down from his position as Chair of the new National Mental Health Commission.

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    The Mental Health Council of Australia welcomes the appointment of Monsignor David Cappo as the first National Mental Health Commissioner of Australia. “Monsignor Cappo’s appointment is warmly welcomed. He has been a strong advocate for mental health and social inclusion and will help shape the roadmap to reform that Minister Butler has initiated”, said Frank Quinlan, CEO of the Mental Health Council of Australia.

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    The Prime Minister and state and territory premiers and chief ministers have given a briefing by senior mental health experts Frank Quinlan, Patrick McGorry and David Cappo on the leadership challenges in mental health facing all Australian governments. “Poor access to coordinated, quality care is a solvable problem that leads to increased social exclusion of Australians with severe and persistent mental illness”, the experts said.

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    The Mental Health Council of Australia hosted a forum for mental health consumers, carers, community workers, counsellors, doctors, nurses to provide input to the Coordinated Care measure announced in this year’s budget. The CEO of the Mental Health Council of Australia, Mr Frank Quinlan said, “Having achieved some pretty significant investments in the most recent Commonwealth budget, we are eager to ensure that the money is spent wisely and effectively. The best way to do that is to bring those making the policy together with those affected by the policy.”

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    The Mental Health Council of Australia has welcomed the release of the Productivity Commission’s final report into Disability Care and Support and applauds the inclusion of those experiencing disability caused by mental illness within the final scope of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. “The Productivity Commission’s final report recognises the right of people with psychosocial disability to receive the same disability support as people with any other kind of disability”, said Mr Frank Quinlan, CEO of the Mental Health Council of Australia.

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    The Mental Health Council of Australia has welcomed the release of the Productivity Commission’s final report into Disability Care and Support and applauds the inclusion of those experiencing disability caused by mental illness within the final scope of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. “The Productivity Commission’s final report recognises the right of people with psycho-social disability to receive the same disability support as people with any other kind of disability”, said Mr Frank Quinlan, CEO of the Mental Health Council of Australia.

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    The Mental Health Council of Australia has welcomed the Government’s immediate commitment to reforming mental health with the appointment of Robyn Kruk as CEO of the Mental Health Commission. “A national Mental Health Commission is critical in reforming mental health in Australia and we are very pleased that the Prime Minister and Minister Mark Butler has acted so expediently to establish the support structures underpinning the Mental Health Commission”, said MHCA CEO , Frank Quinlan.

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    The Gillard Government’s first budget has delivered on its commitment to mental health with a substantial funding investment and a roadmap for mental health reform in Australia. “This budget demonstrates that the Government has listened to these concerns, especially in providing funding for adults with severe and persist mental illness, funding for youth services and young children, and better accountability and governance measures”, said MHCA CEO Frank Quinlan.

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    The Minister for Mental Health, Mark Butler, announced a series of measures in the 2011-12 Federal Budget. These measures included new spending initiatives, the establishment of a mental health commission, and a ten-year roadmap.

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