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    Mental Health Australia has today called for governments to ensure the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) does not reduce services for people with mental illness. “While it’s true that some people have received good support under the Scheme, we are consistently hearing feedback from the trial sites that people with a disability relating to mental illness are too often being left confused and disheartened,” Mental Health Australia CEO Frank Quinlan said.

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    Mental Health Australia is calling on the Federal Government to commit to a ten year program of action to reform mental health. This follows the release of Mental Health Australia’s final submission to the National Mental Health Commission’s Review of Mental Health Services and Programmes, our Blueprint for Action on Mental Health. This reform agenda will take at least ten years of careful, dedicated and planned action. With the current review now nearly over, and with enormous public support for system reform, we must seize this opportunity to undertake a period of well-targeted action

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    Children’s Week provides an opportunity for the country to consider a mental health and wellbeing focus at each stage of early life development, according to Mental Health Australia.

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    People who regularly and voluntarily care for someone with a mental illness spend an average of 104 hours per week in their caring role, often with very little support>/p>

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    Today is World Mental Health Day, providing an opportunity for us to focus as a nation on an issue that affects us all. “With one in five Australians experiencing a mental illness in the next 12 months, mental health is an issue we all must take seriously,” Mental Health Australia CEO Frank Quinlan said.

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    Mental Health Australia is calling on the Australian Government to lead a decade-long, systemic reform program for mental health, following the outcome of the National Mental Health Commission’s Review into Mental Health Services and Programmes. The call comes as the peak body released a seven point plan to reform Australia’s mental health system.

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    To mark World Mental Health Day, sector peak Mental Health Australia is running their ‘Mental Health Begins with Me!’ campaign, encouraging people to take personal ownership of their own mental health and wellbeing.

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    Systemic reform of the mental health system is the best way to prevent suicide, according to Mental Health Australia. Today is World Suicide Prevention Day, highlighting the need for governments and the community to change the way we deal with mental illness. “Suicide can be prevented - but the current mental health system needs to be refashioned to prioritise prevention and to provide an immediate and appropriate response for those in crisis, ” Mental Health Australia CEO, Frank Quinlan said

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    Mental Health Australia has called for a complete rethink of the way the welfare system treats people with psychosocial disabilities associated with mental illness. Responding to the Interim Report from the current Review of Australia’s Welfare System, Mental Health Australia has rejected the Review’s proposal that the Disability Support Pension be provided only to people who have ‘a permanent disability with no capacity to work’. “Why would we re-build a system that is based on people continuously proving how sick they are, rather than a system focussed on assisting people to fully realise their potential?” Mental Health Australia CEO Frank Quinlan said.

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    Mental Health Australia has today welcomed the Australian Medical Association’s (AMA) proposal that people treated under mental illness Medicare items be exempted from GP co payments.

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