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    Many of us commenced the week confronted by the CCTV footage of Miriam Merten in such a distressed and distressing state in one of our mental health facilities.

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    As Budget day approaches, there is usually a mixture of excitement and dread that builds among those with an interest in budget outcomes – excitement that maybe this budget will be the one to allocate much needed resources; dread that maybe this year will be the one that takes away the resources so vital to a particular project or program.

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    Less than a week away from the Federal Budget and I thought it was a fitting time to look at just how far the mental health sector has come in the last 12 months. Last year, our expectations for the Budget were not very high, and we were not expecting many mental health specific initiatives from the 2016 Budget. As we now know, that is how the night panned out.

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    Two of the key recommendations of our pre-Budget submission this year are to urgently address the gaps opening up in the mental health service system, and to address unprecedented levels of funding uncertainly – which is holding back co-investment and undermining mental health workforce and development. With this in mind, I have noticed a growing trend in our public reform discourse to suggest that where such problems exist, greater competition between services is the answer.

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    Many of us have been reading recent stories in The Australian regarding mental health and the NDIS with great interest. New estimates, new numbers, but to me the same problem exists, just who is responsible?

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    Today I have been in Melbourne with other representatives from across the sector to talk to government about the next draft of the Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan.

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    Some of you will have seen a headline, and story, on the front page of The Australian today saying “Mental health in NDIS a ‘mistake’…” And such a bold assertion requires some careful analysis.

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    Australia is a wonderful country. On Thursday you can be welcoming the Prime Minister to a Parliamentary Advocacy Day, and on Friday you can be dodging salt water crocodiles on a beach in East Arnhem Land! I left the exciting events of Parliament House last week, and travelled directly to Nhulunbuy, on the traditional lands of the Yolgnu people.

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    Yesterday, ‘we, the mental health sector’ united and went to Parliament House to advocate. Not to back one party over another, but to raise our voice across the parliament. What does that mean? It means we went to be heard. We also went to listen, and to do that we met with the key decision makers. Decision makers who can influence real change and real mental health reform for the people that we serve. The one in five Australians who will experience mental illness this year.

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    This week began with a surprise meeting, the Prime Minister inviting a small group to join him and the Minister for Health Greg Hunt to discuss the progress of mental health reform. It was very encouraging to see the Prime Minister and Minister Hunt listening with such interest, and to see a small group of representatives from diverse parts of the mental health sector presenting such a united front.

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