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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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    In less than a fortnight more than 80 representatives from the mental health sector will converge on Parliament House in Canberra for the Mental Health Australia Parliamentary Advocacy Day. United and representing a diverse group of advocates, consumers, carers and health professionals, our aim is for a bi-partisan systematic approach to fixing mental health in this nation.

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    Dear friends of Mental Health Australia, It is with the deepest of sadness I write to acknowledge we lost a dear friend of Mental Health Australia last week.

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    Mental Health Australia has a clear vision of mentally healthy people, and mentally healthy communities. This weekend, thousands of people in our community will celebrate the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. For nearly 40 years, Mardi Gras has grown to represent so much more than a march of pride through city streets. And for many LGBTIQ Australians, it is an important, and sometimes the only weekend where routine discrimination does not cast its dark shadow. Discrimination that is a huge contributor to poor mental health.

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    The release of the Productivity Commission’s Issues Paper and study into National Disability Insurance Scheme Costs this week, is an important next step in building a successful NDIS for all Australians. For the last couple of years we have been advocating to explore the scale, sustainability and real costs of the NDIS and its relationship with the mainstream mental health system, and this study is a further chance to do just that.

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