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    Yesterday, Mental Health Australia staff took part in a traditional ‘healing circle’, a NAIDOC Week event exploring Aboriginal cultural beliefs around healing or ‘recovery’ and its links to country and community. Aunty Matilda spoke about how, in her own culture, the emphasis is not on the illness, problem or dysfunctional behaviour that needs to be fixed...

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    This week, the political discourse has included allegations of sexist comments and abuse in the Australian Senate. Subsequently, on ABC breakfast radio, the Senator accused of this sexist abuse said the following...

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    Earlier this month, a journalist at The West Australian newspaper responded to our Investing to Save report saying increased investment and better support services can only be effective when accompanied by a “supportive workplace and community culture” around mental health. And he’s right...

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    Earlier this week we acknowledged those mental health advocates who received Queen’s Birthday honours. Consumers, professionals, peer workers, administrators and advocates were all recognised for their contribution to their local community, with a particular focus on mental health...

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    This week the ABC announced their “Top 5” scientists for 2018. Each year the ABC and the University of New South Wales seek to identify “Australia’s next generation of research talent." A few things struck me about this year’s award...

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    I’m glad we think about homelessness at winter time. But it also reinforces some unhelpful stereotypes. Insecure housing is with us all year round, and summer is no comfort. In Australia, the homelessness toll now exceeds even our worst natural disasters, but unlike so many natural disasters, homelessness is frequently invisible.

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    At the beginning of the week, under the fig trees in Mullumbimby, I had the privilege of watching a diverse and talented group of individuals share their stories – their unique experiences of mental illness – on stage in front of a live audience at the Renew Fest This is My Brave show.

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    This week I was pleased to accept an invitation to speak at the Hobson’s Bay Mental Health Professionals Network in Melbourne. After a week of sometimes turgid budget meetings and analysis, it is always re-invigorating to touch base with the people doing the real work, on the ground.

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    To know where we’re going, it’s sometimes good to look back at where we’ve come from. And more importantly, look at how far we’ve come. Five years of budget summaries for mental health. Some years with not much joy at all, some with more, and always more to do no matter what the result.

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    Shortly after the official launch of Investing to Save this week, we learned the report was already being discussed in mental health and economic circles internationally…

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