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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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    This is the question we posed to consumers at carers when I was the guest of the SANE Forums earlier this week. The overwhelming response only reaffirmed to me that we need to work harder to fix mental health in Australia. Speaking broadly about ‘What is mental health reform? And what does it mean for you?’ I was encouraged by the opportunity to participate in the forum, but more importantly, and as I am lucky enough to do regularly, I benefit greatly from the chance to listen to individual stories of what is working… and what is not.

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    It is time to fix mental health. It is time to act on the reviews, act on the many promises of reform… and most importantly it is time to keep listening, and learning from consumers and carers. The time is right because the sector is united and calling for real reform.

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    The politicians are back, parliament sits next week, and already we’ve heard from the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition as they both try to set up the political year. Today we also heard from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare with a headline report which says $8.5 billion was spent nationally on mental health services in 2014/15 – a reported increase of $911 million from 2010/11. As we finalise our pre-budget submission, the AIHW report is a perfect example of why we need the Commonwealth to commit to targets, measures and accountabilities in relation to mental health spending and service delivery..

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    Happy New Year and I hope you managed a restful and relaxing break with family and friends. Seven years ago this month, Professor Patrick McGorry AO was named Australian of the Year. Bestowed for his tireless work in mental health for young Australians, the honour helped him, and the mental health sector promote the wider cause and continue to reduce stigma. Such an accolade, and the work of many more since has also helped change the language, change the landscape, and change people’s attitudes towards mental health.

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    This update invites mental health service providers to participate in a free webinar designed to help organisations build their ICT literacy and capability and upgrade, or select new systems, in preparation for the NDIS.

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    In this update, you can read about the new NDIS price guide, a Benchmarking study, upcoming webinars and workshops, a Productivity Commission Review of the NDIS and much more.

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    In this update, Mental Health Australia announces that Richmond Wellbeing has been engaged to develop and deliver NDIS peer education and train the trainer workshops nationally as a part of Mental Health Australia’s NDIS Sector Development Fund Capacity Building Project. You can also read about: • a review of NDIS pricing for personal care and community participation • an open consultation on NDIS Specialist Disability Accommodation • NDIS and mental health as discussed at Mental Health Australia’s Member’s Policy Forum • NDIS Local Area Coordination partners in Victoria • the roll out of the NDIS in Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania • the latest transcript from the Parliamentary Joint Standing Committee on the NDIS • a NDIS NSW Market Position Statement • a NSW Mental Health Commission video on NDIS and mental health • a recent NDIS Remote Disability Services Provider Forum • the latest NDIS e-Newsletter.

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    Welcome to the latest edition of Perspectives, an online magazine where we present ideas, essays, and articles about what is happening in the mental health space.

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    In this update, read about: • consultation opportunities on the NDIS Information, Linkages and Capacity Building Commissioning Framework and the Specialist Disability Accommodation Pricing and Payments Framework • updated principles determining the responsibilities of the NDIS and other service systems • a National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) Mental Health Sector Reference Group (NMHSRG) communique • the recently released NDIS Independent Advisory Council Annual Report • a transcript from a public hearing recently conducted by the Parliamentary Joint Standing Committee on the NDIS • the most recent NDIS eNewsletter from the NDIA.

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