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    One week on from the release of the Productivity Commission Inquiry’s Draft Report into Mental Health, I know our policy team will enjoy a well-earned break this weekend, having compiled such a detailed Preliminary Analysis for the benefit of members and stakeholders.

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    Today’s Draft Report from the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Mental Health mentions the word ‘more’ over 1500 times, because clearly there is a lot more to do. The word ‘less’ is mentioned half that amount, and even less, if you consider the words ‘regardless’, ‘less-likely’ and ‘homelessness’ in context. In short, we can’t find anywhere in the 1261 pages where the Draft Report suggests ‘to do less’ to improve our mental system.

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    For the last twelve months we have acknowledged the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Mental Health as a once in a generation opportunity for true and lasting mental health reform.

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    As I begin to write this final update I am sitting in seat 13D on a flight from Sydney to Townsville, ahead of the World Mental Health Day events to be celebrated there tomorrow. Given this is my last week in the role, perhaps it’s fitting that it’s an exit row!

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    At Mental Health Australia, we are gearing up for what is looking to be a rewarding, busy and exciting World Mental Health Day next Thursday 10 October.

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    It has certainly been quite an emotional week. So many friends and colleagues have taken the time to send good wishes and messages of support…

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    After more than 8 years as CEO I will be leaving Mental Health Australia to take on a new challenge as the Federation Executive Director of the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia.

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    Next week, more than 90 organisations from the mental health and suicide prevention sector will write to the Prime Minister highlighting our Charter 2020: Time To Fix Mental Health. The show of support and unity is timely.

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    This week, in light of World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10 and R U OK ? Day on September 12, I asked Christine Morgan, CEO of the National Mental Health Commission and National Suicide Prevention Advisor to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, to write a guest blog…

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    Tim Fischer was deputy prime minister in John Howard’s government from 1996 to 1999 and leader of the federal Nationals between 1990 and 1999. He will be honoured and at a State Funeral in Albury (my place of birth) today, and after more than 30 years in public life and office, he will be remembered fondly.

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