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    Another week in federal politics and unfortunately another leadership spill, the sixth I’ve experienced since starting as CEO at Mental Health Australia in 2011. What does it all mean for mental health in Australia?..

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    Mental Health Australia CEO Frank Quinlan is on holiday this week so we asked Consumer Advocate and former National Mental Health Commissioner, Janet Meagher, to be our guest blogger and outline a project she and her colleagues have been working on. I would like to take this opportunity to raise awareness in the mental health community of some landmark activity that has been going on...

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    This week, Australia's population - exceeding all forecasts - hit 25 million. While some around Australia found cause for celebration in this population milestone, there is another corresponding population milestone that ought to be lamented and deplored: that of our nation's homeless...

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    We started the year by linking arms with the Royal Flying Doctors Service (RFDS) to highlight an important issue around the lack of quality and accessible mental health services in rural and remote Australia...

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    Last week I enjoyed being part of the National Mental Health Commission Australian Mental Health Leaders Fellowship program. A new initiative that follow the proud legacy of the Future Leaders Programme for consumers and carers established in 2014...

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    Twenty five years ago I took up a position at the Australian Medical Association helping general practitioners adapt to computerised medical records in their practices. Dusty wads of paper, index cards, photocopies and facsimiles were to be replaced by digital files...

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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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