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    Good reports should carry weight and help drive policy, reform and eventually outcomes… And the recent release of the Report of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health certainly has the opportunity to do just that. This UN Special Report lays out some very clear challenges to member states (including Australia), so I’ll let it speak for itself rather than interpret too much.

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    When it comes to raising issues and making recommendations to government about the provision of services under the NDIS for people with psychosocial disabilities related to a mental health condition, we’ve weighed in heavily from the very beginning. We’ve always said the NDIS has great potential to improve the lives of a relatively small population of people with psychosocial disability who have historically missed out on the supports they need to live contributing lives. But we’ve also recognised a range of policy and operational issues around its implementation that simply must be addressed, and appreciate being able to make recommendations for the right change. So just recently, when we were given another opportunity for input, we enthusiastically provided more detail around our recommendation for a much-needed recovery oriented philosophy to be incorporated into the assessment process for access to the NDIS.

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    Former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, once said: “I have two kinds of problems: the urgent and the important. The urgent are not important, and the important are never urgent.” The “Eisenhower Principle” is said to be how he organized his workload and priorities.

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    Many of us commenced the week confronted by the CCTV footage of Miriam Merten in such a distressed and distressing state in one of our mental health facilities.

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    As Budget day approaches, there is usually a mixture of excitement and dread that builds among those with an interest in budget outcomes – excitement that maybe this budget will be the one to allocate much needed resources; dread that maybe this year will be the one that takes away the resources so vital to a particular project or program.

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    Less than a week away from the Federal Budget and I thought it was a fitting time to look at just how far the mental health sector has come in the last 12 months. Last year, our expectations for the Budget were not very high, and we were not expecting many mental health specific initiatives from the 2016 Budget. As we now know, that is how the night panned out.

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    Two of the key recommendations of our pre-Budget submission this year are to urgently address the gaps opening up in the mental health service system, and to address unprecedented levels of funding uncertainly – which is holding back co-investment and undermining mental health workforce and development. With this in mind, I have noticed a growing trend in our public reform discourse to suggest that where such problems exist, greater competition between services is the answer.

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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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