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    The Mental Health Australia 2018-19 pre-Budget Submission takes account of the Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan and provides other key...

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    The 2017-18 Federal Budget has been welcomed by Mental Health Australia, as it starts to address one of mental health’s most critical issues – gaps in...

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    Overview At the time of writing, Australia’s mental health sector is facing unprecedented change and uncertainty. After several years where mental health...

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    “Recovery-oriented practice and service delivery recognises the unique role of personal and family relationships in promoting wellbeing, providing care, and...

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    Mental Health Australia is investigating the way in which funding arrangements can impact on the day-to-day delivery of services, including in terms of coordination and integration, flexibility and innovation, accountability and red tape. This discussion paper seeks views on alternative approaches to commissioning and contracting of services that might better support the achievement of mental health outcomes.

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    In late November 2014 Mental Health Australia conducted a survey of non-government organisations in the mental health sector about the impact of uncertainties over funding from the Australian Government. A summary of the survey findings is provided below. The survey results demonstrate the very real impact that funding uncertainty is currently having on organisations and underscores the urgent need for government to clarify funding arrangements as soon as possible.

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    The MHCA 2013-14 Annual Report was tabled at our Annual General Meeting on 9 October 2014.

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    Following consultation with its members and stakeholders, Mental Health Australia has released its Seven Point Plan for Action on Mental Health. The Seven Point Plan identifies the key actions required to improve national mental health outcomes, and will inform Mental Health Australia’s advocacy as the National Mental Health Commission completes its Review of Mental Health Services and Programs on behalf of the Australian Government.

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    The MHCA 2012-13 Annual Report was tabled at our Annual General Meeting on 9 October 2013.

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    Over the last 12 months the MHCA’s collaborative work with the mental health sector has highlighted the significant concerns consistently raised by mental health consumers, carers and service providers about the design and implementation of the NDIS, and the implications these may have for service access, quality and financial sustainability. These concerns are described in more detail in our position paper. In response to these concerns, and through our ongoing advocacy to government and the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), the MHCA was asked by the NDIA to develop a proposal for a new approach to trialling and implementing the NDIS to better meet the needs of mental health consumers and carers.

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