20 June 2013
In the lead up to the Federal Budget and a Federal Election in 2013, and following COAG’s late 2012 decision to establish indicators to monitor the progress of national mental health reform, the Mental Health Council of Australia (MHCA) conducted consultation workshops with members and stakeholders in all states and territories during April to ascertain short and long-term priorities for the sector. Workshops were held in Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide, Perth and Alice Springs. The aim of these workshops was to identify areas where the MHCA and its members can capitalise on their unique position as advocates to progress mental health reform and improve the lives of people affected by mental illness in Australia. The workshops have provided a strong set of priority areas for the MHCA and each state and territory peak mental health organisation to consider when planning future advocacy efforts. The MHCA would like to thank all those who attended and provided invaluable input into the development of policy agendas at both the national and state/territory levels. Many thanks are also extended to state and territory peak organisations who co-hosted these consultations workshops, and for enabling access to a broad range of stakeholders, consumers and carers who attended each workshop. Download a copy of the Consultation Summary Report below.