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Mental Health Australia CEO Update 10 May 2019

Mental health announcements so far…

Next week we’ll drill down into the final few days of the campaign and how the major parties have responded to our 2019 Election Asks. For now, see below a summary of the many announcements so far.

Coalition
April 13: Youth Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
“Our $503.1 million Youth Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan is the largest suicide prevention strategy in Australia’s history. It will ensure that government activities are coordinated, services are delivered to young Australians at risk and support is available for friends and families.”
Plan focuses on:

  • Strengthening the headspace network,
  • Indigenous suicide prevention,
  • Early childhood and parenting support.

Policy: https://www.liberal.org.au/our-plan-youth-mental-health-and-suicide-prevention

April 16: New headspace for Katoomba
“The Morrison Government will establish a new headspace in Katoomba to provide innovative mental health support for young Australians in the Blue Mountains.”
Release: https://www.liberal.org.au/latest-news/2019/04/16/new-headspace-katoomba

April 20: Strengthening Australia’s World-Class Health System
“The Morrison Government’s ‘Plan for Strengthening Australia’s World Class Health System’ will guarantee Medicare, deliver record bulk billing, an additional $31 billion for hospitals over the next five year agreement, $40 billion for new medicines and research backed by our $20 billion Medical Research Future Fund.”
The Liberal Health policy: https://www.liberal.org.au/our-plan-strengthening-australias-world-class-health-system

April 23: $2 million for the National LGBTI Health Alliance 
“The Morrison Government will provide an additional $2 million to the National LGBTI Health Alliance over two years for the peer support telephone and online support service, QLife.”
Release: https://www.liberal.org.au/latest-news/2019/04/23/2-million-national-lgbti-health-alliance

April 24: Northern Territory health plan
“Funding for Northern Territory public hospitals will triple from $152 million in 2012-13 to $306 million in 2019-20 and further to $467 million in 2024-25, under a new hospitals agreement. We are investing $4.1 billion in Indigenous health over four years, there is record bulk billing in the Northern Territory and more than 2000 new medicines have been subsidised through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.”
Release: https://www.liberal.org.au/latest-news/2019/04/24/northern-territory-health-plan

May 1: More support for older Australians 
“The Morrison Government will continue to prioritise better support for older Australians by investing in a new targeted research centre, funding a new program to combat loneliness while ensuring the aged care workforce meets growing demand in the future.”
Release: https://www.liberal.org.au/latest-news/2019/05/01/more-support-older-australians

May 4: Record investment into Queensland health services
“The Morrison Government is investing an additional $100 million to support south east Queensland patients with new cancer and mental health services and critical hospital infrastructure.”
Release: https://www.liberal.org.au/latest-news/2019/05/04/record-health-investment-queensland-health-services

May 8: National Action Plan to Improve the Health of Children and Young People
“The Liberal Government launched the first National Action Plan for the Health of Children and Young People 2020-2030 which will improve children and young people’s health by focusing on healthy upbringing, prevention, addressing risky behaviours and childhood mental health.”

  • The strategy will:
  • Improve health equity across populations
  • Empower parents to maximise healthy development
  • Tackle mental health and risky behaviours
  • Address chronic conditions and preventive health
  • Strengthen the health workforce.

https://www.liberal.org.au/latest-news/2019/05/08/national-action-plan-improve-health-children-and-young-people

Labor
April 17: Labor to invest in community mental health in Higgins
Labor announce $4 million investment in new Star Health Mental Health Community Hub in Prahran
Release: https://www.pennywong.com.au/media-releases/labor-to-invest-in-community-mental-health-in-higgins/

April 18: Labor’s health plan for the NT
“A Shorten Labor Government will upgrade mental health facilities, fund the purchase of a new Careflight helicopter for Darwin Hospital, and fund major improvements to remote health services as part of a $92 million Northern Territory health package.”
Release: http://www.warrensnowdon.com/2019/04/18/labors-health-plan-for-the-nt/

April 23: Labor to establish headspace centre in Gilmore
Labor candidate for Gilmore, Fiona Philips, announced the plan for a headspace centre in Batemans Bay
Release: http://www.fionaphillips.com.au/labor_to_establish_headspace_centre_in_gilmore

April 27: Labor pledges $12 million for youth drug and alcohol treatment
“A Federal Labor investment of $12 million will enable the Ted Noffs Foundation to expand its drug and alcohol treatment services for young people.”
Release: http://www.tanyaplibersek.com/media_release_labor_pledges_12_million_for_youth_drug_alcohol_treatment_saturday_27_april_2019

April 29: Labor will invest in specialist care for intellectual disability 
“A Shorten Labor Government will improve the health of people with intellectual disability with a $9.5 million investment to tailor health care to their needs.”
Release: https://www.catherineking.com.au/2019/04/29/labor-will-invest-in-specialist-care-for-intellectual-disability/

May 4: Labor will boost resources for Kids Helpline
“A Shorten Labor Government will provide $6 million to Kids Helpline to ensure that children and young people across Australia can access 24/7 free national counselling and support services.”
Release: https://www.catherineking.com.au/2019/05/04/labor-will-boost-resources-for-kids-helpline/

May 5: Filling the gaps in our youth mental health system
“A Shorten Labor Government will invest nearly $200 million in headspace Plus – improving youth mental health services and ensuring young Australians don’t fall through the cracks in Australia’s mental health system.”
Release: https://www.nswlabor.org.au/filling_in_the_gaps_in_our_youth_mental_health_system

May 7: Labor will invest in mental health and suicide prevention reform
“A Shorten Labor Government will invest over $1 billion to drive vital mental health and suicide prevention reform.”
Media Release not available online

May 7: Labor will create Australia’s first national plan for eating disorders and body image research 
“A Shorten Labor Government will commit $20 million to create Australia’s first National Plan for Eating Disorders and Body Image Research.”
Media Release not available online

The Australian Greens
18 April: Greens launch transformative youth mental health policy

  • Make services effective, transparent and accessible
  • Improve access to online services
  • Support young people to help other young people with peer to peer services through providing 1,000 places for peer to peer workers and opportunities for young people to train as peer workers through our free TAFE initiative.
  • Improve services for young people in crisis by providing $250 million over four years in grant funding for community-based assertive outreach programs targeted at children and young people and improve access to face-to-face services by providing $25 million over the next four years for a trial of 50,000 children and young adults to each access 10 group sessions of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.
  • Support young people in the workplace by expanding the Individual Placement and Support trial.
  • Reduce mental health stigma by investing $10 million in a youth mental health stigma strategy.

Full policy: https://greens.org.au/sites/default/files/2019-04/Greens%202019%20Policy%20Platform-Youth%20Mental%20Health.pdf
Release: https://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/articles/greens-launch-transformative-youth-mental-health-policy

23 April: Greens launch plan for universal mental health system

  • Make services effective, transparent and accessible.
  • Fund prevention and early intervention through $500 million in funding over the next decade for communities to implement assertive outreach programs, providing $25 million for a four year trial of 50,000 children and young people to each access 10 group sessions of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and fund online Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for a total of one million users.
  • Support people with severe mental ill health by building a fully funded and adequately staffed NDIS and provide an additional $450 million for community psychosocial services.
  • Build mentally healthy workplaces through providing $604 million over the decade for mental health workplace interventions in smaller businesses and $50 million per year for three years for mental health interventions in larger businesses and expanding the existing Individual Placement and Support trial.
  • Increase the numbers of peer workers by providing $166 million to fund a two-year national peer workforce trial with 1,000 places.
  • Reduce mental health stigma through an anti-stigma campaign involving those with lived experience.

Full policy: https://greens.org.au/sites/default/files/2019-04/Greens%202019%20Policy%20Platform-%20World%20Class%20Mental%20Health.pdf

Release: https://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/articles/greens-launch-plan-universal-mental-health-system

29 April: Greens call for Newstart and Youth Allowance raise
In response to Anglicare Australia’s Rental Affordability Snapshot, Greens release announcement calling for increase to Newstart and Youth Allowance
Release: https://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/articles/anglicare-australia-releases-rental-affordability-snapshot-shows-politicking-raising


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Mad Pride Comedy Festival 4-5 April 2019 at 8pm


Mad Pride
Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2019
Comedy gets its own back on mental health!
Thursday 4th April : Friday 5th April

Featuring Aussie comedians with lived experience:

Sandy Jeffs; Ben Pobjie (The Age; ABC); Maggie Toko (VMIAC);
Heidi Everett; Keir Saltmarsh; Wendy Little; Sharon Andrews;
Jude Perl; Jacci Pillar: Michelle Janssen: Zara Swindells-Grose;
Jay Wymarra: Ben Gaylard; Yvonne Fein; Frederick Rowan.

PLUS two amazing Aussie icons of comedy!!
Thursday 4th April – MC Brian Nankervis
Friday 5th April – Guest Felicity Ward

Fyrefly Room. Newmarket Hotel.
34 Inkerman St. St Kilda.
Show start 8pm
Tickets:  $25/$30

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Friday Extra 29 June 2018

A movie screening…On Richards Side
On 4 July, Little Dreamers is screening On Richards Side, a movie 30 years in the making, with a special guest appearance from Andrew Wiseman, the Director & Producer of the feature.  The movie offers a piercing insight into the everyday trials and joys of living with and caring for someone with a severe disability – as well as shining a much-needed light on the conditions faced by Australia’s 2.8 million carers. See the movie trailer here.
When: Wednesday 4 July from 6 pm
Where: Como Cinema, Level 1, Cnr Toorak Rd & Chapel St, South Yarra, Victoria.
(All proceeds go to Little Dreamers Australia).
Tickets: $10 (Click here to purchase)

Click on the link below to read Friday Extra:

https://mailchi.mp/11b4fd8179ed/friday-extra-29-june-2018?e=a

Mental Health Week 19th Annual Bruce Woodcock Memorial Lecture Wednesday 11 October 2017

Wellways Australia is delighted to announce that one of the nation’s most respected and enduring actors, Jack Charles, will deliver the 19th Annual Bruce Woodcock Memorial Lecture at Arts Centre Melbourne on Wednesday 11 October 2017.

The Woodcock Lecture, taking place for the first time during National Mental Health Week (8–14 October), is one of the most anticipated events on the annual mental health calendar.

This year’s lecture, themed ‘Sharing stories, changing lives’, will focus on the power of sharing personal stories to create hope and possibility for individuals, families and communities. It is about how storytelling can change hearts and minds.

Uncle Jack Charles, as he is widely known, is a member of Australia’s stolen generation. Removed from his mother as a baby, he knew nothing of his Indigenous heritage as a child.

Despite his own struggles in life, Uncle Jack co-founded Australia’s first Indigenous theatre group, Nindethana, in 1971 and forged an illustrious career as both a theatre and film actor. A respected Aboriginal elder, activist and entertainer, Uncle Jack is considered a national treasure. He will bring his remarkable storytelling talents to this year’s Woodcock Lecture, delving into his own life story and experiences to illustrate how positive change can be achieved in our communities.

Following the lecture, Uncle Jack will join a discussion panel of mental health experts including Neil Thomas, Associate Professor of Psychology, Swinburne University of Technology – Centre for Mental Health; Laura Collister, Wellways Director of Mental Health Services, Research and Development, and Ben Matthews, Wellways Peer Services Manager.

The Bruce Woodcock Memorial Lecture is supported by Frank and Patricia Woodcock in memory of their son. Past guest speakers have included national and international leaders in mental health recovery, housing and community inclusion.

Reserve your place for the 19th Annual Bruce Woodcock Memorial Lecture.

Mental Health Week Official Launch Monday 9 October 2017

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/mental-health-week-2017-official-launch-tickets-37021772117

 

Celebrate with us the official launch of Mental Health Week 2017!

Bookings are essential – Refreshments Provided

FREE EVENT!

Mental Health Week 2017 – Official Launch

Monday, October 9, 2017 from 5:00 PM7:30 PM
We welcome you to join the Mental Health Foundation Australia 32nd annual Mental Health Week launch, as part of an international conversation. This community event is held in partnership with the Victorian State Government. It is aimed at encouraging us to influence and celebrate how Aussie workplaces can contribute positively to mental health and wellbeing of all community members in their working environments. Given 45.5% of the population will experience some form of mental illness in their lifetime, workplaces have a critical role to play. Prior to the formalities commencing at 5.00pm, for a 5.30pm start, there will be a public, community and industry information expo from 3.00pm.                                                                 Program includes Keynote speaker Keith Schleiger – Ch 9’s, “The Block” foreman, with great appreciation to “DATS Environmental Services”. Dr David Gillespie – The Hon. Federal Assistant to Health,  Ms Jackie Crowe – National Mental Health Commissioner George Donekian as MC And more Live performance by Wild At Heart, Melbourne Mass Gospel Choir and Heidi Everett Plus Awards to Artist of the MHW 2017 Community Poster, people’s choice award Awards to winners of the creative writing school student’s competition  Please join us for an afternoon and early evening catered for function by The Streat.  We can’t wait to see you, your family, friends, work colleagues, team leaders, managers, employers, CEO’s, board directors. Everyone is welcome!
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