MHCC ACT Submission - National preventative
health strategy

MHCC ACT welcomes the opportunity to make a submission on the development of the National
Preventative Health Strategy which forms part of the third pillar for mental health and preventative
health as outlined in Australia’s Long Term Health Plan.
The key points MHCC ACT makes in this submission can be summarised as following:
1. We strongly endorse the need for a national preventative health strategy with attached
funding to achieve the changes needed. This will improve outcomes for Australian’s quality
of life and government budget bottom lines.
2. To optimise outcomes the strategy needs to be grounded in a broad social and economic
determinants of health and wellbeing framework – to confine it to health systems will limit
its success. In this regard, and in relation to point 4 below, MHCC ACT recommends the
development of a national wellbeing index.
3. The importance of mental health is missing from the current strategy: (1) in terms of its
prevalence and burden of disease in Australia; (2) in recognition of the relationship between
mental and physical health; (3) as a key early focal area for strategy actions; (4) in light of the
dramatically increasing prevalence of mental distress following the events of 2020; and (5) in
representation on the Expert Steering Committee.
4. We recommend a goal be added to the strategy to make it a whole of government
responsibility: “All government policies and decision making will account for the impact on
peoples’ health and wellbeing”’. This will capture the impacts on health and wellbeing from
all policies, including social welfare, housing and climate.
5. We recommend an additional enabler: “Systems enable equitable access”
6. We ask for deeper engagement and broader consultation in the development of this
strategy, including once it starts to be implemented.

MHCC ACT Submission - NDIS Supported
Independent Living

MHCC ACT welcomes the consultation paper on Supported Independent Living (SIL) and
hopes it will lead to a better framework that will benefit participants. MHCC ACT looks
forward to contributing to the second phase of consultation around SIL in 2021.
MHCC ACT wants to take the opportunity to thank our stakeholders for their input into this
submission.

MHCC ACT Submission - Position paper on the
National Disability
Strategy

MHCC ACT welcomes the opportunity to provide feedback on the consultation paper on new
the National Disability Strategy (NDS). As a peak body for mental health service providers,
we approach the consultation paper with a lens on the inclusion of people with psychosocial
disabilities and mental health issues in the Australian community. For that reason, MHCC
ACT wants to encourage DSS to incorporate the relevant findings of the report of the
Productivity Commission on mental health (once released) into the new NDS. The report
addresses accessibility and inclusion of people with psychosocial disabilities in various
domains of their lives.

MHCC ACT Submission - Response to NDIS support coordination discussion paper

MHCC ACT welcomes the discussion paper on support coordination and hopes it will lead to a better understanding and recognition of support coordination and what it can mean for participants. As a peak body for mental health service providers, we approach the discussion paper with an aim of support coordination meeting the needs of people with psychosocial disability within the NDIS framework.

MHCC ACT Submission - Inquiry into NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission

MHCC ACT would like to thank the Standing Committee for the opportunity to make a submission on the performance of the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission. This submission is based on feedback from our members regarding their dealings with the Commission. We will be limiting this submission to points from the terms of reference in relation to the input received from our member organisations. We also note that our member organisations primarily provide services to people with psychosocial disability (PSD) and consequently our comments are from that perspective.

MHCC ACT Submission to the Join standing Committee's Inquiry into the NDIS Workforce

MHCC ACT would like to thank the Joint Standing Committee for the opportunity to make a submission on the NDIS work force. MHCC ACT feels that it would be redundant to go into detail on matters that have already been well researched and published. We have opted to provide the committee with a selection of previous publications with findings and recommendations still pertinent now. If implemented they will greatly assist in achieving the NDIS as it was envisioned at its conception: to provide people with a disability with high quality and innovative supports to maximise their independent lifestyles and full inclusion in the community.

MHCC ACT Submission Inquiry into youth mental health in the ACT

MHCC ACT would like to thank the Standing Committee for the opportunity to make a submission on youth mental health in the ACT. MHCC ACT supports the recommendations that came out of the review commissioned by the Office of Metal Health and Wellbeing, published in December 2019. The review was conducted in collaboration with a wide range of community based and government organisations and had input from young people and their carers. This review can be found here:
https://cms.health.act.gov.au/sites/default/files/2020-03/OMHW%20Children%20and%20Young%20People%20Report_0.pdf

MHCC ACT 2020/21 ACT Budget Priorities

It’s time to invest in ACT community mental health services. Investment to ensure a strong vibrant community mental health sector offering best practice services by a highly qualified workforce is consistent with ACT government policy.

MHCC ACT Submission - NMHC National Mental Health Response Plan to COVID-19

MHCC ACT thanks Mental Health Australia and the National Mental Health Commission for informing us about the development of this plan and providing an opportunity for input.

Read the MHA Issues Paper - Mental Health Response Plan for COVID-19:

https://mhaustralia.org/sites/default/files/docs/mental1.pdf

Read the NMHC National Mental Health and Wellbeing Pandemic Response Plan:

https://www.mentalhealthcommission.gov.au/getmedia/1b7405ce-5d1a-44fc-b1e9-c00204614cb5/National-Mental-Health-and-Wellbeing-Pandemic-Response-Plan

MHCC ACT Submission - Joint Standing Committee Inquiry into the NDIS Workforce

MHCC ACT would like to thank the Joint Standing Committee for the opportunity to make a submission on the NDIS work force. MHCC ACT feels that it would be redundant to go into detail on matters that have already been well researched and published. We have opted to provide the committee with a selection of previous publications with findings and recommendations still pertinent now. If implemented they will greatly assist in achieving the NDIS as it was envisioned at its conception: to provide people with a disability with high quality and innovative supports to maximise their independent lifestyles and full inclusion in the community.

MHCC ACT Submission - Productivity Commission Inquiry into Mental Health

This is MHCC ACT 3rd contribution on behalf of its members to this important Productivity Commission inquiry process.

MHCC ACT Submission - Productivity Commission inquiry into the social and economic benefits of improving mental health

MHCC ACT would like to thank the Productivity Commission for the opportunity to contribute to this important inquiry. As well as comments and suggestions in response to the Commissions Issues Paper, MHCC ACT has included a number of ‘resource suggestions’ in our submission. These are people, websites and articles which may further inform the Commission in its work, and are placed according to the relevant subject matter.

MHCC ACT Submission - Moving Canberra: Integrated Transport Draft Strategy Submission

MHCC ACT’s submission will focus on the needs of people living with mental illness and their carers, referred to as ‘lived experience’ who use public transport. People with lived experience of mental health issues are often socially isolated. Access to safe public transport is one method of reducing such isolation yet the evidence shows that as a cohort they travel less.

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