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Mental Health Sector Update - 6 February 2020

This newsletter starts off with details about $64 million in new funding for suicide prevention; the Productivity Commission (PC) report on the performance of government mental health services; and the most recent MHCC ACT submission to the PC inquiry into mental health. We also share important new contact details and referral forms for ACT government mental health services. The National Mental Health Commission has a survey open to inform the development of peer workforce guidelines. We include helpful articles about changes to NDIS transport costs and how to prepare for audits if you are an allied health professional. Listen to an illuminating interview with a person with a background involving trauma who then worked with people traumatised by the recent bushfire crisis. New research throws light on why teenagers are so vulnerable to mental illness and the highly successful Backtrack Youth Works program is expanding around NSW. We often refer to the ‘missing middle’ in this sector – are they missing or just not where our ‘system’ wants them to be? Stigma is so damaging in so many ways, so use facts to debunk stigma around schizophrenia‘Care farming’ is an innovative approach to supporting people with complex mental illness. Read why there is hope for growing recognition that social and economic outcomes are mutually dependent.  This months member spotlight is on ACT Shelter.

Read the full newsletter here.

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