MHCC ACT Submission - Productivity Commission inquiry into the social and economic benefits of improving mental health
01/19 - 01/23
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.
As I look back at the past year I am very proud to report that the staff team have gone above and beyond to deliver on projects and activities through a period of significant staff change and turbulence in the environment. I am also pleased to report that the current staff team is as harmonious and well-functioning as any in my years at MHCC ACT.
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.
The report, ‘When the NDIS came to the ACT – A story of Hope and Disruption in the Mental Health Sector’, looks at whether the introduction of the NDIS in the ACT has left people with mental illness and psychosocial disability better off.
It has been another busy and eventful year for MHCC ACT. In an environment of constant and far-reaching change, the staff and Board have worked hard to keep on top of the changes and to advocate for the community-managed mental health sector in the ACT.
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.
This edition of newparadigm gathers together the lessons learned from practitioners and organisations who have attempted to reorganise policy and practice in this way to better address the needs of mental health service users.
The last year has seen significant change within Mental Health Community Coalition ACT. The leadership change in the Executive Officer role, from Ian Rentsch to Simon Viereck, a new team of staff and implementation of structural changes has proven to be a fruitful challenge and enhanced our capacity to represent the community mental health sector.