The National Mental Health Commission has made a commitment to a regular and independent qualitative survey of people with mental health difficulties and their families/carers. The survey will consider access to services, as well as perceptions and experiences. Work on the National Contributing Life Project began early this year and Craze Lateral Solutions is now seeking your feedback and comment to inform the survey’s development/methodology. There are a number of ways you can provide feedback to the project leads, Leanne and Ross Craze. To do so go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/F8CSJVX
Federal MP Amanda Rishworth has assumed the role of Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities & Carers. Adelaide-born Ms Rishworth worked as a psychologist delivering mental health care in the community before being first elected in 2007. “We are on the cusp of historic changes which will benefit people with disability and all Australians for generations. DisabilityCare Australia (National Disability Insurance Scheme) will be rolled out from July.” she said.
The appointment of Melissa Webb, a COPMI – children of parents with a mental illness – herself, to the new Arafmi position of COPMI Resource/Education Officer attracted the attention of the media. In an interview with 6PR’s Graham Mabury, Arafmi Executive Director, Mike Seward, explained the issues for COPMI who, “from an early age provide help and assistance to a parent with a mental illness”. Mr Mabury said mental illness in a family was acknowledged as a real problem for family members but few understood COPMI issues. COPMI “can emerge strong, they can develop resilience,” Mike told 6PR. The issue was also reported on website WA Today. Arafmi is increasing its support and raising awareness of WA’s estimated 50,000 COPMI. See http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/children-are-forgotten-victims-of-mental-health-20130423-2ic5s.html
Arafmi has been praised by Disability Reform Minister, Jenny Macklin, and federal member for Perth and Defence Minister, Stephen Smith. The two federal Ministers called at Arafmi’s Perth head office this week to announce 1 of 3 federal grants. Arafmi will provide carer services for the Midwest/Gascoyne, Personal Helpers and Mentors (PHaMs) services for Cockburn and expanded carer services in Wanneroo, Joondalup and Swan. Ms Macklin said Arafmi would provide more counsellors, more people working with young people and more opportunities for respite. “We know how important it is for carers to have respite”, the minister said that after talking to young carers on Arafmi’s school holiday program. She saw how the children had respect for Arafmi staff and how well staff interacted with the children. “Congratulations to Arafmi,” she said. Minister Smith said, “Governments can do a lot but the community depends on family members and Non Govt Organisations like Arafmi for their invaluable support.” Arafmi Board members, staff and carers interacted with the ministers at a morning tea. Arafmi Executive Director, Mike Seward, said the funding would greatly assist carers/families to maintain their important caring roles. See also http://jennymacklin.fahcsia.gov.au/node/2313
The Victorian Government has recently announced an integrated review of a range of state-funded mental health consumer and carer programs and published an updated information on the program.
To access the program updated information: click here
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SANE Australia is partnering in a major new study looking at how far mental health services have progressed since deinstitutionalisation, and what needs to be done.
The report will be released before the September Federal Election and aim to make mental health reform a priority in the political debate.
Add your voice by taking part in the study today!
Survey for people with experience of mental health services: http://bit.ly/174mxym Survey for general community: http://bit.ly/100UU2O
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