The Mental Health Workforce Advisory Committee and Health Workforce Australia seek your input into the review of the National Practice Standards for the Mental Health Workforce (the Practice Standards) and the subsequent development of core competencies. For further details and to find out when the consultations are on click here
The Care Aware website states: "Every day, 2.6 million Australians wake up to care for somebody else...Carers make an invaluable contribution to our community and a profound difference to the lives of individuals every single day. In fact, the replacement cost of this care is estimated at over $40 billion per year... Care Aware is a national communications initiative that aims to raise awareness, recognition, support and appreciation of the 2.6 million Australians who provide unpaid care and support to family members and friends. We are a nation of carers. It’s time Australia was Care Aware." For more information go to http://careaware.com.au/
"Staggered by the size of the care economy CEO of AEC Group, Simon Smith, was staggered at the recent findings from the report ‘Counting on Care Work in Australia’.
“The unpaid component of the care sector is estimated at 50 per cent of GDP, bigger than the property industry (35- 40 per cent)” he said. “I was surprised at the significant effort that goes into this sector.”" For the full article click here.
AMHOCN are undertaking a review of the outcome measures comprising the National Outcomes and Casemix Collection (NOCC). This project aims to provide recommendations about the next stage of development of outcome measurement in mental health over the next 10 year period. To learn more about the review, go to Measuring Outcomes: The Road Ahead.
They are requesting consumers, carers and clinicians, particularly those who have not been able to attend any of the face-to-face consultations to complete our online survey. The Consumer and Carer Survey and the Survey for Staff of Public Mental Health Services are now available.
The WA Govt has committed to an NDIS. It is estimated the scheme will cost at least $16b a year nationally ($1.7b in WA). The WA Govt supports the recommendation that Canberra pay the extra cost of the scheme as the Govt already pays for 83% of its current disability services. For more information go to http://www.disability.wa.gov.au/disability_reform/ndis.html
On 28 June 2012 the World Health Organization (WHO) launched the QualityRights Tool Kit.
The Tool Kit, sets the key quality and human rights standards that need to be met in all mental health and social care facilities: It also provides guidance on how to conduct a comprehensive assessment, report findings and make recommendations to end violations and improve quality and human rights in facilities.
Visit the QualityRights launch website to learn more about the Tool Kit, the New York event and listen to the speakers: http://www.who.int/mental_health/policy/quality_rights/qrs_tool_kit_launch/en/index.html
To download the WHO QualityRights tool Kit: http://www.who.int/mental_health/publications/QualityRights_toolkit/en/index.html
From 20 September, single people receiving the maximum rate of Age Pension, Disability Support Pension and Carer Payment, as well as veterans’ income support recipients, will receive an extra $17.10 per fortnight. Click here for the press release.
On June 30 the National Disability and Carer Alliance received funding from the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) to talk to people with a disability, their families and carers and service providers about what they believe is important in the design and implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. The NDIS will be launched on July 1 next year in a number of locations around the country and will provide people with a disability and their families with greater choice and control over their services and supports. For more information on a consultation near you click here.
The newsletter 'Living is for Everyone' provides an interesting article to discuss the creation of resources and programs tailored to those bereaved by suicide. Click here for the article
New Website - MindHealthConnect
The mindhealthconnect website is a brand new initiative launched in July 2012 as part of the Australian Government’s National E-Mental Health Strategy.
The site is your trusted gateway to issues surrounding mental health care and your first step to finding relevant support and resources to meet your needs. http://www.mindhealthconnect.org.au/
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