- Exploring a New Model for the NSW Mental Health Review Tribunal
- Mental Health Act Review 2012: Family and Carer Tribunal Issues
- Mental Health Act Review 2012: Mental Health Review Tribunal Supervision of Care Issues
- Mental Health Act Review 2012: Primary Carer Recognition issues
- Mental Health Act Review 2012: Scope of Mental Health Act; Involuntary Treatment
Are you in NSW? Arafmi NSW has some great resources for you. Check out their website: http://www.arafmi.org or click on the below for their recent news stories.
The November edition is now out: Click here to download!
It has some interesting articles about NSW Mental Health Act Review.
The NDIS website states" On 29 November 2012, the draft legislation for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) (the Bill) was introduced into Federal Parliament. There will be several opportunities to provide formal feedback on the Bill in the coming weeks, before it is voted on in time for the NDIS launch from mid next year.
NDIS ‘YourSay’ will be holding several forums to seek feedback on parts of the Bill and the Discussion Paper. The attached document provides an overview of the legislation." Click here for the forum and for more information on consultations.
The NDIS Update 27 states: "Today the Prime Minister introduced legislation for the National Disability Insurance Scheme into the Commonwealth Parliament. You can watch her speech online here, just as people with disability, their families and carers and NDIS campaigners from around the country did this morning, from the public gallery of the House of Representatives. The legislation sets out the framework for a national scheme – a framework that will initially operate in five launch sites from mid-next year." For the full update click here.
CMHA and AMHOCN have been funded by the Department of Health and Ageing to investigate the current usage of measures for consumer and carer outcomes in the sector and to identify examples of good practice. This survey will inform a literature review and final report to the major funders of community managed mental health services, including DoHA, FaHCSIA, and most jurisdictions. All available measures will be reviewed and a candidate set of tools will be identified as those offering the most value to consumers and services in the community managed mental health sector.
Responding organisations will be provided with a summary of the project findings, detailing what tools are currently in use, how they are used, and which tools are the most suitable to the community managed sector.
We want to hear from both mental health services that currently measure outcomes and those that don't. If your organisation does not currently measure outcomes we would like to know why that is. We encourage you to take the survey, which will only ask you a short set of questions.
The results of this survey will be influential in future national and cross-jurisdiction decision making. Please follow the link below to help us build a national picture on outcome measurement in the sector:
If you would like to know more about this project please contact the CMHA project officer:
Tully Rosen, Policy Officer
Mental Health Coordinating Council (NSW)
Phone: (02) 9555 8388 ext. 108
REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN
The Recognition and Respect: Mental Health Carers Report 2012 has been released by the Mental Health Council of Australia. The report provides an insight into the lives of some of the most dedicated yet vulnerable members of our community: people who regularly carer for someone with a mental illness. The report is based on a survey of 508 mental health carers focussing on the 15 key issues identified in the 2008-2009 workshops and describes carers perspectives on the services available to them and the people for whom they care.
The 2 previous reports (Adversity to Advocacy: the lives and hopes of mental health carers (2009) and the Mental Health Carers report 2010) are also downloadable.
Do you have trouble remembering all of your medicines?
Mental health medicines result in the highest number of calls to NPS Medicines Line, suggesting that people taking these medicines and their carers have a lot of questions about their medicines. Being medicinewise will help you make better decisions for you and those you care for, and includes:
What if I am offered a different brand? The active ingredients are what make your medicines work. If your pharmacist offers you an alternative brand of a prescription medicine you can be sure it will work the same way as your usual medicine. For particular medicines and for some individuals, substitution is not recommended. Remember it’s your choice. You may choose an alternative brand of medicine or stay with your prescribed or usual brand. Check with your pharmacist or doctor if you are not sure.
Where can I find out more? NPS MedicineWise has information and resources on a variety of medicine related topics, all of which can be downloaded or ordered from www.nps.org.au . Many of the resources are available in up to 10 languages.
The NPS Medicines List helps you to keep an up–to-date record of all medicines you are taking, so you can share it with your health professionals and avoid medicine mix ups.
The Medimate resource contains information about what a medicine is, the risks and benefits; and important questions to ask doctor or pharmacist. You will also find more about generic medicines and your brand choices.
NPS Medicines Line can provide information or answer your questions about medicines, for example how to take the medicine, possible side effects or interactions with other medicines.
Call 1300 MEDICINE (1300 633 424) Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm AEDT, for the cost of a local call (calls from mobiles may cost more).
NPS MedicineWise is an independent, not-for-profit, evidence based organisation that aims for a medicinewise Australia through enabling better decisions about medicines and medical tests.
NPS MedicineWise is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health of Ageing.
27 November 2012
Up to $4.5 million in funding for projects to tackle the high rate of Indigenous suicide are now available for application until 21 December.
Minister for Mental Health Mark Butler said community-led projects targeting suicide prevention were an important part of addressing issue.
“Funding for projects specifically targeting suicide prevention in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities is a vital part of the Government’s suicide prevention strategy."For the full media release click here.
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