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.
Income support payments for Carer allowance, Austudy and Youth Allowance recipients will increase from 1 January 2013 as a result of indexation. Click here for more details.
Jenny Macklin MP, Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Minister for Disability Reform states
"Australia’s families face different pressures – from balancing the weekly budget to making sure the kids have the things they need for school. Many families sometimes need a bit of extra assistance to help lighten the load.
Like many parents I’ve experienced the pressures that come with raising a family and having a career. As the Minister for Families, I would like to hear from families – every day mums and dads – about the issues they face.
Over the next few weeks, Australian parents have the chance to participate in an online forum run by online democracy group OurSay.
Through this forum, parents can have their say and vote on the issues that matter most to them. The five people who ask the most popular questions will sit down for a chat about these issues over morning tea with me in Sydney next month.
This online forum will give families the opportunity to tell me about the issues they face every day – where people need help, whether the government’s measures are making a difference, and what families would like to know more about.
If you know of families who would be interested in participating, please help spread the word and encourage people to have their say. You can join the online forum at www.oursay.org.
I look forward to hearing what matters most to Australian families in the coming weeks."
15 October 2012Joint Media Release With: JENNY MACKLIN MP
Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
Minister for Disability Reform
The Australian Government has marked the start of Carers Week by announcing a new group that will guide the implementation of the National Carer Strategy.
The Minister for Disability Reform, Jenny Macklin and the Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Senator Jan McLucas announced members of the National Carer Strategy Implementation Reference Group at the official launch of Carers Week (14 – 21 October) at Old Parliament House today.
“The Australian Government knows just how important the role of carers is in the lives of many Australians, and that’s why we are committed to supporting our country’s 2.6 million carers,” Ms Macklin said.
“At the heart of our efforts is the Australian Government’s $60 million National Carer Strategy, launched in August last year, which delivers on the Government’s commitment to better respond to the needs of carers.
“Of course our $1 billion investment in the first stage of a National Disability Insurance Scheme take account of the goals and aspirations of carers, and will support carers of people with disability in their caring role.”
The National Carer Strategy Implementation Reference Group will meet twice a year and continue to progress initiatives under the strategy.
“The group is made up of carers’ representatives, as well as members from the not-for profit and carers sector—people who have first-hand experience, and know what’s important to ensure carers feel supported in their critical role.
These are the National Carer Strategy Implementation Plan, the National Carer Strategy Progress Report and the 2011–2014 Action Plan.
“The progress that we have made and our future focus in implementing some of these priorities are highlighted in three reports we are launching today,” Senator McLucas said.
“Our government has delivered a number of important initiatives in the first year since the National Carer Strategy was introduced.
“The progress report shows our CareAware campaign has been very successful in raising public awareness of the role of carers.”
“Our Young Carer Festivals, which gave young carers the chance to relax and socialise with other young carers, attracted a fantastic response.
“And we have expanded Carers Allowance to include the more than 2,000 additional carers of children with Type 1 diabetes aged between 10 and 16 years.
“Of course we have more work ahead of us, but the progress report shows some encouraging and positive results towards achieving our goals.
“We will continue to monitor our progress through the National Carer Strategy Implementation Reference Group, which we’re appointing today, and which will meet twice a year.
Carers Week runs from Sunday 14 October to Saturday 20 October.
More than 500 events are occurring across the country to celebrate Carers Week.
For more information on Carers Week events, go to www.carersaustralia.com.au.
The 2nd Consultation Draft of the National Mental Health Recovery-Oriented Practice and Service Delivery has now closed. The documents are available on the project's webpage at www.CrazeLateralSolutions.com.
The Australian Government is seeking public opinion on the draft Ten Year Roadmap for National Mental Health Reform (the Roadmap) via an online survey.
The Roadmap is a key component of the Australian Government's Delivering National Mental Health Reform Package of the 2011-12 Budget, and the draft has been developed with states and territories, informed by input from mental health experts, including mental health consumers and carers.
The survey will be available from 16 January 2012 until 7pm AEDST 1 February 2012
Draft Ten Year Roadmap for National Mental Health Reform
7 September 2011
The Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler, today announced the appointment of Monsignor David Cappo AO as Chair of the nation’s first National Mental Health Commission.
Monsignor Cappo has held several senior positions, including as a former national director of the Australian Catholic Social Welfare Commission, Beyond Blue and the former Deputy Chair of the National Mental Health Advisory Committee.
“The new Commission will, for the first time, allow us to properly measure and independently report on what is happening in Australia’s mental health system – with the needs and experiences of consumers and carers placed at the very centre,” Monsignor Cappo said.
The Commission will:
The Government is continuing to consult the mental health sector, including consumers and carers, about the role of the new Commission. The Mental Health Council of Australia this week hosted a workshop, at the Minister’s request, preparing for the Commission’s commencement on 1 January 2012.
The Government is investing $32 million over five years to establish the new Commission, which will be based in Sydney.
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