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Thursday, May 14, 2015
MHiMA National Culturally & Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Consumer & Carer Working Group (NCCCWG)
Release Date: Thursday, 14th April 2015, 4pm (AEST) for immediate release.
Supporting the Call for the Inclusion of Consumer and Carers in
National Mental Health Reforms
The MHiMA National CALD Consumer and Carer Working Group (NCCCWG) supports the call from the National Mental Health Consumer Carer Forum (NMHCCF) for the views of people living with mental illness and their carers to be included in the proposed working groups announced by Minister Ley on Thursday 16th April 2015. The Minister’s announcement was in response to recommendations in the National Mental Health Commission (NMHC) Review of Programmes and Services.
“The voices of consumers and carers are critical to ensuring that these recommendations are informed directly by the those living with mental illness on a daily basis, and we fully support the call by the NMHCCF for the inclusion of consumers and carers in these forums”, said Ãine Tierney MHiMA Consumer and Carer Support Officer who spoke on behalf of MHiMA NCCCWG members.
Most importantly, MHiMA NCCCWG members are pleased that the NMHC Review has included recommendations which acknowledge the importance of addressing the needs of people living with mental illness from immigrant and refugee backgrounds.
“We’d like to ensure a meaningful engagement of people from multicultural backgrounds in the development of future initiatives in mental health and we’d welcome opportunities for a national dialogue in regard to these important issues.” Miss Tierney said.
A practical way, in which we would like to see this achieved, is by the appointment of a Multicultural Mental Health Commissioner based alongside existing Commissioners serving on the NMHC. This is a really critical and important opportunity for the Commonwealth to have access to expertise from the multicultural mental health sector and from MHiMA NCCCWG members to address and bring about tangible improvements to frontline services.
“Such an approach would demonstrate the Government’s commitment to working in partnership with multicultural stakeholders to formulate a solid and enduring policy and funding response to mental health reform that is inclusive of all Australians” said Miss Tierney.
The MHiMA Project has well established links with multicultural mental health stakeholders and consumers and carers who are able to provide professional expertise alongside the collective and individual stories of lived experience. The MHiMA NCCCWG is ready to work in partnership alongside government and other key sector stakeholders and consumers and carers in creating national mental health reform.
The NMHC review proposes a number of recommendations targeting CALD mental health. The MHiMA Project response to the review can be found here: MHiMA response to the National Mental Health Commission Review
For more information or comment please contact Hamza Vayani, National Project Manager MHiMA on 1300 136 289 during business hours.
The MHiMA NCCCWG represents consumers and carers of multicultural backgrounds from Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia and is a member organisation of the NMHCCF. The MHiMA NCCCWG was established to ensure that views, perspectives and experiences of multicultural consumer and carers are embedded across the MHiMA Project.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Mental Health in Multicultural Australia (MHiMA)
Response to National Mental Health Commission Review – Developed Jointly By the MHiMA Executive & MHiMA National Consumer & Carer Working Groups
Tuesday, 28 April 2015, 12pm
(AEST) for immediate release.
View Full Response here
MHiMA welcomes the release of the National Mental Health Commission’s Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services.
In particular, MHiMA welcomes Recommendation 17: “Use evidence, evaluation and incentives to reduce stigma, build capacity and respond to the diversity of needs of different populations” and the associated details provided by the National Mental Health Commission around how it could be achieved in Volume 1 of the report entitled ‘Strategic Directions – Practical Solutions – 1-2 years’.
In addition, MHiMA supports key approaches put forward under Recommendation 17 by the National Mental Health Commission in relation to how it can be practically progressed in the next 1 to 2 years:
- Explore evidence based approaches to reduce stigma and discrimination, and low cost options on how to permeate these approaches throughout the community.
- Engage employers, schools, community organisations and workplaces to take part in local initiatives which improve both mental health understanding and behaviours and reduce stigma and discrimination.
- Improve cultural responsiveness by supporting the widespread adoption of the ‘Framework for Mental Health in Multicultural Australia: Towards culturally inclusive service delivery’ as a tool to help organisations identify what they can do to enhance their cultural responsiveness.
- Require Primary Mental Health Networks (PMHNs) to partner with state-wide transcultural mental health services in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia in planning and developing responses to local community needs; and with PMHNs in other states and territories to identify (or help to develop) alternative mechanisms.
- Adopt clear and explicit equity-oriented targets for people from Culturally and Linguistically (CALD) backgrounds from multicultural communities to include in government funding agreements.
- Extend the National Mental Health Commission’s Seclusion and Restraint Project to look at the specific factors which result in seclusion and restraint for vulnerable people (for example, communication problems).
MHiMA is especially keen to work with the Commonwealth and all relevant stakeholders in advancement of the following three priority areas:
- Priority 1: Focus on Meaningful Service Redesign of Mental Health Services That Optimally Impacts on Frontline Organisation & Quality of Culturally Responsive Care
- Priority 2: Focus on Reducing Red Tape Through Nationally Consistent Health/Mental Health Legislation at Commonwealth, State & Territory Levels
- Priority 3: Focus on Data Collection & Measurement
View full response here
Thursday, November 27, 2014
The MHiMA office will be closed for the Christmas holidays from Thursday 25th December 2014 and will reopen again on Monday 5th January 2015.
We wish everyone a safe and happy break!
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