Submissions

Submissions by MHCC on behalf of members and the sector

In consultation with the sector, MHCC responds to policy and legislative reform through submissions to both State and Commonwealth governments, departments and human service agencies.

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NSW Government Inquiry: Implementation of the NDIS and the provision of disability services in NSW

This submission focused on the access and planning challenges that people are experiencing and the significant challenges being experienced by organisations given the low pricing for working with people with complex needs. We call for the need for an assertive outreach and engagement strategy to identify people with mental health conditions eligible for the NDIS. This will help people to live well in the community and take pressure off the already overburdened acute/public mental health services system.

August 2018

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Mental Health and Cognitive Impairment Forensic Provisions Bill 2018 (NSW): Second Draft Proposals

MHCC commented that whilst the language of the draft bill does not sit very comfortably within a ‘recovery oriented approach’ we appreciate its aim to ensure that people living with mental health and cognitive impairments will be more appropriately understood as two distinct groups that are both covered by the Act; which helps courts to identify defendants and to make decisions that will better assist defendants receive appropriate treatment and support earlier.

August 2018

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NSW Law Reform Commission: Review Guardianship Act 1987 (NSW): Draft Proposal – Establishment of a Public Advocate in NSW and the role of Community Advocacy

MHCC is one of many organisations and agencies that thoroughly endorse the need to establish a Public Advocate to respond to matters of abuse, neglect and exploitation of vulnerable people in community mental health and human service settings, and highlighted the vital and complimentary role community advocates play.

February 2018

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Inquiry into the Management of Health Care Delivery in NSW

Following an earlier submission to the Inquiry of 6 March 2017, MHCC took the opportunity to provide an update on relevant changes that occurred during the intervening six months affecting our original comments. Discussion mainly centred on the utilisation of the National Minimum Date Set which will enable the CMO sector to review of its role and capacity to sustain quality outcomes.

October 2017

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Inquiry into the Management of Health Care Delivery in NSW

Until CMO MoH funded programs are seen as key to long term outcomes for consumers and carers, and not separate to reforms and quality improvement, or as additional to mental health services provided by the public sector, their ability to measure quality and effectively plan for the future will be compromised.

March 2017

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