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.
MHCC responds to the questions raised in the Discussion Paper.
MHCC expresses a number of concerns that relate to the ability of current mechanisms for both systemic and individual advocacy to meet those stated objectives, outcomes and outputs.
MHCC propose that this removal of financial support is punitive and will create further disadvantage affecting the potential for a person’s recovery and rehabilitation after they leave forensic facilities. This policy change will disproportionately affect Aboriginal people with coexisting mental illness and cognitive impairment as they are significantly over represented in forensic environments.
A strong, diverse, specialised and collaborative community managed mental health sector is essential to the success of the NSW Mental Health Strategic Plan 2014-2024.
The proposed amendments to the NSW Mental Health Act are uncontroversial, however, MHCC are disappointed that there is an absence of the positive rights that might be activated. This falls far short of the Election Commitment the NSW Government made in the wake of the Waterlow Case and recommendations from various quarters including the Deputy State Coroner.
MHCC comments on the Equality, Capacity & Disability in Commonwealth Laws: Discussion Paper 81.
MHCC comments, the paper lists a number of issues for stakeholders relevant to the review and the Terms of Reference.
MHCC provides comment to the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council regarding the National Code of Conduct for Health Care Workers.
MHCC provided feedback via the online survey, which was the method provided to the community. In order that members may review our comments,we have provided the section headings and questions asked, together with our responses in this document.
With the recent announcement by the Commonwealth Government to commit to 12 months stopgap funding under the National Partnership Agreement on Housing,
the MHCC urge the NSW Government to reconsider the substantial reduction of funding (approx. $7m) being provided through the Going Home Staying Home Reform Plan in the Sydney inner city area.