NSW Parliament

NSW Parliamentary Briefing – Productivity Commission Inquiry into Mental Health Position Paper

The Position Paper was sent to members on all sides of the NSW Parliament, with a call to urgently increase investment in mental health services. As a priority, the MHCC Position Paper urges the NSW Government to lock down an agreement over funding for mental health with the Commonwealth Government.

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

The submission focused on planning challenges and the significant impacts of low pricing for working with people with complex needs. We call for more outreach to people with mental health conditions eligible for the NDIS, to take pressure off acute mental health services.

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 […]

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.

Minister for Mental Health: Support for Physical Health initiatives across mental health community services in NSW

The primary focus of the proposal is provision of a Physical Health Infrastructure Grant Round to the sector designed to seed fund establishment of processes and activities within organisations and between organisations and primary and other health care agencies.

Social Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2015: Proposal to deny payment of social security benefits to forensic patients who are detained

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.

Mental Health Amendment (Statutory Review) Bill 2014

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.

NSW Premier: Urgent metro homelessness funding concerns

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.

NSW Mental Health Commission’s Strategic Plan, and services for people with coexisting mental Illness and intellectual disability

MHCC writes to The Hon. Jai Rowell, MP in support of NSW Council for Intellectual Disability (CID) concerns around people with coexisting difficulties falling through services gaps.

NSW Parliamentary Committee on Health Complaints Commission: Inquiry into false and misleading health related information or practice

MHCC suggests that our current legal system provides for action against individuals and companies who do harm to others, and that it is the role of public watchdogs such as Fair Trading or the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to undertake investigations surrounding false and misleading information.

Minister Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Disability Reform: Early intervention and the NDIS

MHCC comments following the publication of the draft NDIS Rules released 5 March 2013. In particular the issue of early intervention for people with mental health conditions currently accessing a number of block funded community programs including Day to Day Living, PHAMs, and state level programs such as Boarding House reform programs.