National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum
(NOTE name change)
Melbourne 27th & 28th April 06
Day one saw the election of Co-Chairperson (Consumer) Isabell Collins (Vic.)
And Deputy Co- Chairperson (Consumer) Vivian Jarrett (Blue Voices)
After a budget update we were given a Presentation on the Reduction of Seclusion & Restraint (A DVD has been promised, that tells all!) Auseinet followed with a Presentation, Susan Mitchell left us with some well produced resources www.auseinet.com will get you there.
The State & Territory reports were then tabled, the day concluded with a presentation from John Castley, who is currently on secondment from DIMA to the MHCA, John spoke on the Detention Health Advisory Group, the group has been established to provide independent expert advice on health care for people in immigration detention.
Day two commenced with an informative over view of several topics from Sebastian Rosenberg (Deputy CEO MHCA), this was followed by a briefing from Centre Link, covering DSP & W2W as most of us will be “Grandfathered”, we will not have to worry about “Participation Failure” (replaces breaching!)
Wrapping up the day we looked at Priorities & Projects including COAG, for 2006-7
The two days gave me the opportunity to “Network” with delegates from the other States & Territories, getting a feel for what is good & what is not so good across the Nation.
Australian Mental Health Consumers Network
LABOUR TURNS ITS BACK ON
PEOPLE WITH EATING DISORDERS
Shadow Minister for Mental Health Gladys Berejiklian today revealed there are just seven dedicated beds for adults with eating disorders in New South Wales.
This represents the failure of the Iemma Labor Government to adequately address a mental health issue that touches thousands of families across the state, Ms Berejiklian said.
In NSW there are only 7 dedicated adult eating disorder beds, she said.
Three of these beds are at Westmead Hospital and service only locals, leaving just four to service the rest of the state.
Where other states provide ongoing support services for sufferers once they leave hospital, no such services exist in NSW.
And the Iemma Labor Government does not provide financial support for non-Government organisations specialising in eating disorders.
Studies in western countries, including Australia, place the rate of people suffering eating disorders at 5% of the population, with females accounting for the majority of cases.
Most of the Area Health Services across NSW do not have any support available for people with eating disorders let alone any comprehensive programmes for prevention and early intervention.
Non-Government community based support services do an outstanding job under difficult circumstances but they are prevented from helping more people because the State Government refuses to fund them.
This is further evidence the Iemma Labor Government is failing to give mental health the priority it deserves, Ms Berejiklian said.
For further comment contact Gladys Berejiklian 0417 236 627