Beyond Blue is writing a response to the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Mental Health recommendations and we'd like your feedback on our response. You can either sign up to participate in a virtual roundtable on 15 January or provide written feedback.
A bit about the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Mental Health
This inquiry looked at the effect of mental health on people’s ability to participate in and thrive in the community and workplace, and the effects it has more generally on our economy and productivity.
The final report was released on Monday 16 November. It makes recommendations to State and Territory Governments to improve the mental health of people of all ages and cultural backgrounds, working with people who have experience of mental illness, and with their families and carers.
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Five Blue Voices members provided their feedback on the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Mental Health report which informed Beyond Blue's final response.
How did the community feedback shape our response?
The feedback was incredibly helpful in sharpening Beyond Blue’s positions on the recommendations and clarifying which ones to emphasise. Much of the feedback supported and helped us extend our existing positions in our three priority areas: children’s mental health, suicide prevention and building the low intensity stepped care system.
For instance, based on the feedback, we called on government to implement the recommendations for suicide aftercare, but also for alternatives to the emergency department such as a national network of safe spaces.
Other recommendations we prioritised, which the feedback supported, were:
- Positioning the person at the forefront of change and having a genuine mechanism for placing consumers and carers at the centre of design, delivery and evaluation. This will ensure that a system designed for the people who need it, is also designed by them.
- The national digital mental health platform – making sure it’s accessible to everyone and implemented in the short term.
- Filling service gaps to ensure no one falls through the cracks – including better psychosocial support, creating universal access to psychosocial support, and addressing service linkages, care coordination and system navigation.
- Developing the peer workforce, including peers in the emergency department.
- Redesigning the Medicare Benefits Scheme so that Better Access is more equitable and person-led rather than provider-led.
- Creating mentally healthy workplaces.
- Reducing stigma and social exclusion, with a particular emphasis on improving community attitudes towards those with low prevalence mental health conditions and reducing self-stigma for those with higher prevalence mental health conditions
If you have any questions about this activity, please contact the Blue Voice team at firstname.lastname@example.org.