The start of 2016 has been a busy one for the policy team. We’ve been working on a number of things that we’d like to tell you about.
- We’re supporting a consumer to speak at a training event for remote and rural GPs in early March. The speaker will talk about his own experience of accessing mental health care through GPs and some tips for the GPs to take home.
- We’re working with a consumer speaker to talk about their experience and views on ECT at an event for adult acute mental health services.
- The NSW Law Reform Commission is reviewing the Guardianship Act. We’ve been looking into the review and thinking about whether we should make a submission. Questions we’re asking ourselves include: what do we currently know about consumers’ experience with the Guardianship Act, and do we have enough information to make a submission that could produce positive impacts for consumers?
- The Senate is asking for public input into its inquiry into the indefinite detention of people with cognitive and psychiatric impairment in Australia. We will be make a submission. We are currently looking at the relevant consumer feedback we have received over the years to decide what issues we should focus on.
- The NDIS Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) Policy Framework is currently open for public comment. We are working on giving some feedback at the moment.
- Our project to develop mental health education resources for the Arabic-speaking community is going well. In the first week of February, with the help of two Arabic-speaking facilitators, we ran four focus groups with the Arabic-speaking community in the area of Bankstown, Campsie and Liverpool. The focus groups asked people what mental health and mental illness mean to them, what they do if they or someone they know is mentally unwell, and what can be done to improve the Arabic-speaking community’s access to mental health information and support. Their feedback will help us work out what mental health education resources need to be developed.
- We’re continuing to work with the Mental Health Commission of NSW to address the findings from the Champions for Change project.
- We’ve been looking at the feedback we got for the ‘There’s no place like home’ Project, particularly the longer comments people made in the surveys. We will start looking at what people said in the focus group discussions soon, and then we will be preparing a short summary of our findings. The Home Project looks at ;what home means’ to consumers, and what helps turn the place we live into the place we call ‘home’. We had received feedback from over 250 consumers across NSW.
- We’ve started organising our annual Recovery Conference and we’re very excited about it! So far, it’s based on the consumer feedback we received from the ‘There’s no place like home’ Project. We’ll keep you posted!
We welcome your input into our work. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Feature artwork by Kerri-Anne Mines from the 2014 Recovery in Art exhibition.