COVID-19 Legislation Amendment (Emergency Measures) Bill 2020: initial Being response

March 26, 2020

POSITION STATEMENT: COVID-19 EMERGENCY AMENDMENTS TO THE NSW MENTAL HEALTH ACT 2007: CONSUMER PERSPECTIVES LEFT OUT On 24 March 2020, the NSW Government passed a bill to make changes to several legislative processes for emergency procedures. The COVID-19 Legislation Amendment (Emergency Measures) Bill 2020 was passed in NSW Parliament without any broader consultation or engagement […]

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NDIS WentWest Consultation Update

January 12, 2018

In September, Elena and Kirsten attended WentWest in Western Sydney to hold a consultation about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and mental health. The NDIS has been available in the Western Sydney area since July 2016. People spoke about their experiences accessing the NDIS. In particular, attendees echoed what other people have said, including […]

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Queanbeyan Consultation Update

In September 2017, Elena and Kirsten visited Queanbeyan and sat down with some local people to talk about what is happening in this area in mental health and wellbeing. Some of the key themes that came out of the consultation were: a lack of services in regional and rural areas; difficulty in getting access to […]

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Being Tamworth Consultations

November 28, 2017

This October, Jaime and Emma travelled to Tamworth to speak at the All Minds Matter Mental Health Expo. It was a fantastic night, with some inspiring local speakers talking about the important work they were doing in mental health. While we were there, we also spoke to a group of local residents about their experiences […]

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Being presents at National NDIS Mental Health Conference

Last week Elena from Being attended and presented at the National NDIS Mental Health Conference. The theme of the conference was ‘Towards a Better Life’, where more than 500 people from across Australia came together in Sydney. The conference was organised by Community Mental Health Australia (CMHA) in association with Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC) […]

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Wagga Wagga Consultation update

November 3, 2017

In September, Elena and Kirsten visited Wagga and sat down with some local consumers to talk about mental health reform and what issues are important to people with lived experience in Wagga. It was great to see some familiar faces, and some new ones. An issue of real importance to participants was community supports for […]

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Talking stigma and service improvement with peer workers on the Central Coast

June 16, 2017

Last week Jaime from Being and Elizabeth (Liz), CEO of WayAhead, travelled to the Central Coast for the Central Coast Peer Champions Forum, run by Central Coast ARAFMI. While we were there, we had the opportunity to meet with peer workers from around NSW, both consumers and carers, who shared the changes they have seen […]

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What the 2017 budget proposal means for people with mental health issues

May 10, 2017

Like many others in Australia, the staff at Being have been pouring over the 2017 federal budget proposal today and examining its impact for people in our community with mental health issues. We know that many people across Australia are in great need of better mental health services and are encouraged by the additional $165 […]

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Law Reform of Guardianship Act 1987

December 21, 2016

Guardianship Act Review – Question Paper 2 and 3: The NSW Law Reform Commission is reviewing the Guardianship Act 1987 (NSW), and is seeking people’s views. Under the current NSW Guardianship system, a decision-maker can be appointed to make personal, financial and medical decisions for a person who cannot make those decisions themselves. The Commission […]

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Guardianship Act Review – NSW Law Reform Commission’s consultations

August 24, 2016

The NSW Law Reform Commission is reviewing and reporting on The Guardianship Act 1987 (NSW). The Attorney General have asked the Commission to see if the laws in NSW on Guardianship need to change. The Guardianship Act allows people who are not able to make decisions for themselves to appoint someone to make these decisions […]

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