Commentary and statements

Victoria’s funding commitments for Haven homes will transform lives

The announcement by Homes Victoria of a further 62 Haven residential units will change people’s lives. Combining a safe and independent home with mental health support focused on recovery, in so many cases it will mean overcoming the cycles of homelessness and mental ill-health that too often lead to crisis patch-up visits to hospital EDs or hospitalisations.

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Tipping the scales: the Western Australian State Budget 2021-2022

The Western Australian State Budget 2021-2022 funds some important alternatives to hospitalisation that will give people in mental health crisis the support they need to recover safely in the community, writes Denise Cumming, Mind Australia’s Executive Director Western Australia, Queensland and South Australia Operations.

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Queensland, South Australia and New South Wales 2021 budgets and mental health reform

Collectively these budget announcements demonstrate serious investments in improving mental health services in Australia, along with some disappointments. Read Mind CEO Gill Callister’s states Budget review.

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Victorian Budget 2021 on the path to recovery

“The greatest reform in mental health in Victoria since the deinstitutionalisation of mental health services in the 1980s and 1990s.” Read Mind CEO Gill Callister’s Victoria Budget review.

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Federal budget a welcome investment in mental health

The federal government’s $2.3 billion budget commitment to mental health is a welcome first response to the recommendations of the Productivity Commission’ Inquiry into Mental Health, writes Mind Australia CEO Gill Callister PSM.

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Royal Commission: A system designed to offer holistic help

What are the key changes the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System has recommended and how will they be achieved? Mind’s Manager of Policies and Campaigns Adele Beasley introduces the key themes of the Final Report.

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‘The roadmap to recovery is here’ – Gill Callister PSM on the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System

The Royal Commission’s final report into Victoria’s mental health system, released on 2 March 2021, was a watershed moment for so many affected by mental ill-health, and their families and carers.

But now it is time for action. The will and the pathway for foundational change are in place for Victoria’s mental health system but we must not let this opportunity slip through our fingers.

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‘Not the last word on mental health’ – Mind’s response to the federal budget

With the Productivity Commission’s final report into mental health being released in coming weeks, we remain steadfast in our expectation that further change and investment in mental health will occur, as is essential for the country’s full recovery, writes Gill Callister, Mind’s Chief Executive.

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