May Update from MHCSA

This May has been a busy one here at the MHCSA. Right now we’re working hard on preparing for our annual Lived Experience Workforce conference coming up on Wednesday 24th May. You can find out more details in this eNews as well as a copy of our conference poster you can download for your workplace.

This year’s theme looks at our narratives in practice in the lived experience workforce. Our keynote speaker is Robyn Priest who some of you may remember from our Leaders Forum. She is not only an engaging speaker but brings a powerful international perspective to our work.

Bookings are filling fast so get in quick to avoid disappointment. This conference celebrates the skills, experience and “fierce compassion” of Lived Experience workforce in our sector.

The issue of how we work across sectors to support consumers and carers is a perennial one, and is also integral to the SA Mental Health Strategy currently under development by the SA Mental Health Commission.  The Mental Health Coalition of SA is teaming with SACOSS, and the South Australian Mental Health Commission, for a special Sector Briefing on Thursday 11thMay to discuss what you would like to see happen to create better linkages between the broader social and community welfare sector and mental health services.   All those interested in being part of this important discussion can find more information below in the SACOSS contribution to the eNews.

We also want to recognise the voice of staff of NGOs in the development of the SA Mental Health Strategy.   The SA Mental Health Commission in partnership with the MHCSA will undertake a sector wide consultation on the Thursday 25th May with details and invitations to come out soon.  The key group we are targeting for this consultation are front line leaders and workers in the mental health NGO sector, if that’s you please come and join us for this important conversation.

As you would have already read in my mid month NDIS update we shared good news. Minister Vlahos announced State funded mental health programs are being extended for twelve months as we move towards the NDIS transition of State programs slated to begin in July 2018.

The MHCSA continues to advocate for a continuation of full funding until “continuity of support” is determined and designed for people in receipt of State funded services.  We believe it is imperative that psychosocial rehabilitation services are retained in the future to compliment treatment services and the disability support that NDIS will provide to eligible participants.

And, finally, last month I participated in another round of consultation on the 5th National Mental Health Plan. This round of consultation saw a range of feedback from stakeholders looking to see how we can improve the plan. While it is still early days and we cannot say how it will all end up, this consultation was a positive step.

Geoff Harris
Executive Director

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