UnitingCare Australia Submission to the Senate Committee Inquiry on Accessibility and Quality of Mental Health Services in Rural and Remote Australia May 2018UnitingCare Australia Submission to the Senate Committee Inquiry on Accessibility and Quality of Mental Health Services in Rural and Remote Australia May 2018

UnitingCare Australia is pleased to provide a response to the Senate Inquiry into accessibility and quality of mental health services in rural and remote Australia. UnitingCare Australia is the national office representing the network of community service organisations of the Uniting Church in Australia (network). Our network operates nationally across more than 1,300 sites in metropolitan, rural and remote Australia, delivering services to people across the life course. Network experience in delivering mental health services in rural and remote Australia provides us with on the ground visibility of the challenges to accessibility and quality of mental health services in these locations. Comprehensive input to this submission was provided by the following organisations from our network: • Uniting Country SA • Uniting SA • UnitingCare Queensland (including Australian Rural and Remote Community Services - ARCCS) • Uniting NSW.ACT • Frontier Services • ARDS Aboriginal Corporation
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Wednesday, 09 August 2017 15:12

Connecting 3 August 2017

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Recent submisisons and media releases


Published in Connecting newsletter

Overall, the major changes in the labour market during the past five years have been positive for workers with disabilities. These changes can be attributed to the dual phenomenon of ageing in the population, and continuing economic growth, both of which increase labour demand. The Australian context is characterised by low inflation, consecutive years of economic growth averaging 4% per annum, successive surpluses in both Federal and State budgets, low official unemployment at 4.5% and anecdotal reports of emerging shortages of both skilled and unskilled workers in most industries (Waghorn et al., 2007).

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Major church groups providing social services in Australia; Anglicare Australia, Catholic Social Services Australia, The Salvation Army and UnitingCare Australia, today called on major parties to commit to an immediate and substantial increase in investment in community mental health.

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Thursday, 25 November 2010 00:00

Mental Health support for all Australians

UnitingCare Australia encourages the Federal Parliament to think about the needs of all Australians who are living with mental illness as they consider a motion on mental health to go before the House of Representatives today.

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Tuesday, 27 November 2012 13:53

National Mental Health Commission Report

Lin Hatfield Dodds, National Director of UnitingCare Australia said today that a new national report card on how Australian living with mental illness are faring will set a benchmark to help gauge progress.

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UnitingCare Australia welcomes the opportunity to comment on the Dementia and Veterans’ Supplements in Aged Care Consultation Paper of April 2013. We welcome the recognition of the additional care needs of people with dementia and mental health issues receiving support from residential and home care services. The following comments and questions of clarification are provided on the Consultation Paper.

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UnitingCare Australia welcomes the National Mental Health Commission’s 2013 National Report Card on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention and its establishment of clear recommendations for governments and the community.

“As a nation, we need to reduce barriers facing people who are at risk and experiencing disadvantage, understanding that mental health needs intersect with other core social services and supports,” National Director Lin Hatfield Dodds said. “Many factors contribute to recovery, including access to good clinical treatment, a safe home, strong relationships and financial security.”

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UnitingCare Australia today expressed concern about the abolition of the Dementia and Severe Behaviour Supplement.

“The Dementia and Severe Behaviour Supplement was introduced to meet the additional costs of caring for people with severe needs. While that cost has proved to be much larger than expected, that is reflective of the significant level of need we are facing. It is vital that we find ways to meet the needs of some of our frailest Australians,” said UnitingCare National Director Lin Hatfield Dodds.

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The Government's announcement of $54.4 million in funding that will go over four years to a new initiative to support people with severe symptoms of dementia in residential care facilities is very good news," said Lin Hatfield Dodds, National Director of UnitingCare Australia.

"Our agencies provide the largest share of aged care in the country and we are consistently hearing that the challenges of caring for people with dementia are growing. Additional support to assist residential care providers in meeting this challenge is most welcome."

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