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
A fortnightly newseltter from National Director Claerwen Little.
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Random drug testing problematic
UnitingCare Australia Submission to the Review of the National Aged Care Quality Regulatory Process
Roadmap to healthy ageing vital for all our futures
Equally Well: Improving the physical health and wellbeing of people living with mental illness in Australia
Forntier Services makes it to final in Rural Hero Grant
Homeless Week - 'Action and Innovation'
Recent submisisons and media releases
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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."
“UnitingCare Australia has welcomed Government’s response to the National Mental Health Commission report today.” said Lin Hatfield Dodds, National Director of UnitingCare Australia.
Professor Alan Fels, Chair of the National Mental Health Commission, noted that gains from mental health reforms dwarf those that could be realised in many other economic reform areas.