There are currently three major enquiries underway at the moment exploring issues surrounding mental health.
These offer you an opportunity to have a say and have your voice heard.
In October 2018, the Government announced a Productivity Commission inquiry into the role of mental health in supporting economic participation and enhancing the nation’s productivity.
Over 18 months, the inquiry will consider how mental illness can affect all aspects of a person’s quality of life including physical health, social participation, education, employment and financial status.
An issues paper outlining a range of issues on which the Commission seeks information and feedback is available for download here.
The Australian BPD Foundation is preparing a submission for this Royal Commission. We feel the that the lack of knowledge around the diagnosis of BPD and how to appropriately care for the aged population who have a diagnosis of BPD is potentially resulting in unnecessary distress for the person (inappropriate interactions and possibly overuse of restraints), their family and to service providers (either 'in home care' services or within an aged care facility).
We are seeking input from members to inform our submission or alternatively you can submit your own via the online form (link below). NB we are only able to include contributions where BPD is believed to have impacted upon the aged care the person has received.
Various organisation will be holding public consultations – we will try to keep you informed of these via our facebook page or the eBulletin.
The Royal Commission will continue to accept submissions until at least the end of June 2019. A date for the closing of submissions will be announced in the second half of 2019.
The Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission into Mental Health were released on 24 February in keeping with Labor's commitment to begin the Royal Commission within the first 100 days of government. The Royal Commission will submit its final report no later than 31 October 2020.
The Commissioners conducting the Royal Commission are Penny Armytage (Chair), Associate Professor Alex Cockram, Professor Allan Fels and Professor Bernadette McSherry. Professor Patrick McGorry has been appointed Chair of the Expert Advisory Panel.
The Commissioners are tasked with 'investigating and reporting on how Victoria's mental health system can most effectively prevent mental illness, and deliver treatment, care and support so that all those in the Victorian community can experience their best mental health, now and into the future'.
A summary of the consultation is available for further information.
If you are thinking about making a submission to the Royal Commission into Mental Health then please note these helpful resources:
• Submission to the Royal Commission can be made in 2 formats
o Formal submissions – which are open until 5 July 2019. Guidelines including the cover sheet are available online. Please see https://rcvmhs.vic.gov.au/submissions
The Royal Commission into Victoria’s mental health system recently announced the details of their public hearings, which will run from Tuesday 2 July until Friday 26 July.
Ten key themes will be explored during the hearings, including suicide prevention, stigma, access and navigation, prevention and early intervention, the role of carers and families, and the barriers that culturally and linguistically diverse communities face when accessing mental health services.
You can read the full list of topics on the hearings page.
The public hearings are an important next step for the Commission. They will help to formally collect evidence from expert and community witnesses to build on the reflections and insights they have heard during the community consultations and through the submission process so far.
The hearings will be held at the Melbourne Town Hall. They will be open to the public and will be streamed live on the Commission's website, except in particularly sensitive circumstances. Daily hearing schedules and witness lists will be available online prior to the hearings commencing. Transcripts and witness statements will also be made available.
A hearing day will be held in Maryborough in the Shire of Central Goldfields on Monday 15 July to consider the issues facing those accessing and delivering mental health services in rural Victoria.
A dedicated day of hearings on Tuesday 16 July will be held to consider issues specific to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities, taking place at the Aborigines Advancement League in Thornbury.
Click here to read the Foundation's submission to the Consultation to determine the Terms of Reference. We asked that the Victorian Royal Commission into Mental Health specifically investigate the serious problems experienced by people with (or a probable) diagnosis of a PERSONALITY DISORDER within its Terms of Reference.
Below are some other submissions made by other organisations which we believe may be of interest to those of you following the commission (NB These are listed here for your information and do not imply endorsement of each submission).
Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council (VMIAC)
Victorian Council of Social Services (VCOSS)
Mental Health Victorian (MHV)
Victoria Transcultural Mental Health (VTMH)
Australian Services Union (ASU)
Health and Community Services Union (HACSU)
Council to Homeless Persons (CHP)
Victorian Legal Aid (VLA)
We will post updates via the eBulletin or you can sign up to receive updates on the Commission’s website.