As more and more people are speaking about their lived experience of living with or supporting someone with BPD. The Foundation has developed a "Tips and Tricks for Lived Experience Advocacy" information sheet as a guide.
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.
The Foundations submission for the Productivity Commission is available for download. Thank you to everyone who shared there experiences to inform our submission.
The Australian BPD Foundation has prepared a submission for the Aged Care Royal Commission available for download here.
We feel this is an important area - the 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).
You can submit your own submission via the online form (link below).
Various organisation will be holding public consultations – we will try to keep you informed of these via our facebook page or the eBulletin.
A date for the closing of submissions will be announced in the second half of 2019.
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'.
Submissions to the Royal Commission closed on 5 July. They are not yet available on the Royal Commission website. Tandem will share important submissions as they become available to us.The Victorian Government submission to the commission was launched by the Premier, Lisa Neville and Martin Foley in a joint press conference. The submission is available here.
The full list of topics, transcripts and witness statements can be accessed via the hearings page.
The Foundations formal submission to the Royal Commission is available for download. Thank you to everyone who shared there experiences to inform our submission. We incorporated as many as we could.
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.
We will post updates via the eBulletin or you can sign up to receive updates on the Commission’s website.