Consumer and Carer Participation Policy

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It is impossible to overemphasise the importance to mental health consumers and carers of participating in decision making at all levels concerning the mental health services that affect our lives.

We would like to acknowledge the important steps towards consumer and carer participation that have been taken in the last 20 or more years. However, whilst mental health has been the leader for the health sector in this regard, it is also necessary to acknowledge that there is still need for more to be done. The continued commitment and cooperation of consumers, carers, policy makers and health care professionals is absolutely essential.