Media Release: Productivity Commission Inquiry into Mental Health report a welcome step forward for mental health consumers and carers

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18/11/2020
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The National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum (NMHCCF) has welcomed the release of the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Mental Health report as an important step forward for mental health consumers and carers.

The Productivity Commission report has been highly anticipated within the mental health sector, and has long been regarded as a unique opportunity to review and reform Australia’s mental health systems and services.

“Ever since the Productivity Commission was announced, the NMHCCF has been eager to ensure the mental health consumer and carer voice is at the heart of the report,” said Keir Saltmarsh, NMHCCF Consumer Co-Chair.

“We have been pleased with the level of consideration provided to mental health consumer and carer groups throughout the Productivity Commission Inquiry process, and to have worked with Commissioners who take the principles of co-design seriously.”

The Productivity Commission report is the result of a lengthy consultation and feedback process. The NMHCCF has worked to promote the lived experience voice at every opportunity over the course of the last two years.

“We have been focusing our submissions and input on embedding lived experience voices in all aspects of mental health, and have continually provided advice and recommendations on peer workforce and co-design,” said Kerry Hawkins, NMHCCF Acting Carer Co-Chair.

“We are pleased to see this input reflected throughout the final report, particularly the recommendation to establish separate national peak bodies for consumers and carers, and look forward to continue working closely with government and our colleagues in the mental health sector to ensure mental health consumers and carers remain the focus as the report recommendations are analysed, responded to, and implemented.”

The National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum (NMHCCF) is a combined national voice for mental health consumers and carers. We listen, learn, influence and advocate in matters of mental health reform. Find out more at https://nmhccf.org.au/

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