QAMH recently contributed to the Federal Budget submission, lodged by Community Mental Health Australia(CMHA) this past month and hopes this year will finally deliver a real, ongoing funding boost to our sector.
In the National Agreement of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention (NAMHSP) the Commonwealth and State Governments agreed to assessing the unmet need for psychosocial support services outside the NDIS. This agreement followed on from the 2020 Productivity Commission’s assessment of the significant scale of that unmet need. This sets the scene for the key Federal Budget asks outlined below by CMHA.
Key Federal Budget asks
- Increase Commonwealth investment in commissioned Psychosocial Support Services outside the NDIS that are delivered by community managed organisations (CMOs) in the Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Sector to address the mental health needs of people with moderate to severe symptoms who are ineligible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme. This investment must be able to respond to locally identified needs in specific jurisdictions.
- Early intervention saves lives, money and years lost to ill health. Increase investment in low intensity mental health services commissioned by PHNs, state and territory governments and other commissioning bodies that focus on population-wide wellbeing initiatives and early intervention, including scaling-up and expanding social prescribing initiatives.
- Ensure that a competent and available workforce can be developed and maintained, future updates of the National Mental Health Agreement must include clauses to ensure that all contracts and grants provided by commissioning bodies, including Primary Health Networks, for the provision of psychosocial, mental health and wellbeing services are consistently five years in length and include full indexation which is passed on to the providers.
- Ensure that Australia’s first wellbeing framework released in July 2023: Measuring What Matters is independently evaluated to assess the extent to which the wellbeing indicators which have been selected for the framework include non-clinical mental health indicators that are able to provide true, unbiased measures of progress.
Read the complete CMHA key federal budget asks here
Community Mental Health Australia (CMHA) is the coalition of states and territory peak community mental health organisations and provides a voice for several hundred community-based non-government organisations working to improve the mental health and wellbeing of people living with mental health conditions, their families, and carers and for all Australians. For more information visit cmha.org.au
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