Mental ill health is the leading killer of Australians under 45 and the leading cause of disability for all Australians.
But with the biggest health reforms in decades up for negotiation on Monday, mental ill health may be forgotten – unless we act now.
In just 48 hours, the Prime Minister and the leaders of every Australian state and territory will sit down in Canberra to negotiate a new plan for healthcare across the nation.
In their offices across Australia, our state Premiers and territory Chief Ministers are working all weekend in preparation for Monday’s meeting. They are deciding where to push hard, and where to compromise.
We’ve found the office fax number for WA Premier, Colin Barnett
We all want to see reform of our hospitals. But tackling mental health will require more than increasing the number of beds in our hospitals, or changing the source of health funding. More of the same won’t work.
There are solutions. Here’s just one example: there are 30 Government run Headspace centres across Australia. An extra $100million a year would expand capacity in these centres and build an extra 60 across the nation. This alone would double the number of young Australians receiving treatment for mental ill health.
On Monday, the PM will need every Premier on board, so here in WA, Colin Barnett will have huge influence. These decisions are being made in his office right now – let’s fill it with faxes asking him not to come home without mental health care reform:
There must be no health reform without mental health reform. Together we can make sure this silent disease, which half of us will experience in our lifetime, is on the agenda at Monday’s crucial meeting of all levels of Australian Government.
Thanks for all that you do,
We’ve joined forces with Australian of the year, mental health expert Professor Patrick McGorry to call for mental health reform.
Already, tens of thousands of GetUp members have petitioned the Prime Minister and raised $85,000 for the campaign to put our message on TV.
Now it is our state Premiers who hold the keys to reform – click here contact yours now.
Thursday, 11 February 2010
Close the Gap measures – sum is much less than the parts
“Failing to consult and engage Aboriginal communities and sticking to a top-down one-size-fits-all approach, is undermining efforts to close the gap on Indigenous disadvantage,” said Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert today.
“We welcome the general increase in funding and acknowledge that the Prime Minister is funding some promising programs here and there – but a comprehensive national plan is needed if we are going to reach headline targets and close the gaps.
“This bitsy approach together with the continuation of a paternalistic approach which undermines successful programs and community leaders simply won’t do. It means that despite increased investment and the determination of hardworking people – the sum of the close the gap measures is much less than the parts,” Senator Siewert said.
“The Rudd Government is not embracing a genuine partnership with Aboriginal communities.
“Today’s release of the Shadow report by the Close the Gap committee to my mind is showing Government the way. Its call to put in place a comprehensive national plan and to invest in the capacity of the community controlled health sector provides a blueprint for action I urge the Prime Minister to embrace.”
“I was disappointed today that the PM continued to present a narrative where Aboriginal disadvantage was all about individual projects in remote communities in the North – but these statistics apply equally to the majority who live in urban areas and regional centres.
“To actually close the gap on health, education, incarceration and employment we need to tackle the disadvantage of the majority of Aboriginal people and we need to engage and empower them in the process.
“There is a long way to go before we have a comprehensive approach in place to close the gap,” concluded Senator Siewert.
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It was encouraging to hear Kevin Rudd in the US pledging to take Local Governments “seriously” ahead of today’s meeting of Mayors et al in Canberra.
This is a unique opportunity to create a better future through common sense change in all 3 tiers of Government.
The scope of the Environmental and Economic catastrophes facing us may well counterbalance vested interests and inertia.
And as WA Greens Senator Scott Ludlum ( see today’s media release below ) has made clear there is good evidence to suggest that both crises can be effectively addressed by focussing on truly sustainable industry.
Monday 17th November, 2008
Green agenda for Mayors’ Summit
The Australian Greens say infrastructure, broadband and constitutional reform must be on the agenda today, when the first Mayors’ Summit kicks off in Canberra.
“Today’s summit presents a rare opportunity to develop a shared response to the environmental challenges we face,” said the Greens Spokesperson for Local Government, Senator Scott Ludlam.
“A national approach to green infrastructure is well over due. It’s not enough for government to just pump money into building more roads. Public transport needs a helping hand. With petrol prices continuing to soar, providing a more affordable transport alternative would give both the environment and consumers welcome relief.”
“There’s a need for coordination across all levels of government to link this public transport to energy efficient housing infrastructure. This would create clean and green housing nodes for the sustainable cities of tomorrow.”
“There are also black-spots in terms of access to broadband and in some regional communities in particular, this leads to exclusion from employment and a range of other opportunities. Discussing how these gaps can be filled, should be high on the agenda for today’s meeting,” Senator Ludlam said.
Senator Ludlam also said constitutional amendment is important to ensure that local government is guaranteed a direct revenue source, independent of the states.
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