This year marks 30 years since Professor David Richmond completed his report on the need for deinstitutionalisation of care for those with psychiatric illnesses and intellectual disability. It is also marks twenty years since the Human Rights Commission report, headed by Brian Burdekin, drew national attention to the state of community mental health care and the beginnings on national mental health policy.
To mark these important anniversaries, ConNetica Consulting has partnered with over twenty service providers, peak bodies and research institutions to prepare a report focussing on the journey of mental health reform, what has been achieved and where we are now, and what are the future priorities for reform.
The report will be released prior to the September Federal Election and will aim to make mental health reform a priority in the political debate.
The 'Landmark Project' includes a number of mechanisms to gather the views of the sector and the general community. One of these mechanisms is the conduct of two community surveys of providers, consumers, carers and interested stakeholders. The surveys have been developed by the Brain and Mind Research Institute at the University of Sydney and approved by the University's Human Research Ethics Committee.
We would encourage you to participate in these surveys. The links to the surveys are listed below: