There are currently three major enquiries underway at the moment exploring issues surrounding mental health.
These offer you an opportunity to have a say and have your voice heard.
In October 2018, the Government announced a Productivity Commission inquiry into the role of mental health in supporting economic participation and enhancing the nation’s productivity.
Over 18 months, the inquiry will consider how mental illness can affect all aspects of a person’s quality of life including physical health, social participation, education, employment and financial status.
An issues paper outlining a range of issues on which the Commission seeks information and feedback is available for download here.
The Australian BPD Foundation is preparing a submission for this Royal Commission. We feel the that the lack of knowledge around the diagnosis of BPD and how to appropriately care for the aged population who have a diagnosis of BPD is potentially resulting in unnecessary distress for the person (inappropriate interactions and possibly overuse of restraints), their family and to service providers (either 'in home care' services or within an aged care facility).
We are seeking input from members to inform our submission or alternatively you can submit your own via the online form (link below). NB we are only able to include contributions where BPD is believed to have impacted upon the aged care the person has received.
Various organisation will be holding public consultations – we will try to keep you informed of these via our facebook page or the eBulletin.
The Commission held a preliminary public hearing in Adelaide in mid January. If you are interested the transcript is available - click here
The Royal Commission will continue to accept submissions until at least the end of June 2019. A date for the closing of submissions will be announced in the second half of 2019.
The Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission into Mental Health were released on 24 February in keeping with Labor's commitment to begin the Royal Commission within the first 100 days of government. The Royal Commission will submit its final report no later than 31 October 2020.
The Commissioners conducting the Royal Commission are Penny Armytage (Chair), Associate Professor Alex Cockram, Professor Allan Fels and Professor Bernadette McSherry. Professor Patrick McGorry has been appointed Chair of the Expert Advisory Panel.
The Commissioners are tasked with 'investigating and reporting on how Victoria's mental health system can most effectively prevent mental illness, and deliver treatment, care and support so that all those in the Victorian community can experience their best mental health, now and into the future'.
A summary of the consultation is available for further information.
If you are thinking about making a submission to the Royal Commission into Mental Health then please note these helpful resources:
• Community consultation dates – you can register for a community consolation session but please note that registrations close at 5pm on the day before the consultation session. Sessions will be held in various metropolitan and regional areas.
• Submission to the Royal Commission can be made in 2 formats
o Formal submissions – which are open until 5 July 2019. Guidelines including the cover sheet are available online.
o Brief comments – which will be open until 20 May 2019. Please see https://rcvmhs.vic.gov.au/submissions
• Commission timeline
Click here to read the Foundation's submission to the Consultation to determine the Terms of Reference. We asked that the Victorian Royal Commission into Mental Health specifically investigate the serious problems experienced by people with (or a probable) diagnosis of a PERSONALITY DISORDER within its Terms of Reference.
Below are some other submissions made by other organisations which we believe may be of interest to those of you following the commission (NB These are listed here for your information and do not imply endorsement of each submission).
Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council (VMIAC)
Victorian Council of Social Services (VCOSS)
Mental Health Victorian (MHV)
Victoria Transcultural Mental Health (VTMH)
Australian Services Union (ASU)
Health and Community Services Union (HACSU)
Council to Homeless Persons (CHP)
Victorian Legal Aid (VLA)
The Royal Commission begins
The Foundation encourages all members and interested persons to register for one of the public consultations which commenced on Friday and speak up about the issues of most concern to you.
These consultations are open to everyone. Register now online, or call 1800 00 11 34 between 9am and 5pm (Monday to Friday excluding public holidays). Register now for Community Consultations
After you have registered, the Commission will provide you with details about the time and venue for the local consultation session, including how you can get there.
There will be multiple ways and other opportunities for you to share your experiences and ideas for change with the Commission. More info
We will post updates via the eBulletin or you can sign up to receive updates on the Commission’s website.