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The Role of Commonwealth, State and Territory Government in Addressing the High Rates of Mental Health Conditions Experienced by First Responders, Emergency Service Workers and Volunteers 2018 National
The Fifth National Mental Health Plan (Fifth Plan) will seek to establish a national approach for collaborative government effort over the next five years, from 2017 to 2022. The AASW has been part of this consultation process. 2017 National
The Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review Taskforce is considering how services can be aligned with contemporary clinical evidence and practice and improve health outcomes for patients. The taskforce is considering how the more than 5,700 items on the MBS can be aligned with contemporary clinical evidence and practice and improve health outcomes for patients. The AASW has been part of this consultation process. 2017 National
Mental health sector letter to the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and first ministers December 2016 National
Indefinite detention of people with cognitive and psychiatric impairment in Australia: AASW submission to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee April 2016 National

Submission to Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee on mental health of ADF serving personnel in which the AASW recommends greater use of Accredited Mental Health Social Workers and Accredited Social Workers in the implementation of the ADF Mental Health and Wellbeing Plan 2012-2015.

October 2015 National
Submission to the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee – Social Service Amendment Bill that looks at the adverse implications of withdrawal of pension payments to forensic patients in long term admissions. May 2015 National

In late 2013 the Queensland Government made a policy decision to ‘lock’ all acute inpatient psychiatric units. The AASW and many other groups had serious concerns about the efficacy of this decision. The Queensland Branch prepared letters to the Minister for Health and other key policy and rights officials including the new Queensland Commissioner for Mental Health stating our position and concerns. See the letters below:

February and April 2014

National & Queensland Branch (letter)
AASW Response to the General Practice Mental Health Standards Collaboration: a framework for professional development in mental health for GPs September
2013
National

AASW response to Independent Hospital Pricing Authority’s Mental Health Working Group Questions

August 2013 National

Revised definitions of Social Work and Mental Health Social Work in the Health Workforce 2025 ‘Selected Occupations-Social Workers’ & ‘Mental Health Workforce Planning Data Inventory’

July 2013 National

Access to Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS) Consultation Paper: Letter to Department of Health and Ageing

March 2013

National
(letter)

AASW submission to the University of Queensland for the Consultation on the Definition of Mental Health Services

December 2012 National

Senate Inquiry into the Commonwealth Funding and Administration of Mental Health Services

August 2011 National

ATAPS Flexible Care Packages

March 2011 National

National Advisory Council on Mental Health

March 2010 National

4th National Mental Health Plan Discussion Paper

March 2009 National

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