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