John is a very widely respected professional and advocate appointed by Canberra who bravely stood down after a series of failed Govt "efforts" to address the crisis in Mental Health
Forwarded on behalf of John Mendoza
As you are probably aware, the Australian Government recently released the draft Ten Year Roadmap for Mental Health Reform (Draft #4, dated 12/01/12). A Survey Monkey facility was also established to gather feedback on the Roadmap. The survey is open until the end of January – just over 2 weeks for feedback.
As Professor Alan Rosen pointed out in his review of the Roadmap published on Crikey on 19 january (http://www.crikey.com.au/?p=269780):
"… it is a Roadmap with only the most vague of directions and without any specific destinations."
Further he states correctly:
"The current exercise … does not appear to be a real in-depth consultation of stakeholders, but offers a Survey Monkey forcing stakeholders into codified responses….. leaving little scope for alternatives."
I, like Alan, gave up on this Monkey.
I have therefore created an alternative way to send a message to Federal Minister Mark Butler that this is simply not good enough. And it is as many of us know another ‘Ground Hog Day’ repeating the same well intentioned but flawed approach to public policy in this area.
Please go to the link below and register your name to call on the Australian Government to scrap the current Draft RoadMap for Mental Health Reform.
In its place we need to see a document that is fundamentally different to previous failed efforts.
- clearly define the problem and why a fresh approach to how we view our mental health needs to be addressed
- clearly define the goal – what we are all trying to achieve – a mentally health and resilient Australia
- set out a handful of priorities to transform services
- set out targets and measures
- AND a commitment to reach 12% of health care funding by 2022.
Mental Health Reform has been an ideal without real commitment or accountability. This latest "Roadmap", coming on top of four national plans, two national policies and a COAG Action Plan, differs little in style or substance from previous recent efforts and will do little to respond to the mental health needs of all Australians and particularly those living with a mental illness.
Please act by signing the petition and forwarding to friends and colleagues.
Director, ConNetica Consulting Pty Ltd
Adj Professor, Health and Sport Science, University of Sunshine Coast
Adj Asso Professor , Medicine, Sydney University
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