Category Archives: Legislation

Submission to the Review of the Mental Health Act 2012 – 2014

Mental Health Carers ARAFMI NSW Inc (ARAFMI) is the peak body for mental health carers in New South Wales. As such, ARAFMI provided comment upon the Mental Health Act (NSW) 2007 at the time of its statutory review after five … Continue reading

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Disability Inclusion Bill NSW 2014

The Mental Health Commission of NSW has  been approached by the Department of Family and Community Services (NSW), Ageing, Disability and Home Care to assist in promoting the public consultation on the draft of the new disability law. People, and … Continue reading

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What is the Carers Recognition Act 2012

The Carers Recognition Act 2012 (the Act) came into effect on 1 July 2012. The Act has principles relating to carers, people being cared for, and people in care relationships. The principles are primarily about respect, recognition, support, consultation, health … Continue reading

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Submission on the 2012 Review of the NSW Mental Health Act 2007

ARAFMI NSW has provided a detailed submission on the current Review of the Mental Health Act based on its surveys, consultations and discussions with carers since the introduction of the Act in November 2007. ARAFMI’s submission addresses many issues including: … Continue reading

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NSW Specific Articles

Are you in NSW? Arafmi NSW has some great resources for you. Check out their website: http://www.arafmi.org or click on the below for their recent news stories. Exploring a New Model for the NSW Mental Health Review Tribunal Mental Health … Continue reading

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Mental health laws: the pros and cons of coercive treatment

The Radio National program ‘Life Matters’ has aired a program about mental health laws. The ABC website states: “The ACT, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia are all updating their mental health acts, and one issue that’s being looked at in … Continue reading

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Victorian Mental Health Act

Drafting of the new Mental Health Act is underway. The Minister for Mental Health, the Hon Mary Wooldridge MP, released the document A new Mental Health Act for Victoria – Summary of proposed reforms on 8 October 2012 which outlines … Continue reading

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Victorian Carers Recognition Act Website

There is a new website that contains information and resources about the Victorian Carers  Recognition Act. You can view it here: www.dhs.vic.gov.au/carersact The Carers  Recognition Act  2012 (the Act) formally recognizes and values the role of carers and the  importance … Continue reading

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NDIS Update 24

Dear Friends Today we launched Carers Week 2012 with Governor-General in Canberra. Carers Week is a chance to celebrate the inspiring work that millions of carers do every day. To recognise how important our carers are in the lives of … Continue reading

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Policy reforms outlined for a new Mental Health Act

The Minister for Mental Health, the Hon Mary Wooldridge MP, released the document A new Mental Health Act for Victoria – Summary of proposed reforms on 8 October 2012 which outlines the government’s key reform objectives and policy intentions. For … Continue reading

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