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Wednesday, 10 October 2012
Page: 7857

Senator McEWEN (South AustraliaGovernment Whip in the Senate) (15:43): by leave—At the request of Senators Moore and Wright, I move this motion, as amended:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) 10 October 2012 is World Mental Health Day, which aims to raise public awareness about mental health issues both here in Australia and worldwide,

(ii) one in five Australians will experience a mental illness in any given year, and that mental illness accounts for 13 per cent of the total burden of disease in Australia, and

(iii) Australia and Australians have an opportunity and a responsibility to reduce stigma and remove the discrimination faced by people affected by mental illness;

(b) recognises that:

(i) mental illness is experienced across the lifespan, with many illnesses emerging before the age of 25,

(ii) people affected by mental illness can recover to live a happy and rewarding life with adequate and high quality services, and broad community understanding and support,

(iii) there is a need for a holistic and broad range of services and supports for those with mental illness, including community-based services and services delivered by both the Commonwealth and the states and territories,

(iv) policies and services must recognise and respond to the impact of mental illness on families and carers, and

(v) the recent national mental health reforms have focused on early intervention and prevention, improving acute and community services, and providing better supports for families and carers, and have received support from across the Parliament; and

(c) calls on:

(i) the Australian Government and the states and territories to continue these important reforms, including by working collaboratively to roll out programs that will improve health, community, housing, employment and education services for those with mental illness and their families and carers, and

(ii) the Australian community to continue to build a national understanding of the value of good mental health and reduce the stigma attached to mental illness.