After decades of individual and collective advocacy, we are on the cusp of a mental health revolution. Mental health is now a political issue and 2021 is set be the watershed year when Commonwealth and State reforms start to come to life.
But despite the incredible progress, our work is not yet done. To realise a new vision for mental health, people with lived experience, community and hospital care providers, and those charged with managing reform implementation need to work together.
A path forward, richly informed by diverse community voices, that includes Indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing, is at the heart.
With hope, collaboration, and energy, we can create a world leading, contemporary and compassionate mental health system that will serve all Australians and New Zealanders.
This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to embed diverse community voices and lived experience at the centre of mental health system design and delivery.
COVID-19 has shown us we can adapt quickly when forced. With emerging technologies and new partnerships the opportunity to “change and do” is within reach.
HOPE into Action, the TheMHS 2021 Melbourne Conference offers an opportunity to share, embrace, reflect, celebrate and explore our diversity, our lived experiences, stories, creativity, and wisdom.