Carer Forum: Families, Rights, and Relational Recovery in a Balanced System
Monday 8th February 2021
If a pandemic wasn’t enough, 2020 saw a Productivity Commission Inquiry and Report into Mental Health and a Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System. Has a tipping point been reached? Will we finally see changes on the ground that families have long called for – changes that involve relationships, context, citizenship and structural reform?
If, as the UN Special Rapporteur Dainius Puras has declared, ‘Reductive biomedical approaches to treatment that do not adequately address contexts and relationships can no longer be considered compliant with the right to health’, what does this mean for families?
This forum will explore what some of these changes and approaches might look like for families and carers. Approaches that address context and relationships, such as Relational Recovery, Recovery Colleges and other innovative and contemporary family-led initiatives. We will explore the implications of the Productivity Commission Report and Vision 2030 – and find some time for connection, renewal, and inspiration.
Global Mental Health Responses to the Pandemic and Beyond
Monday 8th February 2021 – Free online registration require
The pandemic of 2020 has highlighted increasing mental health issues in countries across the globe. Some nations have recognised the need for increased mental health services and have the resources to provide for increased services. Some have not.
Most countries recognise the ongoing physical health issues associated with COVID-19. However, there are also ongoing mental health issues flowing from the isolation, the anxiety, the fear and reluctance to seek help during the pandemic.
Australia and New Zealand have managed the pandemic (and ongoing outbreaks) well and have recognised and made extra provision for mental health of their citizens. But what do we know about other countries and their responses to the mental health of their citizens during and after the pandemic?
In this symposium international and local experts, will provide an overview of what is happening globally and what the path ahead could be, in terms of mental health responses to the pandemic.