Book of Proceedings: FEATURED SYMPOSIUM: PANEL SESSION Mental Health Commissions – Symbols Or Levers Of Reform

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Authors: Lesley Van Shoubroeck, Sebastian Rosenberg and Alan Rosen, NSW

Year: 2012

Event: 2012 TheMHS Conference


Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

ISBN: 978-0-9757653-8-8

Abstract: There has been increasing interest in Mental Health Commissions around Australia and in New Zealand. Despite their differences in scope, each proposal or MHC development has been a signal of reform in mental health. A panel of featured speakers from State, National and international Mental Health Commissions provided insights into the value of the symbolism that comes with the establishment of commissions as well as an outline of the different levers for reform to which they have access. How do we prevent a gap appearing between expectations and the reality, between the symbolism and the potency and outcomes of working the levers?

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