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Your Mental Health Matters – Get on Board the Australian Medicare Better Access Campaign Now!


PLEASE TWITTER AND FACEBOOK THIS TO OTHER AUSTRALIANS

In Perth, Western Australia this week, Psychologist Ben Mullings and myself talked about the Medicare Better Access Initiative mental health issues on ABC720 Perth radio on Monday 30th May, 2011. It was about our campaign to get the government to reverse its decision to cut the number of Medicare rebated sessions from 12-18 sessions to 6-10 sessions.  Here is the link:

http://blogs.abc.net.au/wa/2011/05/rebates-reduced-for-mental-health-services.html?site=perth&program=720_afternoons

Please see below for our Australian GetUp Action campaign you can vote on (these are the people responsible for the above picture), the petition you can sign, the facebook page you can join, the media release and our first (but not last) piece of publicity.   I have added links if you wish to send emails to Federal and State politicians to protest against these cuts which come into effect 1st November, 2011.

http://suggest.getup.org.au/forums/60819-campaign-ideas/suggestions/1833821-better-access-to-psychologists?ref=title

http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/better-access-to-psychologists.html

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_209575192408227#!/home.php?sk=group_209575192408227&ap=1

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/05/27/3229499.htm

HERE ARE SOME KEY CONTACT EMAIL ADDRESSES FOR AUSTRALIAN POLITICIANS – PLEASE WRITE TO THEM PROTESTING THESE CUTS

It is very easy to cut and paste all email addresses into BCC and send them off as one email.

Sample letters can be accessed here: http://www.psyber.net.au/index.php/media/57-articles/1623-tell-the-minister

mark.butler.mp@aph.gov.au and ministerbutler@health.gov.auMark Butler, Labor Minister for Mental Health and Ageing.

senator.siewert@aph.gov.auRachel Siewert, Green’s Shadow Health Spokesperson is coordinating the response. Many members have spoken with her already, and reports she is deeply concerned by the government’s introduction of inequality into the provision of specialist mental health care, as the disadvantaged will be the only cohort to be unable to complete their treatments.

peter.dutton.mp@aph.gov.au – Liberal Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing

senator.fierravanti-wells@aph.gov.auLiberal Shadow Minister for Ageing and Shadow Minister for Mental Health

SOME LOCAL AUSTRALIAN MEMBERS –

Malcolm.turnbull.mp@aph.gov.au Wentworth (LIBS)

The main suburbs include Bellevue Hill, Bondi, Bondi Beach, Bondi Junction, Bronte, Centennial Park, Darling Point, Dover Heights, Double Bay, Edgecliff, Elizabeth Bay, North Bondi, Paddington, Point Piper, Queens Park, Rose Bay, Rushcutters Bay, Tamarama, Vaucluse, Watson’s Bay, Waverley, Woollahra and parts of Clovelly, Darlinghurst, Moore Park, Randwick and Woolloomooloo.

Tanya.plibersek.mp@aph.gov.au Sydney (ALP)

The main suburbs include Alexandria, Balmain, Beaconsfield, Birchgrove, Broadway, Chippendale, Darlington, Erskineville, Forest Lodge, Glebe, Haymarket, Millers Point, Pyrmont, Redfern, Surry Hills, The Rocks, Ultimo, Waterloo, Zetland and parts of Annandale, Camperdown, Darlinghurst, Kings Cross, Macdonaldtown, Newtown, Rozelle and Woolloomooloo. Lord Howe Island is in the Division of Sydney as are the harbour islands from Spectacle Island to the Heads

Adam.bandt.mp@aph.gov.au Melbourne (GREENS)

The main suburbs include central business district of the City of Melbourne and the suburbs of Abbotsford, Ascot Vale, Carlton, Carlton North, Collingwood, East Melbourne, Fitzroy, Flemington, Kensington, North Melbourne, Parkville, Richmond and West Melbourne. Fitzroy North is shared with the Division of Wills and Docklands is shared with the Division of Melbourne Ports.

OTHER LOCAL AUSTRALIAN MEMBERS –

http://apps.aec.gov.au/esearch/ THEN utilise the mail format firstname.surname.mp@aph.gov.au

AUSTRALIAN PARTY CONTACTS –

Labor

Mark Butler, Minister for Mental Health and Ageing ministerbutler@health.gov.au

Wayne Swan, Deputy PM and Treasurer wayne.swan.mp@aph.gov.au

Julia Gillard, current Prime Minister http://www.pm.gov.au/contact-your-pm

Nicola Roxon, Minister for Health and Ageing nicola.roxon.mp@aph.gov.au

Jenny Macklin, Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs JMacklin.MP@aph.gov.au

Peter Garrett – Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth peter.garrett.mp@aph.gov.au

Parliamentary Secretary for Community Services julie.collins.mp@aph.gov.au

AUSTRALIAN OPPOSITION

tony.abbott.mp@aph.gov.au

j.hockey.mp@aph.gov.auShadow Treasurer

peter.dutton.mp@aph.gov.au – Liberal Shadow Minister of Health and Ageing

kevin.andrews.mp@aph.gov.au – Shadow Minister for Families, Housing and Human Services

senator.fierravanti-wells@aph.gov.auShadow Minister for Ageing and Shadow Minister for Mental Health

Greens

senator.bob.brown@aph.gov.auLeader of Greens

senator.siewert@aph.gov.auGreen’s Shadow Health Spokesperson – coordinating the response

senator.milne@aph.gov.au

senator.hanson-young@aph.gov.au

senator.ludlam@aph.gov.au

adam.bandt.mp@aph.gov.au

Independents

Bob.Katter.MP@aph.gov.au lnnisfail area

Robert.oakeshott.mp@aph.gov.au Port Macquarie

Andrew.wilkie.mp@aph.gov.au Hobart

Tony.Windsor.MP@aph.gov.au New England

SOUTH AUSTRALIAN SENATORS AND MINISTERS –

Mark.Butler.MP@aph.gov.au (Minister for Mental Health)

senator.xenophon@aph.gov.au

senator.ferguson@aph.gov.au

senator.hanson-young@aph.gov.au

senator.hurley@aph.gov.au

senator.mcewen@aph.gov.au

senator.wortley@aph.gov.au

Kate.Ellis.MP@aph.gov.au

P.Secker@aph.gov.au

Andrew.Southcott.MP@aph.gov.au

Steve.Georganas.MP@aph.gov.au

Tony.Zappia.MP@aph.gov.au

c.pyne.mp@aph.gov.au

OTHER STATES –

Refer: http://www.aph.gov.au/senate/senators/contacts/los.htm

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Helen Morton, Western Australian Minister for Mental Health and Disability Services.

http://www.premier.wa.gov.au/Ministers/Helen-Morton/Pages/Contact-The-Minister.aspx

Eddie Bartnik, Western Australian Commissioner for Mental Health.

http://www.mentalhealth.wa.gov.au/contact.aspx

For all other states and territories, please google your Local Minister for Mental Health for their contact details.

Your Mental Health Matters – Get on Board the Australian Medicare Better Access Campaign Now!


Sonia Neale

Sonia Neale was recently awarded the Inaugural Barbara Hocking SANE Australia Fellowship to study and research Borderline Personality Disorder overseas in the USA, Canada, UK and Ireland. Her previous Psych Central blog was called Therapy Unplugged. She is the author of two books, The Bad Mother’s Revenge and Death by Teenager, both published by ABC Books/Harper Collins. She lives in Western Australia, is married with three adult children, has studied psychoanalytic psychotherapy, has a Certificate IV in Mental Health and is studying for a Psychology/Counselling degree. She currently works as a peer support worker in the mental health field.


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Neale, S. (2019). Your Mental Health Matters – Get on Board the Australian Medicare Better Access Campaign Now!. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 30, 2020, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/unplugged/2011/05/your-mental-health-matters-get-on-board-the-australian-medicare-better-access-campaign-now/

 

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