Policy and Advocacy

Representing the profession to politicians, policy makers and health care organisations is an important part of the work of the ACMHN national office. One way in which we ensure the profession's views are heard is by making submissions to consultation processes and inquiries.  Recent submission made by the College are:

 

2017 Submissions

 

Submission to the NSW Review of seclusion, restraint and observation of consumers with a mental illness in NSW Health facilities

Feedback on the draft scoping report re cultural competency for health professionals – produced by the Migrant and Refugee Women's Health Partnership

Submission to Suicide Prevention Australia regarding feedback on the National Strategic Framework for Suicide Prevention Consultation Paper

Submission to the WA Mental health Commission on the Post Implementation review of Part 3: Objects of WA Mental Health Act 2014

Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into Perinatal Care

 

 

2016 Submissions and Statements 

 

Submission to the National Mental Health Commission Review of the services available to veterans and members of the Australian Defence Force in relation to the prevention of self-harm and suicide

ACMHN provided a submission to the National Mental Health Commission Review of the services available to veterans and members of the Australian Defence Force in relation to the prevention of self-harm and suicide.

Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee inquiry into the Serious allegations of abuse, self-harm and neglect of asylum seekers in relation to the Nauru Regional Processing Centre, and any like allegations in relation to the Manus Regional Processing Centre.
ACMHN provided a submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee inquiry into the Serious allegations of abuse, self-harm and neglect of asylum seekers in relation to the Nauru Regional Processing Centre, and any like allegations in relation to the Manus Regional Processing Centre.

ACMHN Issues for the 2016 Federal Election

The ACMHN are asking all parties and candidates in the 2016 Federal election to commit to the ACMHN’s five key issues which are:

  • No reduction in mental health program funding
  • 3-5 year quarantining of mental health funding with PHNs
  • Fund nurse workforce initiatives
  • Include nurse representatives on all mental health and other relevant government committees
  • Refugees and asylum seekers - Ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT) and amend the Border Force Act

 

Response from the Greens to ACMHN five key issues for the 2016 Federal Election

 

Consultation for the draft NSW Perinatal Mental Health Mother-Baby Unit (MBU) Model of Care

The ACMHN submission notes that overall, the MBU model of care document is very comprehensive and articulates an approach to delivering care that is multidisciplinary and coordinated. The submission provides comments on specific sections of the document including principles of the NSW model of perinatal health, the current NSW perinatal Mental Health Service System and service planning.

 

Joint submission to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee inquiry into the indefinite detention of people with cognitive and psychiatric impairment in Australia
The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN), the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM) and the Australian College of Nursing (ACN) provided a joint submission to the Australian Parliament Senate Community Affairs References Committee inquiry into the indefinite detention of people with cognitive and psychiatric impairment in Australia.


QLD Hospital and Health Boards (Safe Nurse-to-Patient and Midwife-to-Patient Ratios) Amendment Bill 2015

The ACMHN comments on the Bill relate to:

  • Ensuring flexibility to account for population and workforce changes
  • The detail to be provided in the regulation
  • The ongoing and associated costs of implementing the Bill and ratios

 

Joint submission: Proposed discontinuation of the Registration standard – Endorsement for scheduled medicines (rural and isolated practice) 
A joint submission with the Australian College of Nursing (ACN), the Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) and the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM) to the NMBA public consultation paper on the proposed discontinuation of the Registration standard for scheduled medicine endorsement registered nurses (rural and remote practice). Consultation for this submission highlighted concerns regarding the proposed discontinuation of the RIPEN endorsement standard.

 

2015 Submissions and Statements 


Joint Refugee and Asylum Seeker Health Position Statement

The ACMHN has endorsed The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) Refugee and Asylum Seeker Health Position Statement.

Joint submission to the Department of Health’s Primary Health Care Advisory Group (September 2015)  
ACMHN Letter to Primary Health Care Advisory Group (September 2015)

The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN) has made a joint submission to the PHCAG with the Australian College of Nursing (CAN), the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives(CATSINaM), the Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) and the Maternal Child and Family Health Nurses Australia (MCaFHNA). 

In the letter the ACMHN raises additonal issues related to nursing workforce development and specifically to the mental health nursing workforce that warrant the attention of the PHCAG.

ACMHN submission to The Health Workforce Scholarship Programme Stakeholder Consultation (September 2015)
Without ongoing investment and support around mental health (nursing) development, workforce shortages are likely to become critical and one of the most vulnerable groups in the Australian population will be denied access to quality mental health nursing care. Education, professional development and clinical placements are essential components of efforts to sustain and build the mental health nursing workforce, to cope with the current and projected demand of mental ill-health now, and into the future.


ACMHN Submission to the Inquiry into best practice in chronic disease prevention and management in primary health care
The Australian College of Nursing (ACN), the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM), the Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA), Maternal Child and Family Health Nurses Australia (MCaFHNA), and the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN) provided a joint submission to the Australian Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health’s Inquiry into best practice in chronic disease prevention and management in primary health care.

MBS Review Taskforce: Responses from the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses - Nurse Practitioner Special Interest Group


ACMHN Submission on the Australian Mental Health Care Classification (Public consultation paper 1) (February 2015)
Developing a national mental health classification is important to the future performance and funding of mental health services in Australia. In an environment where there is increasing demands on Australian's health services, and pressure of Governments budgets, the Australian Mental Health Care Classification (AMHCC) can help ensure services are provided efficiently and effectively.

 

ACMHN Feedback on the NSW Health Policy – Suicidal people – Clinical Assessment and Management by Mental Health Services (February 2015)
The ACMHN welcomes the opportunity to provide feedback on the draft NSW Health policy Suicidal People – Clinical Assessment and Management by Mental Health Services. The ACMHN asked a number of our members who had self identified as having an interest in the area of suicidality to review the draft policy and provide feedback.

 

2014 Submissions

Submission to the National Mental Health Commission's Review of Mental Health Services and Programmes
Mental health nurses play a pivotal role in the provision of mental health care and, as such, are well placed to comment on gaps in access to services, workforce needs and the inability of mental health nurses to work to their full scope of practice.
October 2014

 

Joint submission to the Senate Select Committee on Health Inquiry into Health Policy, Administration and Expenditureto the Senate Select Committee on Health Inquiry into Health Policy, Administration and Expenditure
This submission to the Select Committee on Health's Inquiry on Health Policy, Administration and Expenditure was jointly prepared by the Australian College of Nursing (ACN), the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN), the Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA), the Australian College of Midwives (ACM), the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM), and CRANAplus.

 

2013 Submissions

ACMHN Submission to the Horvath Review of Medicare Locals
The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses has a strong interest in the review of Medicare Locals. Mental health nurses work within primary care settings in a variety of ways, as employees and contractors of Medicare Locals, as private practitioners, and as members of the general practice team. Mental health nurses who manage acute and community mental health services are also impacted by changes in primary health care.
December 2013

$2000 cap on tax deductions for education expenses
The ACMHN responded to the Government's proposal to introduce a $2,000 cap on tax deductions for education expenses with a submission highlighting the impact on individual nurses, particularly those specialising in an area of practice and the capacity of the profession as a whole.
July 2013

 

ACMHN Submission to Health Workforce Australia: Nursing Workforce Retention and Productivity Consultation Paper March 2013
HWA Australia consulted the nursing sector to identify the priority issues that need to be addressed in seeking to further improve nurse retention and productivity. The ACMHN made a submission emphasised that the nursing profession's contribution and role in health care must be better understood and more visible within the health sector and the Australian community more generally.
May 2013

Submission on the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia consultation on revised National competency standards for nurse practitioners
March 2013

Pre-Budget Submission 2013-2014
February 2013

 

2012 Submissions

ACMHN Response to Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's inquiry into Anti-competitive and other practices by health insurers and providers in relation to private health insurance
September 2012

ACMHN Submission to the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia on the draft Framework for pharmacists as partners in the mental health care team
August 2012

ACMHN response to the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority's Discussion Paper - Activity based funding for Australian public hospitals: Towards a Pricing Framework
March 2012

ACMHN submission on Australian Safety and Quality Goals for Health Care Consultation Paper
February 2012

10 Year Roadmap for National Mental Health Reform Draft, providing feedback on the Roadmap Consultation Draft January 2012

 

2011 Submissions

Mental Health Statement of Rights and Responsibilities, providing feedback on the consultation draft
September 2011

Tasmanian Mental Health Bill 2011 Exposure Draft, responding to the Tasmanian Draft Mental Health Bill
September 2011

Commonwealth Funding and Administration of Mental Health Services, submission to Senate Community Affairs Committees Inquiry
August 2011

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA), consultation on a draft policy for re-entry to practice for nurses and midwives'
August 2011

National Clinical Supervision Support Framework, responding to the draft Framework
May 2011

Administration of health practitioner registration by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), submission to Senate Inquiry
April 2011

ATAPS Flexible Care Packages Consultation, relating to the consultation process and discussion paper outlining that Flexible Care Packages are an attempt to address some of the primary needs identified by the mental health sector February 2011

Exposure Draft Mental Health Bill 2010, responding to the Victorian Draft Mental Health Bill and following on from the ACMHN Victorian Branch written response to the review of the Mental Health Act 1986 Consultation Paper
February 2011

Budget Submission 2011-2012 setting out the College's views on the priorities for the 2011-2012 Federal Budget
January 2011

 

2010 Submissions

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia English Language Standard for nurses, responding to the consultation process reviewing the English language standard nurses must meet to become registered
December 2010

Medicare Locals Governance and Functions responding to a discussion paper on the governance arrangements and proposed functions for Medicare Locals
November 2010

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia Nurse Practitioner Endorsement, responding to the draft Nurse Practitioner Endorsement standard and requirements
November 2010