Thursday, 24 November 2011

Mental health policy to be run by those who have fought the battle

A new Mental Health Commission is set to become one of the most powerful bodies in the state – and it will be run by someone who has had, or has, a mental illness. Every government agency will be compelled to co-operate with the Commission's implementation of a plan to fix mental healthcare in NSW, under landmark legislation to be introduced to parliament today by the Minister for Mental Health, Kevin Humphries.

Either the commissioner or a deputy commissioner must have personal, lived experience of mental illness, and a common clause dictating appointees can be removed if they become incapacitated by mental illness will not be in the bill.

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