Carers ACT Endorsement of the Chief Psychiatrist’s Care, Treatment and Support Reform Recommendations

  • Carers ACT Endorsement of the Chief Psychiatrist’s Care, Treatment and Support Reform Recommendations image

Carers ACT, the voice and advocate for carers in the ACT, applauds the Chief Psychiatrist’s Report for reforming care, treatment, and support for individuals found not guilty by reason of mental impairment.

The recommendations acknowledge the critical role carers play within the mental health system, a recognition we have long advocated for. The changes proposed promise to ease the frustrations carers often encounter, ensuring their invaluable insights and experiences are respected and utilised.

Lisa Kelly, CEO of Carers ACT and a review panel member, stated, “Carers are integral, not peripheral, to the wellbeing of those they support. Their deep understanding, born out of daily interactions and care, offers a unique perspective that must be acknowledged and harnessed.”

We are particularly encouraged by the move to ensure carers are notified about review hearings and actively involved in leave processes. This involvement is crucial for enhancing both the quality of care and community safety.

Carers ACT commits to continue advocating for a mental health system that balances individual rights with the safety of carers, consumers and the broader community. We recognise the deep impact of incidents prompting this review and extend our heartfelt thoughts to all affected. We urge respectful dialogue around these recommendations and caution against stigmatising language that can harm.

Supporting the ACT Government’s formation of a cross-government taskforce, Carers ACT insists on independent oversight to safeguard the rights and wellbeing of both carers and those they care for. Our dedication to collaborative progress underpins our mission to enhance care across all services, reinforcing our support for Canberra’s health services, government, and the community at large.

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For media enquiries, please contact:

Bianca Board, Communications Manager, Carers ACT

Phone 02 6296 9929 | Email communications@carersact.org.au  |  www.carersact.org.au

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