Disability, MENTAL HEALTH AND FAMILies
The Centre for Civil Society will host a major campaign in support of a paradigm
shift in public policy and community support for people with
disabilities, mental illnesses and their families. This campaign will be an
ongoing priority in the work of the Centre.
The campaign will be national in scope and organised in each
of the 150 federal
electorates around Australia. It will link together consumers and carers,
disability and illness types, families and advocates - groups which have for
too long been fragmented and ineffectual in influencing policy.
To co-ordinate our political
influence on governments and politicians, we will organise by federal
electorate across the country. In each of the 150 federal electorates, we
will invite convenors to come forward and convene lobbying, campaign and
media initiatives involving everyone who wants to be involved (consumers,
parents, friends, siblings, advocates, support workers, service providers).
We will work to a
CHARTER FOR NATIONAL ACTION
(click to read the Charter). Most importantly, we will work across the
disability-type boundaries that have weakened our influence dramatically
(autism, psychiatric disability, ABI, physical disability, intellectual
disability TOGETHER not divided.)
To participate you just need to register
your interest (using the form below). We will organise online, with convenors in
each federal electorate. Participants in each electorate comprise a federal
electorate assembly (FEA).
of interest are invited from people wishing to be appointed as a Convenor in
People who are not members of
any political party, as well as people from various parties, are welcome to
HEALTH AND FAMILIES: CHARTER FOR NATIONAL ACTION
HERE to read
the text of the Charter.
TO BECOME INVOLVED
fill in the online form (below). There are 150 lower house federal electorates: select the name of your electorate from the drop-down menu.
In each electorate we will appoint a Convenor. When you fill in the form, consider offering to convene the campaign in your
electorate, bringing people together for local initiatives. This will involve working with others in your electorate to
communicate to your MPs and your community that disability, mental health and carer
issues should be at the top of their priority list.