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Mental Health Carers Statement – House of Representatives Inquiry into Recognition of Unpaid Carers

Mental Health Carers Statement House of Representatives Inquiry into Recognition of Unpaid Carers The peak body for mental health carers in Queensland, Arafmi, welcomes the release of the final report of the House of Representatives Inquiry into the Recognition of Unpaid Carers. Arafmi would like to thank the committee members for their genuine commitment to examining this issue, and in particular extend our condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of former Committee Chair, the late Peta Murphy MP, who led the inquiry until her passing in December 2023. Unpaid Mental Health carers, most often family and friends, need both better recognition and rights, which officially establish them as a crucial part of the recovery of the people experiencing mental ill-health whom they care for. If adopted, the recommendations in this report will go some way to establishing official recognition of unpaid carers, and their rights, including the right to be provided information about the person they care for in order to provide care. Arafmi supports recommendations to specifically recognise unpaid carers in First Nations communities and among people with culturally and linguistically diverse connections, young carers and LGBTIQA+ carers. Importantly, carers often require their own support, and this report

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Queensland Mental Health Select Committee Inquiry 

In December 2021 Queensland Parliament established the Mental Health Select Committee to conduct an inquiry into the “opportunities to improve mental health outcomes for Queenslanders”. The committee invited Queenslanders and organisations to share their views and is now holding public briefings and hearings until March. The committee is then due to report back to the House by Tuesday 31 May 2022.  Arafmi and Carers Qld developed a joint submission for the Mental Health Select Committee highlighting the needs of Mental Health Carers and opportunities to make significant changes. (Insert link to submission) On 18th February we were invited to formally attend a hearing to provide further details directly to the committee. This was an excellent opportunity to highlight the real needs of mental health carers. On behalf of Arafmi we thank Dr Alexis Wallace form the Arafmi Carer Advisory Committee for joining us on the panel and strengthening the voice of the carers for the committee. Details about all the submission and hearings can be found Committee Details | Queensland Parliament  See the submission here

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