Policy and Advocacy
Arafmi Peak Body: Advocating for Unpaid Mental Health Carers in Queensland
Arafmi advocate for the collective interests of family, carers, and kin of people living with mental ill-health in Queensland. With funding from the Queensland Health Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs Branch, we’ve established a peak body function to represent the views of unpaid mental health carers to policy makers.
Our aim is to address and respond to the systemic issues consistently identified by family, friends, and kin of individuals with mental health challenges. The Queensland Mental Health Commission provides funding to strengthen our capacity to champion the rights and needs of unpaid mental health carers.
We are focused on:
- Representation: Serving as the peak body that channels the collective voice of family, friends, and kin who play a pivotal role in supporting those with mental ill-health.
- Awareness: Highlighting the challenges faced by carers, thereby fostering a supportive community that acknowledges and respects their efforts.
- Policy Impact: Engaging with policymakers to ensure that the perspectives of carers are integral in shaping responsive mental health policies and systems.
- Systemic Advocacy and Reform: Partnering with stakeholders to champion initiatives that prioritise the needs of both mental health carers and those they support.
Working across the state, we engage in conversations with mental health carers, learning from their experiences, understanding their needs, and recognising the gaps in the current system. This approach ensures that our advocacy is grounded, genuine, and geared towards tangible change.
Join us in this exciting journey. Whether you’re an unpaid mental health carer eager to share your experience, or someone passionate about mental health reform, your voice can make a difference.
To be part of this change, to share your experiences and expertise, or to simply learn more about how you can contribute, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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