15-16 May 2013

Attendees
Murray Bleach, Thomas Brideson, Karen Burns (Chair), Maria Cassaniti, Sue Cripps, John Feneley (Mental Health Commissioner), Paula Hanlon, Tim Heffernan, Cathy Kezelman, Christopher Maylea, Diana McKay, Jennifer Morgan-Campbell, Brian Pezzutti, Vince Ponzio, Russell Roberts, Erica Roy

Secretariat
Katrina Davis (Mental Health Commission of NSW)

Other attendees
Sarah Hanson (Mental Health Commission of NSW)
Kerri Lawrence (Mental Health Commission of NSW)

Guests
The Hon. Kevin Humphries MP
Jennifer Nobbs (Minister's Office)
Colman O'Driscoll (Minister's Office)
Michael West (Metropolitant Local Aboriginal Land Council)
Phillip Gandar (Synergia)

Day One

1. Welcome and introductions

Mental Health Commissioner John Feneley welcomed fellow members of the Mental Health Community Advisory Council (the Council).

Michael West, Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council, provided a Welcome to Country.

The Hon. Kevin Humphries MP, Minister for Mental Health, Minister for Healthy Lifestyles, and Minister for Western New South Wales, spoke about the establishment and role of the Mental Health Commission of NSW (the Commission) and the Council and answered questions. The Minister wished Council members well and thanked them for their service.

Karen Burns, Council chair, welcomed fellow members of the Council and acknowledged the diversity and expertise each brings to their role.

Council members introduced themselves, indicated their current roles outside the Council, and spoke about their hopes for the Council.

2. Briefing on the Mental Health Commission of NSW

Mental Health Commissioner John Feneley provided a briefing on the establishment of the Commission, the appointment of Deputy Commissioners, the functions of the Commission and the Council, the Commission’s legislation, and work to date.

ACTION 2013.01: Protocol to be developed for Council members in dealing with external correspondence including complaints.

3. Briefing on development of draft Strategic Plan

The Commission must prepare a draft strategic plan for the mental health system in NSW for submission to the Minister by March 2014. The Commission has contracted a consortium led by Synergia to assist in the development of the draft plan. Philip Gandar, Director, Synergia, briefed the Council on the scope of the plan, the approach being taken in its development, the timeframes involved and the support required from the Council.

ACTION 2013.02: Philip Gandar’s presentation to be forwarded to Council members with an opportunity for feedback.

ACTION 2013.03: Council members to be forwarded papers on the principles and practice of ‘co-design’.

ACTION 2013.04: Council members to be forwarded the report on Phase 1 of the development of the strategic plan completed December 2012 which involved consultation with stakeholders to understand the mental health reform issues from a variety of perspectives in order to design a fit for purpose strategy and strategic plan development process.

ACTION 2013.05: Council members to be forwarded an opportunity to register interest in one or more of the ‘journeys’ or ‘cross cutting themes’ shaping the development of the draft strategic plan. Council members will be encouraged to forward this opportunity to additional thought leaders, advocates and ‘linkers’. 

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Day Two

Attendees
Murray Bleach, Thomas Brideson, Karen Burns (Chair), Maria Cassaniti, John Feneley (Mental Health Commissioner), Paula Hanlon, Tim Heffernan, Cathy Kezelman, Christopher Maylea, Diana McKay, Jennifer Morgan-Campbell, Brian Pezzutti, Vince Ponzio, Russell Roberts, Erica Roy

Secretariat
Katrina Davis (Mental Health Commission of NSW)

Other attendees
Sarah Hanson (Mental Health Commission of NSW)

Apologies
Sue Cripps

4. Consideration of Terms of Reference

The Draft Terms of Reference were accepted with some minor amendments and the following suggested actions.

ACTION 2013.06: Council meeting Agendas to include as a standing item an opportunity for ‘Declaration of interests’.

ACTION 2013.07: Guidelines to be developed for responding to external correspondence (see also ACTION 2013-01).

ACTION 2013.08: Template to be developed for Council members to request issues/items to be included on the meeting Agendas.

ACTION 2013.09: An information pack or presentation to be provided to Council members for use when providing information to external parties about the Council. Guidelines to be developed for passing on relevant feedback received in external fora to the Commission.

ACTION 2013.10: Terms of Reference to be updated with minor amendments and to reflect ACTION 2013.07, ACTION 2013.08 and ACTION 2013.09 and distributed to Council members.

5. Consideration of Code of Conduct and Confidentiality Undertaking

  • The draft Code of Conduct and Confidentiality Undertaking were accepted without amendment.

ACTION 2013.11: Council members to sign Code of Conduct and Confidentiality Undertaking.

ACTION 2013.12: Council members to list their non-Council roles on the Disclosure of Interest form and return to the Council secretariat.

6. Mental Health Community Advisory Council Induction Handbook

The Induction Handbook and issues arising were discussed.

7. Future meeting dates

ACTION 2013.13: Council secretariat to seek feedback out of session on proposed meeting dates.

8. Election of Deputy Chair

Vince Ponzio was elected as Deputy Chair of the Council.

9. Consideration of National Indicators

Council members noted the draft minutes of the first meeting of the Expert Reference Group on Mental Health Reform. NSW Mental Health Commissioner John Feneley has been appointed to the Expert Reference Group. The Expert Reference Group is chaired by the National Mental Health Commission and supports a COAG Working Group on National Mental Health Reform. Its main task is to provide advice on a new set of national, whole of life, outcome indicators and targets.

Advice was sought from Council members on what should be the 10 national indicators. Areas initially identified as being important included:

  • Improving the physical health of people living with a mental illness
  • Readmission rates
  • Follow up for consumers post discharge
  • Reduction in the use of seclusion and restraint
  • Compulsory treatment orders
  • Number of peer workers across various settings in the mental health sector
  • Decline in the use of locked facilities
  • Number of step-up, step-down facilities and satisfaction with these facilities
  • Reduction of the suicide rate in NSW
  • Quality of Life measures in conjunction with life expectancy for consumers
  • Connection with GPs for consumers and the range of service providers
  • Equity of access to services for various groups
  • Incarceration rates
  • Acute psychiatric admissions
  • Changes in the demand for acute beds
  • Number of beds, closure of beds
  • Length of admission in acute units
  • Development of recovery plans that are collaborative and inclusive

It was further noted:

  • That two sets of data may be required – one measuring the health of the population and another for the health of the system.
  • That there are difficulties in obtaining accurate current data on suicide deaths.
  • That the poor quality of some data shouldn’t prohibit its collection.
  • That a key indicator should be what people say about themselves rather than clinician’s data sets. It was further noted that self-report data may conflict with more objective measures.
  • That there’s a tension between what’s aspirational and what’s possible.
  • That some indicators may not be palatable.
  • That some indicators may need to be presented as headline indicators with sub-indicators included for different sub-groups.

ACTION 2013.14: Further feedback from Council members to be sought on proposed Indicators.

10. Consideration of documentation of Mental Health Commissioner's Meetings

Mental Health Commissioner John Feneley presented a list of meetings he has held and fora he has participated in from August 2012 to January 2013 inclusive.

ACTION 2013.15: Council members to be forwarded list of Commissioner’s meetings for their information.

Download Word version of Minutes (116 KB).

Last updated: 5 April 2017

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