In WA, family members and friends who are in an ongoing, unpaid caring role have rights under the Carers Recognition Act[i]. The Act includes the Carers Charter.
HelpingMinds will provide you with information about your rights as a carer, and will advocate on your behalf if you are experiencing difficulties in being heard and being included as part of the treatment plan for the person you are supporting and providing care to. While the confidentiality of the person you care for should be respected by their treating clinician, where the treatment plan impacts on you, you should be advised. If the person you are supporting is a patient under the Mental Health Act, then you also have rights to be informed of certain events including when the person is hospitalised and if they are being discharged.
HelpingMinds also acts at the systemic level. Systems include legislation, policies, standards, eligibility criteria or any rules that impact on carers and their family members in the mental health system. With systemic advocacy we try to make the mental health system better for carers and families.
Listen to carers and other family members so that we understand what’s wrong with the system.
Use the wisdom of carers and other family members to change the system.
Collaborate with funders and service providers to share the learnings and raise the standards.
We want the world to know about carers and the caring role. Copies of our submissions on behalf of carers and their families are included here
Health and Disability Services Complaints Office
Mental Health Law Centre (for people living with a mental health issue)
Mental Health Advocacy Service (for patients of residential mental health services)
Office of the Chief Psychiatrist
Office of the Public Advocate (for advice on Administration, Guardianship, Advance Care Directives)
Mental Health Commission WA (brochures for people supporting a person with mental illness)
The economic value of informal mental health caring in Australia
Debbie Childs CEO of HelpingMinds, explains who informal mental health carers are and highlights the key findings from the recent report 'The economic value of informal mental health caring in Australia'. Read more at helpingminds.org.au/the-real-value-of-informal-mental-health-carers/ ... See MoreSee Less
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Individuals pictured are models and are used for illustrative purposes only.