Russell Roberts and Event Conclusion

Russell Roberts: So thank you, for me my task is to say where to from here, and what are the actions.

Sorry I'm just checking to make sure that the host has my video.

And this exists, if we look at the very first slide this work and the recommendations are a really important piece of the puzzle that we need to think about how are we going to carry this forward and turn it into action and changes?

This is not a greenfield this exists within current international context, you know, the World Health guidelines, the World Health intervention framework but also research in terms of the blueprint from the Lancet Commission but and publications in the British Medical Journal and the New England Journal medicine, looking at this. So it exists with this within this and, in fact, within an existing international collaboration between the us and Equally Well Australia and our friends in UK and New Zealand and about 12 other countries, and in fact we're meeting tonight to discuss an international declaration about vaccinations which is really nice link to Minister Hunt’s comments.

We look at the next slide thanks Jaimie-Lee.

It also exists in it in a national contexts and I have to acknowledge the work of the National Mental Health Commission who started us on this next stage of this journey in 2015 and Allan Fels’ work. So in that context, Minister Hunt mentioned it's a priority, the fifth national medical plan it's also ‘start now’ recommendation and a priority reform of the Productivity Commission inquiry report is also a part of the Equally Well National Consensus Statement. In addition to this, the States and Territories public mental services that been busy working articulating this for that context as well and we have you know South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland and other jurisdictions doing this and, in fact, every Mental Health Commission as well. So this is great, we have the authorizing policy environment and research context to put this action into going forward

Can I have the next slide thanks Jaimie?

So that's, the question is what is Equally Well and who is Equally Well. Well, Equally Well is you. Anyone who has a commitment to improve the physical health of people living the mental illness is part of Equally Well. Our motto is everybody should do what I can, where they can, when they can. Now we do have a collective of about 90 plus and growing organizations who have signed up to officially make implementing and improving the physical health people living with a mental illness a priority. That includes every state and territory government and the national government, it includes about 14 professional colleges, NGOs, aboriginal sector, the community managed organizations and NGOs and private providers have all signed up to say we're doing this together. We work on the premise that we work better together and we’re more effective together because is a very the health system to navigate is a very complex part. You know, for example, we have the primary health network, we have the GP practices, we have public mental health services, we have aboriginal medical services. Each who work in their own zone of influence or constellation you might say, but each the actions of each affect the actions of the others, but now we come to a, how do we implement these recommendations, these are a piece of the puzzle that has a strong focus on primary care and GP practice. It’s a piece of the, only a piece of the puzzle but it's a very important piece of the puzzle. Equally Well looks to bring this together and see how does this fit across the entire constellation universe of Australian health chronic care and mental health services? So that's really part of our role is to translate this and articulate this to action in a way that connects and amplifiers and expands this not just duplicates.

So that's our role so it's great to see the funding that’s come through the Australian Health Policy Collective and Collaborative to progress this and Equally Well are very pleased to be a partner in this process of implementation workshop roundtables to make sure that it does fit that we don't duplicate where we amplify and we connect.. The other part of that is the shared care guidelines and I've got to acknowledge this other work happening around other guidelines so once again we don't want to trample over or duplicate but work in concert with some of the work that Jackie Curtis in Mind Gardens, which is sponsored by the government and also New South Wales Mental Health Commission and also some work we're doing around developing consumer and carer resources as well which is [inaudible] from the Department of Health.

As Mal pointed out, we still have a lot, a long way to go to progress and increase the awareness of this across the entire sector so really part of it Equally Well as a strong communication component and what we want to do is sort of advocate and promote this work across every platform, including the peer reviewed literature so that's something we're going to do, going forward. Finally and really importantly, we want to acknowledge and thank the Minister for Mental Health that sorry, the Minister for Health and Aged Care, Minister Hunt and the Department support of Equally Well going forward over the next three years.

This is a really important part of our mandate is to bring pieces of work together like this and bring it together into the terms of the collective of Equally Well anyone who has an interest in that so we really looking forward to partnering with that and progressing this and, in fact, all the actions of the Equally Well National Consensus Statement. So that's our next steps and I'm going to hand back to Max to finish up. Thank you.

Maximilian de Courten: Thank you, thank you Russell very much for outlining all of the ways in which you see this project being taken forward by Equally Well Australia and the many other organizations. You truly pointed out the organizational maze which is existing and now we have a Roadmap and hopefully bringing us out of that and to more action. The Mitchell Institute will support the next steps for this work with you and Equally Well Australia and with all the partners involved.

Today's launch event which I'm happy to close now is a true milestone achievement of the hard work of many, many of those were mentioned today, many of those could participate, but I also like to extend my thanks and dimension to all those staff members from the Institute behind the scenes, making it possible for such a smooth and interactive and stimulating event. Today is a reason to celebrate, but certainly not a reason to rest, at least for too long. I’d like to thank you all for joining us and we look forward to working towards implementing the changes needed to provide better healthcare and longer lives for people living with mental illness.

And before you go I’d like to express my sincere and special thanks to Rosemary Calder who worked over the years, very hard to bring it all together to crystallize and keep us on focus and if we wouldn't meet Zoom I would hand over a large bouquet of flowers in thanks of the achievement today and to stimulate you and all the participants to continue on this journey with the Roadmap to a better future. Thank you very much.