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Mental Health Reform

MHCC, as the peak body for non-government community-managed health mental organisations (NGOs/CMOs) providing services for people affected by mental health conditions in NSW, is committed to keeping its members up-to-date with new developments and opportunities.


As considerable reforms occurr at the Commonwealth, State and local levels it is challenging to keep abreast of all developments. Recent key information related to our sector is included here with the following reform directions also having dedicated MHCC web pages. 



Note: Click on orange headings below for further details

MHCC Members Meet-up Report May 2016

Mental Health Coordinating Council Member Consultation Briefing Note Community Managed Mental Health Sector Development Plan/Strategy

NSW Mental Health Reform 2014-2024: 12 months on


NSW Mental Health Reform 2014-2024 Overview

Submission Minister for Mental Health: Support for Physical Health initiatives across mental health community services in NSW 


NDIS Design of Individual Supports for People with Psychosocial Disability Project


Creating Better System Responses for People with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness and Complex Needs


Australian Institute of Health and Welfare AIHW : Mental Health Services in Australia MHSA


Mental Health Expert Reference Group: Summary of advice to Government


Commonwealth Government delivers innovative Strategic Plan for Mental Health -Read the full media release


NSW Partnerships for Health (P4H) Reforms and the Community Managed Mental Health Sector

Keep up-to-date with the latest developments on MHCC's P4H web page.


National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and Mental Health

Keep up-to-date with the latest developments on MHCC's NDIS web page.


Other sector updates are provided via MHCC's:

  • weekly FYI e-newsletter
  • quarterly View from the Peak e-newsletter
  • quarterly NDIS e-newsletter
  • episodic Sector Reform e-newsletters
  • targeted membership and/or sector/stakeholders e-mail communications.

Commonwealth Government delivers innovative Strategic Plan for Mental Health

26 November 2015 - Read the full media release

Partnerships for Health (P4H) Reforms and the Community Managed Mental Health Sector

Keep up to date with the latest developments on our new P4H web page.

12 month extension for the Personal Helpers and Mentors (PHaMS) and Carer Respite programs announced by Assistant Minister for Social Services, Mitch Fifield.

16 February 2015

Mental Health Australia media release - More Certainty for Australians Living with Mental Illness

Australians living with mental illness, and those who care for them, are resting easier today knowing the community based mental health services they rely on have been provided greater funding certainty.

This certainty comes following the announcement by the Assistant Minister for Social Services, the Hon Mitch Fifield, regarding mental health programs supported by the Department of Social Security.

"This is a very welcome announcement," Mental Health Australia CEO Frank Quinlan said today.

"With the welcome, but complex reforms associated with the National Disability Insurance Scheme, and as we await the National Mental Health Commission's Review of Mental Health Services and Programmes, any certainty that can be provided to people who participate in these programs is a very positive development.

"The programs being extended include important services like the Personal Helpers and Mentors Program and the Mental Health Respite: Carer Support program, which we know is having a real and meaningful impact in our community."

"The announced 12 month extension of funding will allow organisations to retain both a highly skilled workforce and community based services that many have come to rely on.  We know from a survey we conducted last year that funding uncertainty creates a very difficult environment for employees and employers as well as the people who use the services every day.

"Today's announcement will ease some of that uncertainty.

"These programs make a real difference to the many thousands of Australians who are living with a mental illness, and the people who care for them. We have been calling for this funding extension, and we are delighted that the Government has listened.

Just last week more than 85 Mental Health Australia members visited Parliament House to convey their concerns to government regarding funding uncertainty - including a number of programs funded by the Health Department that remain uncertain.  In addition, they urged the release of the National Mental Health Commission's Review of Mental Health Services and Programmes and sought a commitment to a ten year cross party commitment to reforming the mental health system.