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Policy Development and Legislative Reform

Engagement with policy and legislative reform processes


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MHCC takes a leadership role in the sector to influence and reform public policy and legislation that affects people with mental health conditions and psychosocial difficulties, their carers, families and the organisations and services that support them.


Our objective is to ensure that mental health remains a strong focus as part of the NSW and Commonwealth health agendas and is well integrated across reform areas and strategic planning which shapes relevant sector policies. A population health approach to mental health is a central consideration across all areas of community life and must be a key focus in the development of policy and legislative reform.


The process of all aspects of policy reform and law making is dynamic. Commonwealth and State governments review and amend legislation on an ongoing basis. Part of this process involves consulting with the community and providing opportunities for interested stakeholders to respond to reviews of existing or proposed legislation. MHCC ensures it stays abreast of policy and legislative reform as these changes have vast cross-sector implications.


Both the State and Federal governments and their associated departments provide information on current policies and you can download many of the documents, plans and initiatives.


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Strong stakeholder and government engagement ensures MHCC's inclusion on advisory committees, working groups and participation in consultative and review processes. The organisation provides submissions and position papers to government and other bodies on behalf of the sector in NSW and nationally. We also contribute to the development of best practice approaches and program reviews through cross-sector and government consultations and research and project activities.


An important part of MHCC's role as the peak body for community managed mental health organisations in NSW is regularly consulting with its membership and the government through forums and other communications activities to facilitate opportunities to respond to policy and legislative reform and all mental health related service delivery.


More about consultation opportunities here


When citing a MHCC document/ publication, please use the following reference protocol:


Mental Health Coordinating Council Date, Title of submission; paper; article; report; abstract etc; italicised, Authors, Sydney, Australia.

An example would be:


Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC) 2013, Trauma-Informed Care and Practice: Towards a cultural shift in policy reform across mental health and human services in Australia, A National Strategic Direction, Position Paper and Recommendations of the National Trauma-Informed Care and Practice Advisory Working Group, Authors: Bateman J & Henderson C (MHCC) Kezelman C (ASCA). Available: /media/32045/ticp_awg_position_paper__v_44_final___07_11_13.pdf [Accessed: Date].