Sector Development Project Archive

This section contains information on a number of completed MHCC projects including project details, and links to discussion papers and reports.

Aboriginal Careers in Mental Health Initiative

MHCC engaged in partnership with 10 community mental health organisations to offer 46 traineeships across NSW. Trainees worked full or part time, and studied the Certificate IV in Mental Health.  The Certificate IV was customised specifically for Aboriginal people, and was delivered in four lots of one week blocks.  Trainees and host organisations were supported by Aboriginal mentors, as well as by MHCC staff around assessments and recruitment. More

Breathe Easy - lifting the burden of smoking

MHCC worked in partnership with the Cancer Council NSW as part of their Tackling Tobacco program to address the issue of smoking and disadvantage in NGO services. More

Building Capacity in Community Mental Health Family Support and Carer Respite Project

The aim of this project was to assist FaHCSIA to develop and roll out a national carer respite system that meets the needs of mental health consumers and carers. More

Champions of Mental Health Peer Work Initiative

The Champions of Mental Health Peer Work initiative is a National capacity building project which will build a peer trainer and assessor workforce to deliver the Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer work and ensure prompt and streamlined implementation of the qualification across Australia. More

Consumer Participation Position Statement

As part of its NGO workforce development strategy, MHCC has worked with NSW CAG regarding the  development of a joint position statement on remuneration and support for consumer representatives  in NGOs. Consultations were undertaken to develop the position statement including funding bodies to ensure their buy in / ownership to the process. Work in this area also tied in with work being undertaken for the development of an accredited course for Consumer Advocacy (possibly a partnership between MHCC, IOP, and consumer groups).

Data Management Strategy for Mental Health CMOs (Phase 1)

The aims of the Data Management Strategy, in consultation with the sector, included agreement on a Minimum Data Set (MDS) for NSW NGO mental health programs with data system compatibility and integration with NSW and Commonwealth departments and MDS and RCOM data collection at a statewide level, via one standardised information system. More

Dual Diagnosis Kit

Although this was completed in the previous year, during 2006-07 project partners MHCC and DoCS received two awards for this Kit: the Premier's Public Sector Award and a TheMHS Gold Award.

Infrastructure Grant Program

NSW Health provided funds for the Infrastructure Grant Program (IGP), for the purpose of improving the quality of the NGO mental health sector in NSW which MHCC administered. Close to $4.4 million was allocated to 64 Organisations across 117 different projects for service improvement.  More

Implementing Supervision Practices in Mental Health Community Managed Organisations in NSW

This document provides recommendations for the development of effective supervision programs and policy across the community managed mental health sector.  More

Sector Mapping Project

This project was undertaken to gain a current picture of the mental health sector in NSW, as there has been significant change over the past few years. A literature search and NGO survey provided information about current strengths, gaps and opportunities for improvement in service delivery. More

Mental Illness and Substance Abuse (MISA) Pilot Project Evaluation

In 2005 the Centre for Drugs and Alcohol funded a joint initiative between MHCC and the Network of Alcohol and Drug Agencies (NADA) aimed at building the capacity of non-government mental health and non-government drug and alcohol service providers to respond to clients with mental illness and substance abuse (MISA) issues. The evaluation of the Pilot Project is almost complete, comprising data collection and formal feedback from partner agencies. The evaluation includes a benefit analysis, identifying what agencies did differently as a result of the project, and issues and principles related to forming partnerships. It also looks at 'Where to From Here'. The evaluation will take a narrative approach and incorporate a thematic analysis. The learning from the MISA Pilot Project will inform projects developed for the new funding for workforce development research.

Mental Illness and Substance Abuse Service (MISA) Reorientation Project

In 2005/06, NSW Health funded a pilot project between NADA and MHCC to develop a training and agency capacity development initiative by partnering pairs of drug and alcohol and mental health residential and outreach services to develop interagency skills transfer and the development of service level agreements regarding people with MHDA problems. More

The NGO Development Strategy: Mental Health

The NGO Development Strategy is an initiative funded by, and run in partnership with, MHDAO. The Strategy commenced in June 2004, and is scheduled to complete in December 2007. Through this Strategy, MHCC has been working to build the profile and capacity of NGOs providing mental health rehabilitation and recovery services. More

NGO Development Strategy Training Needs Analysis

MHCC undertook a detailed Training Needs Analysis investigating the training needs of staff (paid and voluntary) in NGOs providing services to clients with mental health problems. More

No Wrong Door: Mental Health Drug & Alcohol Change Management Project

The NSW Health funded "No Wrong Door" project is a partnership with the Network of Alcohol and Drug Agencies (NADA) to increase the confidence and capacity of community mental health organizations & workers in responding to the needs of people with both mental health and substance use problems. The project uses an organizational change management approach involving training and service development to improve skills in responding to substance use issues.  More

Policy Resource Development Project (MHCC Organisation Building Policy Resource) 

The MHCC Organisation Builder (MOB) Policy Resource is a web-based resource that includes a User Guide and a repository of more than 200 separate policy and procedure templates, supporting documents and resource links, to promote organisational development.  More


Reframing Responses: Improving Service Provision to Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse who experience Mental Health Problems - Stage 1
Stage 2 - Information Resource Guide and Workbook for Community Managed Organisations.

The Victims of Violent Crime Grant Program has provided funding to produce an Information Resource Guide to provide workers with practical guidelines to assist survivors along their pathway to recovery. The guide aims to inform and support the many community services in daily contact with adult survivors presenting with complex needs which require referral to other services. More

Routine Consumer Outcome Monitoring (RCOM) Project

This project continues on from the needs identified in the NGO Development Strategy, completed in September 2007. It involves preparing the NGO mental health sector for the use of consumer outcome measures as a means of improving service planning and delivery. More

Statistical Database

MHCC has compiled a database of statistics relevant to mental illness and mental health services in NSW, which brings into one database the statistics found in a broad range of sources and documents. It is easily accessible and navigable by anyone with Microsoft Word, and is available on the MHCC website. It will be useful to people compiling submissions for funding, business plans, needs assessments, publications, reports, and a range of other documents. It will be updated as new statistics become available. Some of the many statistics include: prevalence of mental illness, burden of disease, Government funding to services (inpatient, community, NGO) with relevant overseas comparisons, number of psychiatric beds, suicide rates, proportion of prisoners with mental illness, and statistics relating to mental illness and Indigenous communities. More