Helping Sectors Connect

Connecting sectors is about working towards integration between organisations, collaborating across different service sectors. In this way organisations support working relationships, improve referral pathways and coordinating service provision for people who live with with mental health conditions.

MHCC primarily represents organisations that provide a diversity of mental health and psychosocial support services. Our goal, however, is to promote trauma-informed recovery orientation, its principles and practice approaches across the broader human services sectors.

Some of these include:

  • Primary Health Networks
  • Local Health Districts
  • Aged Care
  • Youth Services
  • Housing and Supported Accommodation
  • Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • Primary Health Care 
  • Employment
  • Legal Services
  • All services that supported people with lived experience of mental health conditions

MHCC strives to better understand ways in which other organisations and sectors operate so that more effective strategies for networking, cooperation and collaboration can be developed.   

MHCC regularly co-hosts Meet Your Neighbour events around NSW. They provide a vehicle through which  organisations can get together, share information, network and be encouraged to establish local inter-agencies (where they do not exist).

More about hosting a Meet Your Neighbour event.

MHCC continues to work in partnership with the Network of Drug and Alcohol Agencies (NADA), undertaking a range of joint initiatives including the Community Mental Health Drug & Alcohol Research Network (CMHDARN)

In 2012, MHCC held the Mental Health and Older People: Connecting Sectors Forum to raise awareness and build relationships between the Mental Health and Aged Care sectors. The event explored similarities and differences in the sector and ways to start addressing service and care coordination issues. By coming together, the experience of older people with mental health conditions living in their own homes and those transitioning from home into aged care facilities will greatly improve.

MHCC continues to participate in cross sectoral policy reform and sector capacity building in the area of older persons living with mental health conditions. To read more about Ageing and Mental Health

MHCC works to ensure engagement between Primary Health Networks (PHNs) and community managed  mental health services operating at a local level to strengthen primary healthcare responses and improve outcomes for people with mental health conditions.. To read more about PHNs at a National level follow this link

MHCC hosted an event on  May 18, 2016, in partnership with NSW PHNs, NCOSS and the Consumer Forum.

MHCC has built relationships with numerous universities and departments in NSW and elsewhere over its thirty-three years. This includes collaboration on sector related research and capacity building projects, including those lead by MHCC or where MHCC undertakes an advisory/consultancy role on university initiated research projects. MHCC has strong connections with private institutions including the Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP), and both the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales through its work-placement program.

MHCC has also developed important associations with researchers and institutions through the Community Mental Health Drug & Alcohol Research Network (CMHDARN) projects and through MHCC’s Practice Placement Project. MHCC is also connected to internationally based academics and researchers to better understand and share international perspectives.