MHCC held its 2018 Annual General Meeting in Sydney on 21 November during which a motion calling on the NSW Government to take action to address suicides in care and improve data collection was carried. This was also an opportunity to highlight the year’s activities to members and demonstrate accountability. We were pleased to welcome 40 plus attendees including Executive Director, Mental Health Branch, Karin Lines and staff and the NSW Mental Health Commissioner, Catherine Lourey. The Minister for Mental Health, the Hon. Tanya Davies took time away from a busy parliamentary sitting day to present her vision for the future of mental health in NSW. She emphasised areas of particular reform on the agenda, as well as commending MHCC for its important work in supporting the CMO sector.
In her comments to the meeting, Judi Higgin, MHCC Chair, acknowledged and highlighted many of MHCC’s achievements and spoke of the dedication, hard work and commitment of staff. Chief Executive Officer, Carmel Tebbutt likewise acknowledged our achievements, and thanked the Board members and staff for their support during a very demanding first year in her role of leading, consolidating and growing MHCC in a dynamic environment. Carmel also launched a new FREE resource, the second edition of Trauma-Informed Care and Practice Organisational Toolkit (TICPOT).
Attendees were very pleased to hear from Ms Elyse Sainty, Social Ventures Australia and Mr Mark Orr, Flourish Australia and MHCC Board Director currently embarked in the first social ventures Social Benefit Bond (SBB) in Australia. They described the objectives of Resolve SBB and explained the economics of the investment model and how this relates to the measuring improved outcomes for consumers engaged in the new program based on intensive residential care and integrated broad-based psychosocial support services. Following the events Members had the opportunity to celebrate the season and network.