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About the sector

The community managed mental health sector is a key provider of mental health services and supports to people in the community.

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Annual Reports

Find detailed information on the work we do to support the community managed mental health sector.

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Latest news

Catch up on all the latest news and stories from the community-based mental health sector.

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Sector events

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Mental Health Rights Manual

An online guide to help explain your legal and human rights in the mental health and human services systems in New South Wales.

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Recovery Oriented Language Guide

Words are important. The language we use and the stories we tell have great significance to all involved.

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Registered training

Build on your lived experience or on-the-job experience and receive a nationally recognised qualification.

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Customised training

Contact us to design a professional development solution for your workforce and organisation.

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Our members

Our members are community managed mental health organisations, large and small, local and NSW-wide service providers.

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Become a member

Join a strong network of community-based mental health organisations delivering better outcomes for people in New South Wales.

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Incoming Government Brief from the community mental health sector

Mental Health Coordinating Council has produced an Incoming Government Brief for the recently elected New South Wales government setting out the role and value of community-managed organisations in the delivery of key mental health services and supports.

The Brief outlines opportunities the incoming State Government may wish to prioritise to support people living with mental health conditions in NSW.  MHCC CEO Carmel Tebbutt and Chair Judi Higgins presented the Brief at a meeting with the NSW Minister for Mental Health Rose Jackson.

Four key areas of opportunity that would improve the mental health of people in NSW, support the mental health workforce and implement system reforms and cost savings are identified in the Community Managed Mental Health Incoming Government Brief.

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1. NSW and the National Agreement

The National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Agreement signed in March 2022 by the NSW and Australian Governments is a major opportunity to clarify responsibilities and additional funding for psychosocial services by each level of government.

Priority actions

2. Funding community-managed mental health

In the 2022-23 Budget, $2.9 billion was invested into mental health by the NSW Government. Despite this increased funding, NSW spends less per capita than other states to support people with mental health conditions.

Priority actions

3. Improve access to services

People experiencing mental health challenges should be able to access supports that are close to home and enable their continued connection to community. For people experiencing urgent mental health crises, there are few widely available alternatives to emergency departments. Yet, existing models of care and treatment approaches exist in the community sector.

Priority actions

4. Workforce

The community mental health and lived experience (peer) workforces are under extreme pressure, with significant, crippling shortages across the mental health workforce at a time of unprecedented demand for services.

Priority actions

For all the details see the full Community Managed Mental Health Incoming Government Brief

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