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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

Discover a range of ways to connect and learn through our events, forums and talks.

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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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Unpacking the Disability Royal Commission: recommendations for the mental health sector

In its landmark final report, the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of people with Disability made 222 extensive recommendations. We have examined each to understand their significance to the community mental health sector and people with lived experience of mental health.

The Final Report and its twelve volumes reflect the most robust inquiry into the experiences of people with disability across multiple service contexts in Australia.

The Report presents the Commission’s vision for an inclusive Australia, and the 222 recommendations for realising the human rights of people with disability.

MHCC expresses our appreciation on behalf of our members and the sector for the clear articulation of the numerous recommendations that align with our position.

To facilitate a better understanding of how these recommendations related to the mental health sector, we have produced an Overview and Summary report.

The Commissioners make a range of recommendations designed to achieve significant change for people with disability.

If implemented, they will help prevent violence against and abuse, neglect, and exploitation of people with disability.

The recommendations embed the human rights of people with disability in government policy and practices to ensure respect for their inherent dignity and individual autonomy.

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Human Rights informed approach

In line with Australia’s obligations under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the Commission committed to developing and implementing an approach informed by human rights.

The Commission set out to translate human rights into practical and sustainable policies and practices that change the values and standards the community expects to be upheld for people with disability.

To think about equality from a human rights-based approach is to ask, what does a person need to live a life of dignity and respect and achieve inclusion?

Realising the human rights of people with disability examines Australia’s human rights obligations and illustrates how a more comprehensive and transformative legal framework is required to achieve equality and inclusion and advance the human rights of people with disability.

MHCC presents what we hope is a user-friendly summary and overview of the report which provides a synopsis and analysis of the issues of principal interest to people living with mental health conditions and the community-managed mental health services that support them.

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Read Royal Commission Final Report


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