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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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NSW Inquiry report into community mental health care shows urgent need for investment

Mental Health Coordinating Council welcomes the release of the Inquiry report, Equity, accessibility and appropriate delivery of outpatient and community mental health care in New South Wales, and urges the NSW Government to invest in the report’s recommendations.

The Inquiry report on the equity, accessibility and appropriate delivery of outpatient and community mental health care in New South Wales, highlights the need for adequate resourcing of community mental health services and the implementation of 39 recommendations to improve community and outpatient mental health care in NSW. MHCC is pleased to see that the Inquiry aligns with our recommendations to the Committee, in particular calling for investment in mental health and psychosocial services.

This report brings together priorities identified in several reviews conducted at state and national level, focusing on early intervention within the community as well as improved integration and navigation, reducing the burden on public emergency and crisis care, and ultimately providing better outcomes for the people of NSW. There is recognition for the importance of integrating peer workers into the broader mental health workforce, determine clear role definitions, framework and qualifications, and fund additional scholarship places in Mental Health Peer Work.

The Inquiry report and a separate NSW Government budget announcement has prompted a response from the NSW Mental Health Alliance, consisting of several peak bodies and community-managed organisations, of which MHCC is a member. The Alliance is calling on the Minns Government to take decisive action to fully implement the recommendations outlined in the report.

MHCC CEO Dr Evelyne Tadros says, “The critical plea to Government is to immediately commit to increase and maintain funding across the entire mental health system with a priority investment in community-based mental health services.

MHCC CEO Dr Evelyne Tadros speaking at the launch of the Inquiry report with Judy Deacon, Dr Amanda Cohn and members of the NSW Mental Health Alliance.


From left: Dr Pramudie Gunaratne, NSW Chair, The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, Jonathan Harms, CEO, Mental Health Carers NSW, Priscilla Brice, CEO, BEING – Mental Health Consumers, Dr Amanda Cohn, Member of the Legislative Council, Dr Evelyne Tadros, CEO, Mental Health Coordinating Council, Lawrence Muskitta, Head of Government Relations, Black Dog Institute, Judy Deacon.


Read the report   See our media release   NSW Mental Health Alliance

NSW Pre-Budget Submission

Mental Health Coordinating Council has made a submission to the NSW Government on the Budget priorities for the community-managed mental health sector. Through extensive consultation with MHCC members and the sector, we advocate four overarching budget priorities.

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