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

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

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Safeguards & Monitoring: Summary Report and Landscape Review

Safeguards & Monitoring: Summary Report and Landscape Review

Mental health community-managed organisations (CMOs) play a crucial role in achieving the goals of the Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan and Living Well: A Strategic Plan for Mental Health in NSW.  These plans both envision an expanded role for the community-managed mental health sector with an emphasis on strengthened safeguarding, monitoring and […]

Prioritise mental health this election

The NSW Election is on the 23 March 2019. MHCC has written to the major political parties contesting the election asking them to prioritise mental health and support the following four priorities:               Further detail is outlined in the MHCC Mental Health Priorities Snapshot. We encourage MHCC members to […]

View from the Peak – February 2019

Check out the February interactive edition of View from the Peak available online now In this issue: From the CEO Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work Graduation day MHCC Members survey CMHDARN grant recipients MHCC community inclusion projects TICPOT launch Social benefit bonds feature Members profile: Sydney Drug Education & Counselling Centre New resources and […]

NSW Needs to Lift Spending on Community Mental Health

NSW again lags other states in spending on mental health services delivered by community managed organisations, revealed in Productivity Commission figures released today. The Productivity Commission Report on Government Services health chapter shows NSW spends less than 7 percent of its mental health budget on non-government organisations, lower than most other states. More than 55 […]

Mental Health Matters: Future Investment Priorities for NSW

MHCC has released a significant new report that identifies key priorities for community mental health investment. The report, Mental Health Matters: Future Investment Priorities for NSW, calls for greater resources for mental health services and to shift the emphasis from hospital treatment towards prevention and community support. Compared to other states, NSW spends the lowest […]


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 […]

MHCC 2017/18 Annual Report

Our Annual Report charts a year of change both within our organisation and the sector. MHCC has supported a strong community-managed mental health sector with policy leadership, research, training and resources. The report shows the progression of our recognised expertise in peer workforce development, recovery-oriented practice, trauma-informed care and the NDIS, all of which are highly valued […]

View from the Peak – October 2018

Check out the October interactive edition of View from the Peak available online now In this issue: MHCC CEO and Senior Managers Lunchtime Forum on Young People and Mental Health From the CEO Monitoring and Safeguards: Protecting the Rights of People Receiving Support from CMOs MHCC Activities At a Glance CMHDARN Symposium NDIS Challenges and […]

MHCC Members Forum on Young People and Mental Health – Parliament House Sydney

Speaking at MHCC’s Parliamentary Forum on 26th September 2018, Professor Patrick McGorry called for a people’s movement, Australians for Mental Health, to lift Australia’s under-investment in mental health and to fill the “missing middle” in mental health services between acute and primary care. Addressing state MP’s and community mental health organisations, Prof McGorry, Executive Director […]

Welcome Here Project

MHCC is now a proud member of ACON’s Welcome Here Project. The Project supports organisations throughout NSW to create environments that are visibly welcoming and inclusive of LGBTIQ+ people, and to assist in creating positive change in local communities. Registered Welcoming Places also display a charter that brings to life their commitment to the project, and […]

Safeguards in NSW: Protecting the Rights of People Receiving Support from CMOs

In NSW, community managed organisations provide a diversity of supports for people living with mental health conditions. Amid growing understanding that people can live well in the community with the right supports, government policy is focused on increasing community service options. MHCC has funding from the Ministry of Health to study the monitoring of mental […]

Help Shape Mental Health Training

NSW Ministry of Health, Mental Health Branch is conducting a Mental Health Training Needs Analysis to prioritise training topics for the next five years. Workforce survey The survey will benefit health, education and social sector workforces under the draft NSW Strategic Framework for Mental Health and Workforce Plan 2018-2022. It will also assist agencies intending […]

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