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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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New project to build allies and champions for the community-based mental health sector

New project to build allies and champions for the community-based mental health sector

Mental Health Coordinating Council has initiated a new project to deepen understanding and awareness among key New South Wales decision makers of the work done by community-based mental health organisations. As the NSW peak body for community managed organisations, we work to build greater knowledge and understanding of the community managed mental health sector and […]

2022 Federal Budget Preliminary Analysis for community mental health

Sector welcomes increased funding for mental health services in some areas, however, the lack of support for psychosocial services a concern. Mental Health Community Coalition ACT’s Senior Policy and Systemic Advocacy Officer, Corinne Dobson, has provided a preliminary analysis on the Federal Budget and what it means for the sector. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg delivered the […]

Top four investment priorities for mental health in New South Wales Budget 2022 – 2023

Mental Health Coordinating Council is calling for the New South Wales Government to address the following top four mental health priorities in the NSW Budget 2022 – 2023.   5,000 additional housing and accommodation support packages for people living with a severe mental health condition, delivered over four years at an additional cost of $190 […]

New investment needed to address the gap in psychosocial support services

Opinion piece by Carmel Tebbutt, CEO Mental Health Coordinating Council When the Productivity Commission released its watershed report into mental health over 12 months ago, it clearly articulated the need to expand the provision of psychosocial supports to the thousands of people missing out on these crucial services. To help propel governments towards this solution, […]

Advice on COVID-19 Vaccination of Health Care Workers

NSW Ministry of Health Mental Health Branch has provided the following advice to providers on the requirement for health care workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by 30 September 2021. This information is provided by the Ministry regarding the Public Health (COVID-19 Vaccination of Health Care Workers) Order 2021 “In summary, we can confirm that […]

Community sector supporting preventative care for people with mental health conditions

Community psychosocial organisations play a valuable role preventing physical poor health in people with mental health conditions, a recent study by the University of Newcastle described in a peer reviewed paper co-authored by Mental Health Coordinating Council. People living with mental health conditions have a reduced life expectancy of approximately 10 years compared to the […]

MHCC responses to consultations on the National Safety and Quality Mental Health Standards for community managed organisations

Mental Health Coordinating Council welcomed the opportunity to respond to consultations on the development of National Safety and Quality Mental Health Standards for community managed organisations. The standards are being developed by the Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Health Care in consultation with community managed organisations (CMOs) peak bodies, consumers, carers, healthcare providers, […]

2021-2022 NSW Budget Summary

Break down of mental health and related announcements in the NSW Budget The New South Wales Budget 2021-2022 has provided $10.9 billion over the next four years for mental health services. This summary lists the key mental health and associated initiatives and ongoing projects. Safeguards Child and Adolescent Mental Health Response Teams $109 million over […]

How trauma-informed toolkit supports practice and care in forensic mental health

In this article Acting Senior Forensic Psychologist with the Problem Behaviour Program, Forensicare Dr Bonnie Albrecht looks at the application of Mental Health Coordinating Council’s Trauma-Informed Care and Practice Organisational Toolkit in a state-wide forensic mental health service. The Community Forensic Mental Health Service (CFMHS) is a Victorian state-wide service, which provides programs for people […]

Vale Tina Smith

MHCC learnt the very sad news earlier this week that our friend and former colleague Tina Smith passed away after a stroke. Tina was a passionate advocate for the community mental health sector and worked for nearly thirty years here and in the US to improve the lives of people with mental health conditions. Thirteen […]

Long-term Support, Flexible Delivery and Step-up Step-down Services in Demand

This opinion piece by MHCC CEO, Carmel Tebbutt, ran in Sydney Morning Herald on November 10, 2020: Women can get a meal, wash their clothes or just have a chat at Lou’s Place, a busy day refuge in inner Sydney. It also connects women to services in the community: crisis support, housing and mental health. […]

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