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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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Media Releases

8 April 2024
A new 10-year workforce framework for the community-managed mental health in NSW
Mental Health Coordinating Council and its members urge the NSW Government to commit to investment for the development of a community-managed mental health workforce framework for 2024-2034.

4 March 2024
Pre-budget submission NSW: investment in Community Managed Mental Health services
Mental Health Coordinating Council welcomes the opportunity of the forthcoming NSW Budget to present a pre-budget submission to Government in which they advocate four overarching investment priorities.

8 December 2023
Mental Health Coordinating Council responds to Final Report of the Independent Review of the NDIS
Mental Health Coordinating Council has welcomed recommendations that speak to providing a unified system of support for people with disability and is encouraged to see that the review highlights a move to a human rights approach.

20 September 2023
Mental Health Coordinating Council responds to NSW Budget 2023 – 2024
Mental Health Coordinating Council has welcomed mental health initiatives announced in the NSW Budget, but flags concerns the Budget falls short when it comes to allocating additional funding for the community-managed mental health sector.

2 June 2023
Mental Health Coordinating Council announces new CEO for pivotal role
Mental Health Coordinating Council is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Evelyne Tadros as the new CEO to run the peak body for community mental health organisations.

28 April 2023
Mental Health Coordinating Council commences search for new CEO 
Mental Health Coordinating Council CEO Carmel Tebbutt has announced she will be resigning from her position with the peak body.

2 February 2023
Shift the balance in spending to improve outcomes for people living with mental health conditions across NSW
Figures released by the Productivity Commission show New South Wales is spending only 8.7% of its mental health budget on services delivered in the community by non-government organisations.

30 November 2022
NSW needs a dedicated form of stable funding to support community-managed mental health
A new report launched today by Mental Health Coordinating Council is calling for New South Wales to consider a new mental health payroll levy, similar to Victoria, to create a dedicated funding stream for mental health services.

6 September 2022
Mental health peer workers growing strongly: meeting to discuss impact in Wollongong and the Illawarra
Mental Health Peer Workers are the fastest growing workforce in the mental health sector in Wollongong and the Illawarra, driving positive change towards more recovery-oriented organisations.

8 July 2022
New Guide helps us find the right words, because words matter in mental health
To encourage the use of respectful and accepting language, Mental Health Coordinating Council has launched a new Recovery Oriented Language Guide for use in health services and support settings.

21 June 2022
NSW Budget 2022 -2023 mental health initiatives welcomed but miss step change investment 
We welcome initiatives announced in the 2022 – 2023 NSW Budget that improve access to services and enhance the NSW mental health system. Where the Budget falls short is in recognising the urgent need for significant systemic change to address identified gaps in psychosocial support services.”

31 May 2022
Mental health community in Port Macquarie and surrounding region regroups after challenging few years
Community-based mental health organisations in the Port Macquarie-Hastings region are seeing increased demand for their services following exposure to the multiple disasters of COVID-19, the widespread bushfires in 2019-2020 and catastrophic floods.

18 May 2022
Mental health reform needed for people living with severe and complex mental health conditions
In the final week of the Federal Election campaign, Mental Health Coordinating Council is reminding all parties that foundations need to be put in place to reduce gaps in mental health support.

2 March 2022
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 top four mental health priorities in the NSW Budget 2022 – 2023.

1 February 2022
Spending up, but more needed for people living with complex mental health conditions
Latest figures reveal spending on services delivered by community managed mental health organisations made up 8.5% of the total mental health budget, up by 1.1% on the previous reporting period.

23 November 2021
Mental health community in Newcastle and the local region regroup after challenges of COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to stretch the capacity and resources of many in the mental health sector.

19 October 2021
Free training modules to understand and develop skills in Supported Decision-Making
The two new training modules developed by MHCC are available free to everyone working with people in the psychosocial disability, mental health and human services sectors.

11 October 2021
New mental health quick reference language guide for Mental Health Week
The way we talk about mental health and the things we express publicly through the media, social media, in our homes and our workplaces can make a difference.

30 September 2021
Community mental health sector growing at pace in New South Wales
A new report highlights significant growth in the non-government community mental health workforce in New South Wales.

2 September 2021
Mental Health Rights Manual released

Launch of newly updated resource to help explain rights within the mental health system.

22 June 2021
NSW Budget 2021 – 2022 welcomed, but community mental health needs more

The NSW Budget delivered welcome new funding for mental health today, but still more investment is needed for people to access psychosocial mental health supports across the state.

25 March 2021
Priorities for action on mental health in NSW
The Mental Health Coordinating Council has laid out its road map for action to create a mental health system that ensures people living with mental health conditions get the services they need.

12 March 2021
Landmark report into the social services sector
The NSW social services sector, which employs more than 230,000 people, and provides care to more than 1 million people per year, has reached a crossroads according to an alarming new report.

25 January 2021
Mental health spending in community sector needs to increase
Spending on mental health services delivered by the crucial non-government sector is still far too low, Productivity Commission figures released today reveal.

17 November 2020
NSW State Budget 2020-2021
Today’s State Budget has been delivered after a devastating year, when drought, bushfires and the COVID 19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on the community, including on people’s mental health and wellbeing.

9 November 2020
Long-term Support, Flexible Delivery and Step-up Step-down Services in Demand
Good initiatives are stretched to the max and there are simply not enough places, particularly those linked to accommodation that many people living with severe mental health issues require.

12 October 2020
Recognise the Work of Carers this National Carers Week
The Mental Health Coordinating Council recognises and celebrates the work of carers across Australia. October 11 to 17 is National Carers Week, an initiative of Carers Australia to raise awareness among all Australians about the diversity of carers and their caring roles.

29 May 2020
New Resource Supports People from Diverse Communities
Stage 2,  was designed by and for people from diverse communities including people from within LGBTIQ+ communities, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and people living in rural and remote areas.

Media enquiries

Annika Nystrom – Communications & Engagement Manager
P   02 9060 9631

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