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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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Alliance for Mental Health

Peak bodies come together to call for urgent reform and investment in mental health

Mental Health Coordinating Council has joined an alliance of peak bodies representing mental health workers, consumers and carers across New South Wales, to call for urgent reform and investment in mental health services and champion system reform and redesign for the incoming NSW government.

Following the NSW State of Mental Health survey conducted earlier in the year with over 1,300 mental health practitioners including community workers, peer workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, GPs, and carers, a new report from the alliance, The NSW mental health care system on the brink: Evidence from the frontline, reveals the critical issues in the state’s mental health system that need urgent government attention.

The NSW mental health care system on the brink: Evidence from the frontline

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What the alliance asks for

Productivity Commission data shows NSW has the lowest spend per capita for mental health in 2020-21, a gap set to widen with recent commitments from Queensland and Victoria to bolster the sector.


The alliance is urging all political parties for a commitment to the following:

  • Establish an expert taskforce within 12 months, to conduct a gap analysis of mental health services across the state.
  • Improve access and quality of care through more coherent and connected services, informed by active engagement with key health stakeholders and best-practice, evidence-based care.
  • Inject new funding into the state’s mental health system and workforce, similar to Victoria and Queensland

Statement from Alliance Members

A joint statement from CEOs and leaders of the alliance members has been issued to urge the government and opposition to act on the above commitments.


See the joint statement  See the expert comments


Marking the report launch

The report The NSW mental health care system on the brink: Evidence from the frontline was launched at a press conference on Tuesday 14 March 2023 which members of the alliance and the media attended.

RANZCP NSW 2023 State Election Candidate Forum

Watch the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists NSW Election virtual candidates forum held on Thursday 16 March 2023.

This interactive online event was an opportunity to hear directly from NSW political parties about their plans for the mental health system in the lead-up to the NSW Election on 25 March 2023. Participants also had the opportunity to provide direct feedback on their views and to hear from experts from RANZCP and other organisations.

Our submission for more support to community-managed mental health

Mental Health Coordinating Council has also submitted a report to Members of Parliament to advocate for greater investment to support community-managed mental health.

See our four key recommendations in the report Shifting the Balance: Investment priorities for mental health in NSW.

Read our submission
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