What We Do

The Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC) is the peak body for community mental health organisations in NSW. Since 1983 we have worked to build the capacity of community organisations to support people on their recovery journeys. Informed through consultation with the sector, MHCC advocates for policy development and legislative reform and best practice approaches, and supports innovation and the value of the sector. MHCC also offers responsive and highly flexible mental health training and professional development opportunities grounded in recovery-oriented and trauma-informed practice. Our work stems from the belief that people with lived experience are drivers of positive change in all mental health services.

    • Consult with consumers, carers and other stakeholders to represent the views of our sector to government and the broader human services sector
    • Represent the views of the sector on various state and national committees and advisory working groups in order to affect systemic change
    • Build sector capacity through partnerships, collaboration, and workforce development
    • Inform the sector on strategic directions in community mental health
    • Research, publish and report on current directions in community mental health and related areas
    • Provide high quality, accredited training and professional development in response to sector needs, founded on principles of recovery-oriented and trauma-informed practice
    • Support and nurture members to deliver trauma-informed recovery-oriented services in collaboration with consumers, carers and families, other organisations and the community

UNDERLYING principles
  • Good mental health is about the whole person; their psychological, physical, emotional and spiritual needs
  • Consumer input is central to the design and delivery of mental health services
  • Communities should provide a diverse range of mental health services in order to meet local needs
  • An across-government approach to mental health is essential
MHCC is accredited under Australian Council on Heathcare Standards (ACHS).
ACHS is an independent, not-for-profit organisation.