Policy Development & Legislative Reform
MHCC Submissions to government on policy and legislative reform
MHCC has an important focus to influence, improve or change public policy and legislation that affects people with mental health problems, their carers and the organisations that support them.
MHCC aims to ensure mental health holds a strong place on the government agenda and is not overlooked as policies are shaped and altered to include those that are affected by them. Mental health is a central factor in all areas of community life and consequently must always be an essential consideration in the development of policy and legislation.
The process of reform in all aspects of policy and law making is very fluid. Commonwealth and state governments review and amend legislation on an ongoing basis. Part of this process is to consult with the community and provide opportunities for interested stakeholders to respond to reviews of existing or proposed legislation.
Both the State and Federal Governments and their associated departments provide information on current policies and you can download many of the current documents, plans and initiatives. Useful Links.
As well as maintaining good relationships with government enabling ongoing communication and inclusion on advisory committees, MHCC participates in program reviews and provides submissions to government and other bodies sources on behalf of the community mental health sector in NSW and nationally. MHCC submissions are freely available to download from this website.
MHCC regularly facilitate consultations for its membership and the community to respond to policy reform and all mental health related legislation and service delivery.
When quoting from a MHCC publication, please use the following reference protocol:
Mental Health Coordinating Council (DATE year only). Title of submission; paper; article; report; abstract etc underlined; italic or bold font. Authors. Sydney, Australia.
An example would be:
Mental Health Coordinating Council (2006). Mapping the Difference We Make. NGO use of routine consumer outcome evaluation in providing mental health care in NSW. 25, 35-44. Author: Penrose-Wall, J. (2006).