Vale Tina Smith

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 […]

MEDIA RELEASE: NSW State Budget 20/21

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.  A recent IPSOS poll showed 45% believed their mental health had been affected a “great deal” or a “fair amount” by the […]

New Resource Supports People from Diverse Communities

New online resources to support people with a psychosocial disability to access the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) are being launched today. Participation by people from diverse communities is crucial to the success of the NDIS – Stage 2, reaches out to people from diverse communities around Australia who are living with psychosocial disabilities. […]

COVID-19 Update – 5 May

Commonwealth Government announced changes to JobKeeper program On Friday, 24 April, the Commonwealth Government announced changes to the JobKeeper program that could significantly benefit many CMOs. These new updates allow ACNC registered charities to elect to exclude government revenue from the JobKeeper turnover test, making it easier to qualify. You can read more about how this could […]

COVID-19 Update – 28 April

JobKeeper Update JobKeeper Directives + Fair Work Changes: Your Comprehensive Guide On 9 April 2020, the Fair Work Act was amended to support the implementation and operation of the JobKeeper wage subsidy scheme (JobKeeper scheme) in Australian workplaces. The new provisions apply to employers who have qualified for the JobKeeper scheme and their eligible employees. […]

Vale Tony Humphrey

Tony Humphrey has devoted more than 30 years of his life to working for improvements in mental health and suicide prevention services. He has been involved in many community managed mental health organisations and committees at both a state and national level and has supported hundreds of individuals. Tony served on the MHCC board from […]

Member Questionnaire – Impact of COVID-19

MHCC is in regular contact with NSW and Australian government agencies regarding the impact of COVID-19 on community mental health organisations. We are consulting members to understand your concerns and issues and it will be helpful to our advocacy efforts to have some more detailed information about the issues you are confronting in these unprecedented […]

COVID-19 Update – 15 April

 JobKeeper Update The Bill introducing the JobKeeper payment passed through all stages of Parliament on 8 April 2020. Find further information in relation to this and how the new legislation impacts your business here. The Fair Work Commission  The Fair Work Commission has found gaps in current laws meaning that some employees do not have […]

COVID 19 Update – 7 April

Financial Support and Subsidy Update The Australian Government has announced a range of measures to support organisations with the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic. We know this is a very challenging time for community mental health organisations and MHCC is keen to assist members to become familiar with the financial subsidies available. The information below […]

COVID-19 Update – 31 March

MHCC have been consulting with members about the impact of Coronavirus and communicating issues to both the NSW and Australian Government agencies as appropriate. We understand this is a very challenging time for member organisations and things are changing rapidly. We are keeping members informed about the latest COVID 19 advice through our e-newsletter FYI […]


MHCC is very aware of the impact the COVID-19 outbreak is having on the mental health sector. These are difficult times and in this rapidly changing environment, MHCC is monitoring Australian and NSW Government advice regarding COVID 19 and providing regular updates to members through our weekly e newsletter FYI . We are consulting member […]

Your Experience of Service – Community Managed Organisations (YES-CMO)

What is YES-CMO? The Your Experience of Service- Community Managed Organisations (YES-CMO) questionnaire is currently being piloted in the NSW community managed mental health sector. The YES-CMO questionnaire is designed to gather information from people with a lived experience of mental health conditions about the support they receive from CMOs.  By better understanding the experience […]