MEDIA RELEASE: Community mental health sector growing at pace in New South Wales

MEDIA RELEASE: 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. Mental Health Coordinating Council’s latest Mental Health Workforce Profile: Community Managed Organisations Mental Health Workforce Report 2021 shows the workforce is growing at 6.5% annually, outstripping increases in other workforces in the mental health system. The data confirms […]

MEDIA RELEASE: Mental Health Rights Manual released

Launch of newly updated resource to help explain rights within the mental health system Mental Health Coordinating Council has today launched an extensive update of a much-valued resource, the Mental Health Rights Manual. Mental Health Rights Manual is an online guide developed by MHCC to help people better understand their legal and human rights when […]

2021-2022 NSW Budget Summary

Break down of mental health and related announcements in the NSW Budget The New South Wales Budget 2021-2022 has provided $10.9 billion over the next four years for mental health services. This summary lists the key mental health and associated initiatives and ongoing projects. Safeguards Child and Adolescent Mental Health Response Teams $109 million over […]

How trauma-informed toolkit supports practice and care in forensic mental health

In this article Acting Senior Forensic Psychologist with the Problem Behaviour Program, Forensicare Dr Bonnie Albrecht looks at the application of Mental Health Coordinating Council’s Trauma-Informed Care and Practice Organisational Toolkit in a state-wide forensic mental health service. The Community Forensic Mental Health Service (CFMHS) is a Victorian state-wide service, which provides programs for people […]

MEDIA RELEASE: Priorities for action on mental health in NSW

Priorities for action on mental health in NSW Details sent to NSW MPs outlining steps needed to turn around deficits in the mental health system. 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 […]

MEDIA RELEASE: Landmark report into the social services sector

THE SOCIAL SECTOR IN NSW CAPITALISING ON THE POTENTIAL GROWTH 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. The report from Equity Economics, commissioned by NCOSS, MHCC and other NSW peak […]

MEDIA RELEASE: 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. The Productivity Commission Report on Government Services health chapter shows nationally only 12.7% of the total mental health budget is spent on mental health services provided by community-managed organisations. NSW has one of […]

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. […]