2021-2022 NSW Budget Summary

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 – reimagine.today 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. […]