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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Long-term Support, Flexible Delivery and Step-up Step-down Services in Demand

This opinion piece by MHCC CEO, Carmel Tebbutt, ran in Sydney Morning Herald on November 10, 2020: Women can get a meal, wash their clothes or just have a chat at Lou’s Place, a busy day refuge in inner Sydney. It also connects women to services in the community: crisis support, housing and mental health. […]

Recognise the Work of Carers this National Carers Week

 The Mental Health Coordinating Council recognises and celebrates the work of carers across Australia. October 11 to 17 is National Carers Week, an initiative of Carers Australia to raise awareness among all Australians about the diversity of carers and their caring roles. MHCC CEO Carmel Tebbutt said National Carers Week is an opportunity to recognise […]

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. […]

NSW Launches Charter 2020 A National Consensus for Mental Health Reform

The Mental Health Coordinating Council has joined with over 100 leading mental health and suicide prevention organisations to sign the Charter 2020: Time to Fix Mental Health – a set of agreed principles that are crucial to improving Australia’s mental health system. This is an unprecedented show of unity ahead of the release this week […]

Challenge Stigma and Build Inclusive Communities on World Mental Health Day

October 10 is World Mental Health Day, a day to challenge perceptions of mental health and recognise the part we all play in creating a culture that supports mental health. One in five Australians live with a mental health condition and the Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC) is committed to working in partnership to build […]

More Needed to Improve NDIS Access for People with Psychosocial Disability

Significant numbers of people with complex mental health conditions are being deemed ineligible for the NDIS or have not applied due to intricacies of the applications process, a report by University of Sydney and Community Mental Health Australia shows. As Commonwealth mental health support programs like Partners in Recovery, the Personal Helpers and Mentors Service […]