Suicide prevention a priority in NSW Mental Health Budget

Suicide prevention a priority in NSW Mental Health Budget

In a Budget that forecasts slower overall growth and a reduction in “back office” staff, mental health funding has remained steady. The NSW 2019/20 Budget provides $2.1 billion for mental health services and $72.7 million for capital expenses.  Mental health services expenditure remains 9% of the overall health budget in 2019/20. MHCC CEO Carmel Tebbutt […]

Mental Health Coordinating Council Supports National Reconciliation Week

The Mental Health Coordinating Council supports National Reconciliation Week, May 27-June 3, and this year’s theme, Grounded in Truth, Walk Together in Courage. National Reconciliation Week promotes the importance of comprehensive truth-telling when talking about Australia’s  history, in order to build strong relationships between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. […]

$500,000 for Mental health Scholarships

Mental Health Minister Tanya Davies today announced the funding will be provided to the Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC) for 280 professional development scholarships for mental health workers and 80 transition to work and study scholarships for people experiencing mental health issues over the next two years. MHCC welcomes the announcement by the Coalition Government of $500 000 […]

NSW Needs to Lift Spending on Community Mental Health

NSW again lags other states in spending on mental health services delivered by community managed organisations, revealed in Productivity Commission figures released today. The Productivity Commission Report on Government Services health chapter shows NSW spends less than 7 percent of its mental health budget on non-government organisations, lower than most other states. More than 55 […]