Advice on COVID-19 Vaccination of Health Care Workers

Advice on COVID-19 Vaccination of Health Care Workers

NSW Ministry of Health Mental Health Branch has provided the following advice to providers on the requirement for health care workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by 30 September 2021. This information is provided by the Ministry regarding the Public Health (COVID-19 Vaccination of Health Care Workers) Order 2021 “In summary, we can confirm that […]

Community sector supporting preventative care for people with mental health conditions

Community psychosocial organisations play a valuable role preventing physical poor health in people with mental health conditions, a recent study by the University of Newcastle described in a peer reviewed paper co-authored by Mental Health Coordinating Council. People living with mental health conditions have a reduced life expectancy of approximately 10 years compared to the […]

MHCC responses to consultations on the National Safety and Quality Mental Health Standards for community managed organisations

Mental Health Coordinating Council welcomed the opportunity to respond to consultations on the development of National Safety and Quality Mental Health Standards for community managed organisations. The standards are being developed by the Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Health Care in consultation with community managed organisations (CMOs) peak bodies, consumers, carers, healthcare providers, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Half of Community Mental Health Workforce is Casual or Temporary: MHCC Workforce Report

Nearly one-quarter of people who work in mental health in NSW are employed through charities and other community-managed organisations, according to the first comprehensive state-wide study of the community mental health sector’s workforce. The report, by the Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC), found community managed mental health organisations in NSW employ approximately 4745 paid staff, […]

Vale Leonie Manns

It is with deep sadness that MHCC heard about the death of MHCC’s first CEO Leonie Manns. Leonine was CEO from 1994 to 1998. As a person with lived experience Leonie had a passion for advocating in the sector and in particular for consumer participation. Leonie made a strong commitment to advocacy in the mental […]

Disability Royal Commission Update

Since the Royal Commission’s initial workshop with advocacy groups, further workshops have been held with legal practitioners and disability service providers – the latter including National Disability Services. Feedback was sought by the Commissioners on areas of focus for the enquiry. Discussion focused on homes and living, education and learning, economic participation, justice, health and sexuality. […]