Priorities for action on mental health in NSW

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. […]

Voice. Treaty. Truth. Let’s Work Together

MHCC supports NAIDOC Week and the theme “Voice. Treaty. Truth. Let’s Work Together”. As a community mental health organisation, MHCC understands the importance of working and walking alongside  Indigenous communities, and of acknowledging the historical truth of trauma, its intergenerational impacts and the strength of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to determine the healing […]

MHCC Quality Portal

The smarter, faster way to standards compliance and quality management. The MHCC Quality Portal is a tailored version of Standards & Performance Pathways (SPP), Australia’s leading on line solution used by over 1,500 community service and healthcare providers for accreditation, standards compliance, and continuous quality management, as well as for managing risk and performance. Whether […]

Co-design of NSW ILC Community Engagement Education Package (CEEP) Project

MHCC’s NSW ILC Community Engagement Education Package (CEEP) Project will develop learning opportunities for non-mental health specific community workers, volunteers and peers to help them better support people living with a mental health condition outside of a funded NDIS package. MHCC invites people with lived experience along with their supporters – both paid and family/friends […]

Prioritise Mental Health This Election: Responses

The State election is on Saturday and MHCC has written to all major parties asking them to make community mental health a priority by committing to four investment priorities identified by MHCC. These priorities were developed in consultation with the sector, our members, people with lived experience, carers, families and service providers. Here we publish the […]

Prioritise mental health this election

The NSW Election is on the 23 March 2019. MHCC has written to the major political parties contesting the election asking them to prioritise mental health and support the following four priorities:               Further detail is outlined in the MHCC Mental Health Priorities Snapshot. We encourage MHCC members to […]