Mental Health Reform
We work closely with our members, our state and territory counterparts to influence
Government policies that impact on the 3.2 million Australians affected by mental health issues each year.
Office for Mental Health
MHCC ACT is currently involved in shaping the model for a new ACT Office for Mental Health. This Office will enhance service coordination, develop strategies to reduce suicide, and provide oversight and advice on improving the ACT mental health system.
The establishment of the Office for Mental Health was a commitment of the Labor and Greens 2016 Parliamentary Agreement.
Alongside key community mental health service providers, MHCC ACT and its members have the opportunity to shape and influence the design of the new Office, determining its roles, responsibilities, functions and structure.
As a member of the Steering Group for the Office for Mental Health, MHCC ACT is consulting with members and stakeholders around how the Office should operate and its purpose.
We recently held a meeting of our members and other community mental health service providers. You can read a discussion paper prepared for this meeting or view a summary of key points delivered to Government here.
National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
MHCC ACT is committed to building the capacity of the community-managed sector to respond and adapt through the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
We believe the NDIS has enormous potential to improve the lives of people living with psychosocial disability.
Our priorities are:
- Increased Government investment in community-based services,
- Improved NDIS responsiveness to the needs of people with mental health issues, and
- Improved transparency and partnership with consumers, carers and service providers.