The Mental Health Community Coalition of the ACT (MHCC ACT) is the peak body for the community-managed mental health sector in the ACT.

Our members are individuals and organisations offering vital support services for people with lived experience of mental illness and their carers.

We work collaboratively with members and stakeholders to influence policy reform, promote evidence-based service provision and foster strong partnerships between services.

We are committed to supporting and enhancing the capacity of the sector to deliver quality, inclusive and innovative mental health services to the ACT community.

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MHCC ACT attends Mental Health Australia Parliamentary Advocacy Day

Executive Officer, Simon Viereck, and Policy & Sector Development Manager, Leith Felton-Taylor, will attend the Parliamentary Advocacy Day and Members Policy Forum to contribute to the discussion on national mental health reform.

The forum will be held at Parliament House on Thursday, March 23rd and will attract around 40 MPs and Senators including the Prime Minister, the Hon. Greg Hunt, Federal Minister for Health and Julie Collins, Shadow Minister for Ageing and Mental Health.

This will be a unique opportunity for MHCC ACT to drive important issues on our reform agenda through direct engagement with policy makers. MHCC ACT will advocate for:

  • Improved services under the NDIS for people with psychosocial disabilities; including commissioning of services which support a holistic approach to recovery; removal of arbitrary restrictions on Primary Health Networks; and improved national-level coordination;
  • Transparency and partnership with consumers, carers and service providers to ensure mental health reform is guided by lived experience;
  • How best to support the wellbeing and recovery of people with mental illness who are currently falling through the gap due to NDIS ineligibility.

We would invite all MHCCACT members to contact us [hyperlink to communications@mhccact.org.au] to ask questions or raise any issues of concern. We will do our best to put these issues forward to relevant politicians on the day.