Did you know?

On average, carers of people with a mental illness spend 104 hours per week providing that care. (Source)

Consumer and Carer Caucus

What is Caucus?

The ACT Consumer Carer Caucus (Caucus) is a forum for people with lived experience of mental illness in the ACT to meet, share information, form partnerships and be involved in the development and implementation of mental health reform.

Caucus is the only state or territory based group to have combined consumer and carer participants. We harness the expertise and knowledge of people with a lived experience of mental illness through consultation and active sector contribution and collaboration.

Caucus welcomes and encourages participation and contribution from people of diverse backgrounds.

What we do

Caucus aims to utilise identify ways to bring about positive change within the mental health sector. Caucus seeks to raise awareness and seek solutions to issues that are identified through our various channels including our regular meetings at the Griffin Centre. A number of issues or interests have arisen in meetings over the last 12 months including:

  • The monitoring and maintenance of physical health of people with mental health issues
  • The use of seclusion and restraint in general areas of the ACT Hospital Services
  • Treatment of people with mental health issues who attend ACT Emergency Departments for physical ailments
  • Causes of concern and experiences with the roll out of the NDIS in the ACT
  • Compilation of a checklist/information sheet for GPs to aid in completion of applications for NDIS packages
  • Work health and safety issues of service provider workers;

How to get involved

We invite all people with a lived experience of mental health to join us for one of our regular meetings, or sign up to our newsletter.

General meetings

Caucus currently hold four meetings a year in the MHCC ACT Meeting Room, Level 1, Griffin Centre, Genge Street, Canberra City, ACT 2601

Any and all people with a lived experience of mental health are welcome to attend the Caucus meeting. Contact Caucus for more information, call 02 6249 7756 or email caucus@mhccact.org.au.

Newsletter

If you can’t make it to a meeting or volunteer to participate in one of the working groups, you can still keep in touch through our regular newsletter. Send an email with your details to caucus@mhccact.org.au and we will include you in our mailing list.