Welcome to the website of the Mental Health Community Coalition of the ACT
MHCC ACT is the peak body representing the not for profit community mental health sector in the Australian Capital Territory. Founded in 2004, MHCC ACT promotes a diverse range of community agencies and local consumer and carer groups.
If you would like to learn more about our work please contact us by following the link at top of this page or subscribe to our regular e-bulletin by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- National Mental Health Commissioners on ACT Comorbidity Bus Tour
- MHCC Sector Development Workshops - Report
- Forum - Review of the Mental Health Act
- Quarterly Community Forum - The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) & MHCC Consumer and Carer participation
- MHCC ACT submission to the ACT Budget released
- MHCC ACT Strategic Plan 2012-2016
- MHCC ACT Position Statement – A smoke-free policy in ACT MH facilities
- Membership 2012- 2013
- April - May 2013 Training and Professional Development Calendar
- Comorbidity Bus Tours
- Exposure draft ACT Mental Health Act - MHCC ACT Submission
- Standards and Performance Pathways portal
- Let's Talk – It's OK to Talk
National Mental Health Commissioners on ACT Comorbidity Bus Tour
MHCC Sector Development Workshops - Report
Forum - Review of the Mental Health Act
- A list of changes for the second exposure draft
- A summary of the changes from the first exposure draft
(these two documents together give a summary of all the changes proposed to the Act)
- The draft Amendment Bill
- A new ‘Mock-up’ of how the Act will look with the proposed amendments
Quarterly Community Forum - The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) & MHCC Consumer and Carer participation
MHCC ACT submission to the ACT Budget released
- Preparing the sector, including consumers, carers and organisations for the NDIS.
- Accommodation, including advocating for a “HOME in Queanbeyan”-style project in the ACT and intensive supported options for the most complex clients.
- MH promotion, including education on eating disorders and increasing use of e-interventions.
- Education and resourcing for implementation of new MH legislation
MHCC ACT Strategic Plan 2012-2016
The Strategic Plan outlines five areas of focus for MHCC ACT for the next four years:
1. Empowerment of the ACT Community Mental Health Sector
2. Quality person-centred care services for people with lived experience
3. An integrated, sustainable mental health sector
4. Awareness and understanding
5. Organisational sustainability
Plan inform MHCC ACT staff workplans and MHCC ACT will be continuingly reporting on progress against those goals to the MHCC ACT Board.
MHCC ACT Position Statement – A smoke-free policy in ACT MH facilities
ACT Health Directorate has decided to introduce a smoke-free policy across mental health facilities in the ACT. Mental Health Community Coalition ACT recognises that there are valid arguments both in favour of and against introducing smoke-free policies in mental health facilities. These include an important responsibility to protect staff and patients from the adverse effects of smoking and the likelihood that a smoking ban will decrease the number of people with mental illness seeking voluntary admission to an inpatient MH facility.
MHCC ACT recommends delaying the introduction of the smoke-free policy in ACT MH facilities to allow adequate time for preparation for the introduction of the policy and to ensure that the welfare and wellbeing of affected consumers is at the centre of all considerations of the implementation of the smoke-free policy.
Information on the proposed smoke-free policy across mental health facilities in the ACT was presented at a forum co-sponsored by MHCC ACt and ACT Health Directorate. This forum heard both ACT Health Directorate and consumer advocate perspectives. There was also a presentation by Senior Lecturer, Flinders University, Sharon Lawn of some of the research evidence on implementation of smoke-free policies in inpatient mental health facilities.
To see the forum flyer click HERE .
To see Sharon Lawn’s presentation click HERE
To see the ACT Health Directorate presentation click HERE
To see MHCC ACT notes from the forum click HERE
To see alternative notes from the forum click HERE
Membership 2012- 2013
We would like to invite you to renew your membership for the 2012-13 financial year.
Please complete and return the form to Rachel via fax on 6249 7801, email email@example.com or by dropping in to our office.
April - May 2013 Training and Professional Development CalendarThe Training and Professional Development Calendar is produced bimonthly by the Youth Coalition of the ACT in partnership with the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Association ACT (ATODA) and the Mental Health Community Coalition (MHCC) ACT.
The Training Calendar provides training and professional development opportunities for workers in the youth, alcohol and other drug, mental health, family support and community sectors. This calendar has an average distribution of over 400 in the ACT and surrounding areas to workers in these fields.
The next Training Calendar will be for June - July 2013. To include your training in this calendar, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call MHCC ACT on (02) 6249 7756 to provide the following details:
- Name of training / course
- Date(s) of training / course
- Contact person / phone number / email addresses for RSVP
- Cost of training / course
Paper copies of the Training and Professional Development Calendar are available at the MHCC ACT office.
Comorbidity Bus Tours
- Wednesday 27 February 2013
- Wednesday 8 May 2013
- Karralika Therapeutic Community, Karralika Programs Inc.
- DIRECTIONS ACT
- Adult Mental Health Inpatient Unit, Mental Health Services
- Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team (CATT), Mental Health Services
- Opioid Treatment Service, Alcohol and Drug Services
- Withdrawal Unit, Alcohol and Drug Services
- Canberra Recovery Services, Salvation Army
- Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service
- National Drugs Sector Information Service, Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia (ADCA)
- Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Association ACT (ATODA)
- Wednesday 20 March 2013
- Wednesday 29 May 2013
- Brian Hennessy Rehabilitation Centre, Mental Health Services
- Arcadia House, DIRECTIONS ACT
- Calvary Inpatient Unit (Ward 2N), Calvary Hospital
- Lesley's Place, Toora Women Inc.
- Step Up Step Down Program, Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria
- Alcohol and Drug Services, Health Directorate
- Canberra Alliance for Harm Minimimsation and Advocacy (CAHMA)
- The Connection
- ACT Mental Health Consumer Network
- Mental Health Community Coalition ACT
- Women's Information, Resources and Education on Drugs and Dependency (WIREDD), Toora Women Inc.
- CAN Program, Richmond Fellowship of the ACT
- The Rainbow, Mental Health Foundation
- Wednesday 17 April 2013
- Wednesday 26 June 2013
- Youth Coalition of the ACT
- PALM Program, Ted Noffs Foundation
- STEPS, CatholicCare Canberra and Goulburn
- headspace ACT
- The Cottage, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service
- Gugan Gulwan Youth Aboriginal Corporation
- Sobering Up Shelter, CatholicCare Canberra and Goulburn
- Court Alcohol and Drug Assessment Service (CADAS), Alcohol and Drug Services
- Needle and Syringe Vending Machine
- CALM Program, Ted Noffs Foundation
- Junction Youth Health Service, Anglicare ACT
- $50 - Participants from agencies who are members of ATODA, MHCC ACT or the Youth Coalition, or staff members of a service visited on the bus tour
- $60 - Participants from non-member, non-government organisations
- $70 - Government workers (except those from a service visited on the bus tour)
Exposure draft ACT Mental Health Act - MHCC ACT Submission
Standards and Performance Pathways portal
ACT Community Mental Health Sector group subscription
MHCC ACT and BNG NGO Services Online are partnering to provide a subsidised group subscription to this valuable online service to MHCC ACT members. The Standards and Performance Pathways (SPP) is a new product of BNG NGO Services Online and is an integrated online system for the completion of self-assessments, quality improvement and compliance activities related to service and quality standards, including the National Standards for Mental Health Services.
The Standards and Performance Pathways was developed to provide NGOs with an easy, electronic system for completing standards assessments, supported by resources to enable them to complete improvement tasks, and, through its comprehensive cross referencing, a way of completing multiple sets of standards through a single assessment process.
Where NGOs have a single set of standards, SPP provides a simple to use online interactive tool, guiding and resourcing organisations through this process, tracking progress and collating evidence for reporting.
The Standards and Performance Pathways will support ACT Community Mental Health Sector organisations to transition to reporting on the National Standards for Mental Health Services in six monthly contract reports, as required by the ACT MH Policy Unit from July 2013, and provides tools and resources for quality improvement related to the Standards.
For more information on the group subscription CLICK HERE to view SPP Information for MHCC ACT members
For more information on Standards and Performance Pathways CLICK HERE to view SPP Information Sheet
To register to take advantage of this great SPP portal group membership offer go to the online registration form (note: this is a link to an external website): CLICK here SPP Online Registration Portal
For more information on the National Standards for Mental Health Services and MHCC ACT services, please contact MHCC ACT on ph: 6249 7756 or email: email@example.com