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Visit the Publications page to download the current version of the MHCC ACT Strategic Plan


See below for a list of useful resources, curated by the staff of the MHCC ACT.

If you are aware of a resource that should be included here, please contact us and let us know.

The Act

The ACT’s new Mental Health Act 2015 came into effect on 1 March 2016, giving those in the ACT living with a mental illness, or their carers and family members, greater opportunity to contribute to decisions on their treatment, care and support.

Contributing Lives, Thriving Communities – Review Of Mental Health Programmes And Services

The Commonwealth Government tasked the National Mental Health Commission with conducting a national review of mental health programmes and services. The Contributing Lives, Thriving Communities – Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services was provided to the Commonwealth Government on 1 December 2014 and has now been officially released.

On the 26 November 2015 the Australian Government released its response to the Commission’s mental health review: Contributing Lives, Thriving Communities.

Service Sector Reform: A Roadmap For Community And Human Services Reform [PDF] provides a thoughtful analysis and makes a range of recommendations including the need for better integration of services; a greater focus on measuring outcomes in people’s lives; fostering a culture of collaboration; ensuring a capable workforce; simplifying regulation; and improving productivity and accountability.

A Contributing Life: The 2013 National Report Card on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention continues the National Mental Health Commission’s commitment for change, building upon the foundations and whole of life scope established in A Contributing Life: the 2012 National Report Card on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention.

A National Framework For Recovery-Oriented Mental Health Services: Guide for Practitioners and Providers is a guide for mental health practitioners and services to Australia’s national framework for recovery-oriented mental health services. It provides definitions for the concepts of recovery and lived experience.

Framework For Mental Health In Multicultural Australia: Towards Culturally Inclusive Service Delivery has been developed to help services evaluate their cultural responsiveness and enhance their delivery of services to CALD communities.

Mental Health Statement of Rights and Responsibilities [PDF] provides an overarching framework to guide policy and practice and inform consumers and carers.

National Standards For Mental Health Services outlines a revised set of mental health service standards which can be applied to all mental health services, including government, non-government and private sectors across Australia.

Useful links

Children of parents with a mental illness (COPMI) includes fact sheets, newsletters, DVDs etc for teachers, young people, children, parents, social workers.

The mindhealthconnect was launched in July 2012 as part of the Australian Government’s National E-Mental Health Strategy.

Mental Health Services in Australia uses the most recent data available on the range of mental health services in Australia to describe the activity and characteristics of Australia’s mental health care services. It contains statistical information and describes the mental health service system in Australia. A summary of the information is also available in PDF.

Mental Health Online (formerly Anxiety Online) is an internet-based treatment clinic for people with mental health problems. It is an initiative of the National eTherapy Centre (NeTC) at Swinburne University of Technology and funded by the Federal Department of Health and Ageing.

ANU, Centre for Mental Health Research, Online self-help programs – e-hub develops and evaluates websites that deliver psycho-education and psychological interventions for common mental health problems. Includes links to BluePages, MoodGYM, e-couch, BlueBoard and Beacon.

UNSW/St Vincents Hospital, Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety and Depression (CRUfAD)  a research unit focused on online education and treatment for health and wellbeing.

Peak industry bodies

Community Mental Health Australia (CMHA) Inc. is a coalition of the eight state and territory peak community mental health organisations, established to provide leadership and direction promoting the benefits of community mental health and recovery services across Australia. We are the member in the ACT, and the other seven organisation are:

Libraries and clearinhouses

Closing the Gap Clearinghouse for research and evaluation evidence on what works to overcome Indigenous disadvantage.

The Drug Info resource centre is a comprehensive alcohol and other drug (AOD) library and information service for people working and studying in alcohol and drug-related work settings.

The Centre for Psychiatric Rehabilitation Recovery Resources  is a research, training, and service organisation dedicated to improving the lives of persons who have psychiatric disabilities.