COVID-19 Update - ACT Mental Health Sector - 3 April 2020

There is a huge amount of information now hitting MHCC ACT inboxes about COVID-19 - and probably yours too! So in this edition we have tried to distill this information down to that which is most important and useful for you. As always - your feedback is encouraged.

Update from MHCC ACT MHCC ACT continues to work closely with the other health sector peaks to advocate for the needs of health and social care NGOs, including psychosocial disability NDIS providers. We are working with the responsible people in ACT Health Directorate in particular, and engaging with Canberra Health Services too. Some of the key issues MHCC ACT and the other peaks have been working on this week are:

  • Continued advocacy for greater clarity about continuation of funding, flexibility in service delivery and suspension of contract KPIs.

  • Identification of emerging needs and issues in the community and what is needed to respond to them

  • Criteria for assessing which services or supports should be prioritised for support and funding through the ACT Government stimulus package   

  • Defining what an "Essential Service" is and potential tools to help organisations decide what programs or services can or can't continue as circumstances change

Reliable sources At the bottom of the newsletter is a section with links to reliable sources of information, tools, checklists and other resources. We will continually update this as we come across new sources.  We urge you all to take good care and maintain physical distancing in any interaction with other people. 

During this period MHCC ACT staff will be mostly working from home. The best way to contact us is via email (

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