Consumers and Carers
National Register of Mental Health Consumer & Carer Representatives
The National Register is a pool of 60 trained mental health consumer and carer representatives from across Australia, who work at the national level to provide a strong consumer and carer voice in the mental health sector.
Members of the National Register use their lived experience, knowledge of the mental health system and communication skills to advocate and promote the issues and concerns of mental health consumers and carers.
The National Register was established in 2007 and is an ongoing project at Mental Health Australia, funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.
National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum
The National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum (NMHCCF) is the combined national voice for mental health consumers and carers participating in the development of Australian mental health sector and its services.
The NMHCCF functions under the auspices of Mental Health Australia.
Annual Issues and Opportunities Workshop
Each year, Mental Health Australia hosts an Annual Issues and Opportunities Workshop for members of the National Register of Mental Health Consumer and Carer Representatives (National Register) and the National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum (NMHCCF).
These two-day workshops aim to further develop the representative skills of mental health consumers and carers already participating in national policy initiatives. In particular, the workshops are designed to develop representatives’ advocacy, policy development and leadership skills. The workshops also provide important networking opportunities for representatives.
Checklists for Consumer and Carers - Mental Health Treatment Options
When talking to your mental health practitioner, there are questions that you could consider asking. Mental Health Australia has available some checklists with some suggestions for questions you may want to ask.