ACT Mental Health Consumer Network
The ACT Mental Health Consumer Network is a consumer-led peak organisation representing the interests of mental health consumers in the ACT in policy and decision-making forums. The Network is committed to social justice and the inclusion of people with experience of mental illness. Their aim is to bring about a higher standard of health care in the mental health sector through representation, lobbying and active involvement in new developments in the mental health sector.
Allied Health Professions Australia (AHPA)
Allied Health Professions Australia (AHPA) is the recognised national voice for allied health professions which provide crucial support for people experiencing disability, chronic illness, mental ill health and a wide range of other health issues. Allied health professionals represent almost a third of the country’s health care workforce and deliver over 200 million health services annually. Some of our professions are primarily involved in providing care and support in the mental health space both in terms of psychological and physical therapies, others less so, but all interact with those encountering mental health challenges at some stage. Mental Health is indeed everyone’s business and allied health are keenly aware of this. We strongly advocate for improved access to necessary allied health treatment especially those who suffer disadvantage.
Anglicare Tasmania Inc
Anglicare TAS: Mental health is for everyone. We all have to face challenges in life. People who have good mental health are more likely to be able to cope with the ups and downs. Our mental health is made up of our psychological, emotional and social wellbeing. This means it affects how we feel, think and behave each day. Our mental health also contributes to our decision-making process, how we cope with stress and how we relate to others in our lives. Anglicare has a number of services to support people who are affected by mental health issues.
Anxiety Recovery Centre Victoria
The Anxiety Recovery Centre Victoria (ARCVic) is a state-wide, specialist mental health organisation, providing support, recovery and educational services to people and families living with anxiety disorders. They aim to support and equip people with knowledge and skills that will build resilience and recovery and reduce the impact of anxiety disorders.
Arafmi is a not for profit community organisation that has been providing quality supports to carers of people with mental health illness for over 40 years. We support our carers with services including carer support groups, carer education workshops and a 24 hour support phone line. We also support their loved ones with NDIS services including respite accommodation, support workers and support coordination. The message from Arafmi to our carers is: you are not alone.
Australian Red Cross
Australian Red Cross is building a better society based on people helping people.
They save lives and support people before and after disasters strike. They work to alleviate suffering during wars and conflict and promote the laws of war. And they work to assist the most vulnerable community members – no matter their circumstances.
They work with politicians, policy-makers, organisations and the public to improve the situation of the most vulnerable people in Australia and around the world.
They advocate based on direct experience and evidence, and empower people to speak out and take action to improve their lives.
They will always focus on the needs and perspectives of vulnerable people, in their areas of expertise.
They are bound their Fundamental Principles of Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, Independence, Voluntary service, Unity and Universality.
Being - Mental Health & Wellbeing
Being is the independent, state-wide peak organisation for people with a lived experience of mental illness (consumers) in NSW. They work with consumers to achieve and support systemic change. BEING acts as a bridge between mental health consumers and the government. An essential part of their role is to encourage mental health consumers to provide input into decision making at all levels concerning the way mental health services are provided. They gather information and lobby the decision makers about issues relevant to the mental health system. They seek to influence legislation and policy introduced by the government where it affects the lives of mental health consumers. BEING also keeps people informed of what is happening in the state through their Network.
Black Swan Health
Black Swan Health was established in 2014 as an independent not-for-profit company limited by guarantee. Its primary focus is the provision of high quality primary and mental health services that achieve positive health outcomes for the community. Black Swan Health emerged from changes in the funding and service delivery model for primary health care and in 2015, acquired all direct service delivery programs previously provided by Panorama Health Network (formerly known as Perth North Metro Medicare Local, Osborne GP Network and Osborne Division of General Practice). In 2016 Black Swan Health also acquired One Healthy Community (formerly operating as Fremantle Medicare Local). Black Swan Health and its related entities has operated primarily in the health, community and mental health sectors since 1993, developing a considerable body of knowledge in the delivery and evaluation of programs and services. As a registered provider of disability services, Black Swan Health has also embedded the principles of person centred practice into its day to day service delivery and has well established outcome based reporting and measurement systems in place across all areas.
breakthru is a national for purpose company that has worked with 1000’s of Australians over the past 25 years to access the services they need to live their best life. Through the provision of high-quality person-centric programs, we enable people to address mental health, employment, disability, homelessness and training needs. At breakthru we deliver a range of mental health services that provide support to people to assist with mental health concerns to maintain the best possible social and emotional outcomes, and meet personal recovery goals.
Brisbane North PHN
Brisbane North PHN: Our vision is a community where good health is available for everyone. We work with others to create and deliver the best possible health and community care system for the people of our region. We are one of 31 Primary Health Networks across Australia. We support clinicians and communities in Brisbane’s northern suburbs, Moreton Bay Regional Council and parts of Somerset Regional Council. Our region covers approximately 4100 km2 of urban, regional and rural areas, with a population of over one million. Our key objectives are to: * increase the efficiency and effectiveness of medical services for patients—particularly those at risk of poor health outcomes * improve coordination of care to ensure patients receive the right care, in the right place, at the right time.
Care Connect is a not-for-profit home care services organisation that has been providing aged care services at home, for over 20 years. Their expertise is providing the right advice and guidance for home care, and then finding and managing the right home care services to help people at home with day-to-day activities. Those activities can range from gardening or cleaning out the fridge, to joining an exercise group or seeing the grandkids play sport. They have no vested interest other than people’s wellbeing. They are not connected to a residential aged care provider or any religious organisations. They’re completely independent. They only employ independent Client Advisers with extensive experience in home care who provide genuine, independent home care advice. Care Connect have the largest network of trusted services providers nationally, offering people full peace of mind and the widest range of home care services in Australia.
Carers ACT is the peak agency for Mental Health Carers in the ACT. We work in collaboration with mental health carers to ensure their voices are heard in the policies and programs that affect people with mental health conditions. We also work to raise awareness of the health and well-being needs of mental health carers and advocate for services and system changes that support mental health carers to improve their wellbeing. Our Mental Health Carers Voice program adopts deliberate democracy practices to ensure the voices of carers are considered, evidence based and representative of all.
CatholicCare NT is a not-for-profit organisation, providing counselling services and programs to individuals, couples, families, children groups, schools and agencies across the Northern Territory. They provide counselling and other support services in Darwin, Katherine, Alice Springs, Ltyentye Apurte, Finke, Titjikala,Tennant Creek, APY Lands, Nauiyu, Palmerston, Tiwi and Wadeye. CatholicCare NT is a social services agency of the Catholic Diocese of Darwin. And, is a member of Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSA), a national body representing the Catholic social services sector. Funding for their services is provided by both the Australian and Northern Territory governments.
CatholicCare Victoria deliver an extensive range of social welfare and outreach services across the Catholic Diocese of Ballarat and the Western District of Victoria. They provide services that support individuals, families and communities empowering people to bring about positive change while building community capacity. Our vision is for a stronger, more inclusive society - where everyone can reach their potential and live life to the full. We break down the barriers to social inclusion by strengthening families and communities.
Central Coast Family Support Service Inc
Central Coast Family Support Services Inc. was established in 1985 and is a not-for-profit community based service supporting families on the Central Coast of NSW. Their programs consist of:
• Family Support Home Visiting Program for families in the Gosford local government area with children 0 – 12 years.
• Young Parent Program for young parents and parents to be aged 13 – 19 years, covering the Central Coast.
• Early Intervention Disability Family Caseworker for families who have a child 0 – 8 years with a diagnosed disability, covering the Central Coast.
• Grandparent Support Program for grandparents who are the primary carers of their grandchildren, covering the Central Coast.
• Parenting Educative Program for families with children 0 – 8 years, covering the Central Coast
Vision - Central Coast Family Support Services Inc. is committed to a safe and just world in which difference is respected, learning is reciprocal and everyone has the opportunity to reach their full potential.
cohealth is a not-for-profit community health organisation that strives to improve health and wellbeing for all and lead the way in reducing health inequity in partnership with people and the communities in which they live. We have developed a unique model that provides a financially sustainable and impactful way to address social and environmental challenges and make a real difference.
Connections is a not-for-profit community service organisation that provides individual support, training, programs and advocacy in the support of mental health and wellbeing. Connections vision is to Improve Mental Health in the Community and achieves this by providing relevant evidence-based learning and life skill development programs that assist in the facilitation of recovery. Connections is committed to supporting people to be well resourced and make choices regarding all aspects of their individual support. We encourage the people we work with to make informed decisions about every day and long-term lifestyle issues, and to direct their own journey towards well being and recovery. Each person’s individual needs are identified, and the planning offered will be responsive to these needs. Connections acknowledges its responsibility to respond to the individual need of each participant, and ensures that the persons plan is guided by their individual goals and aspirations.
Consumers of Mental Health WA (CoMHWA)
CoMHWA is Western Australia’s peak body by, and for, people with a lived experience of mental health distress. Our core purpose is to strengthen and advance the voice, leadership and expertise of people with a lived experience of mental health issues and/or distress. We educate and raise awareness on consumer rights, promote peer support and the peer workforce, lead change with consumers and promote and support recovery and wellbeing with and for consumers.
Converge International Ltd
Converge International: With over 60 years’ experience, Converge International is one of Australia’s largest and most trusted providers of EAP, critical incident, and wellbeing services. Today we support over 2 million Australians through our extensive network of customers spanning all industries and sectors. This depth of expertise enables us to share proven insights into the world of workplace behaviour, mental health and wellbeing that build mental fitness for employees and reduce people risk for organisations.
Eating Disorders Queensland
Eating Disorders Queensland is a statewide, community-based not-for-profit organisation. We provide community support and treatment services for individuals and families living with and recovering from eating disorders, their carers and loved ones. By the sharing of recovery wisdom we aim to involve people with a lived experience, carers and family members and loved ones. We promote positive body image and prevention of eating disorders. Therapeutic interventions for individuals living with eating disorders and carer coaching/ support families/key support and friends are also offered.
Employee Assistance Professional Assoc of Australasia
The Employee Assistance Professional Association of Australasia (EAPAA) is a National Professional Association with International Affiliation which aims to ensure the highest professional and ethical standards in EAP provision in Australasia. The role and responsibility of EAPAA is to:
- provide guidance for quality control for EAPs in Australasia
- define professional and ethical standards in EAP provision
- to provide recommendations for qualifications and issues of accreditation in service provision
- to provide information and advice to organisations with regards to standards of program design and operations
- to promote the concept and implementation of EAPs throughout Australasian organisations
- to support, provide research, development and training within the EAP profession to provide a forum for networking within the EAP community
Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA)
Founded in 1991 Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA), formerly known as the Australian Association for Exercise and Sports Science (AAESS), is a professional organisation which is committed to establishing, promoting and defending the career paths of tertiary trained exercise and sports science practitioners.
Vision - To enhance performance, health and well-being through the science of exercise and sport.
Mission - Lead and promote the excellence in exercise and sports science for the benefits of society and the professions.
FearLess is a charity that works with people living with the consequences of post traumatic stress (often referred to as PTSD). We also help family members in any way affected by it. Our members come from all walks of life including those living with PTSD and their families or people who want to do their bit to make the lives of people living with post traumatic stress more enjoyable and fulfilling. Our work complements the activities of other community-based organisations and government agencies that provide services to people with post traumatic stress.
HelpingMinds offers quality and confidential mental health support to the family and friends of people living with mental health challenges across WA & Darwin. We also help people navigate the NDIS system and are a registered NDIS provider.
JobCo Employment Services Inc
JobCo. Employment Services Inc. is a community based not-for-profit employment service provider which has been delivering a comprehensive range of employment solutions to employers and jobseekers in the Melbourne and metropolitan region since 1994. JobCo’s mission is to ensure that any person seeking employment services, training, counselling or support is assisted. For all clients they will provide a unique and individual experience of service where people feel listened to and supported in overcoming barriers, achieving equality and meaningful inclusion into their local community. Their values are reflected both in the services they provide and in the investment of staff from a broad range of disciplines and cultural backgrounds.
Junaya Family Development Services
Junaya is a Community Based Family Support organisation for families with children 0 - 18 years old. JFDS runs a specialist project which supports families with children or young people experiencing learning difficulties and/ or challenging behaviours within the Blacktown LGA. We also offer Family Development Programs for the broader Western Sydney area that provide empowering, effective, efficient, and potentially transforming strategies, tips and resources which families can use to make positive change in their lives.
Juno (formerly known as WISHIN) works with women and gender diverse people in Melbourne’s north who are experiencing homelessness or family violence. Juno supports a diverse range of women, including those experiencing complex challenges such as poverty, trauma, mental ill-health or experience with the justice system.
Juno’s services include:
- Homelessness support; short-term, task-focused support, and longer-term case management support
- Family violence support; Specialist family violence risk assessment and safety planning
- Securing safe and affordable accommodation
- Information and referrals to other specialist support services
- Additional programs including Juno’s Rapid Response Clinic and EMPower Coaching Program
Run by women, for women, Juno is a proudly intersectional feminist organisation. Juno also advocates to improve systems and structures which contribute to gendered poverty, homelessness and family violence.
Lutheran Services provides quality and contemporary support and accommodation for older people, young people and their families, those living with disability or mental illness, and people experiencing domestic violence and hardship.
Marathon Health is a not-for-profit, registered charity delivering high quality health and wellbeing services to people in country NSW and the ACT. We are one of the few health organisations based in country Australia with the core purpose to identify, deliver and sustain services to people within these communities. We are passionate advocates for equal access to quality health services for people wherever they choose to live. We are a strong voice for rural health: we live here, we work here, and our future is here.
MIEACT creates a safe space for mental health education for all of Canberra. Since 1993, MIEACT has been the leading local provider of evidence-informed programs, increasing mental health literacy, promoting early intervention, and addressing stigma to empower people to seek help early, should they need it. As a recovery driven organisation, we embrace lived experience to provide mental health education to address stigma, increase knowledge and promote help-seeking.
Mental Health Partners
Mental Health Partners offers help and strategic planning for workplace mental health and provides accredited or custom-designed mental health training courses which come with complimentary 24/7 support and aftercare from experienced professionals. Fully accredited, and highly knowledgeable, the Mental Health Partners team is always there when you need us, we’ll help you create and maintain a mentally healthy and productive work environment.
Mentally Healthy WA
Mentally Healthy WA is a community-based health promotion campaign that encourages people to take action to improve their mental health and wellbeing. This evidence-based campaign was developed primarily from research undertaken by Curtin University into people’s perceptions of mental health and the behaviours they believed protected and promoted good mental health. Following a successful pilot phase in six regional communities in Western Australian (2005–2007), the campaign was expanded state-wide.
Mentis Assist is one of Victoria’s primary not-for-profit, non-government, community managed mental health service providers supporting people with mental illness and psychiatric disabilities. With a 30 year history in the provision of high quality mental health support in the Southern/ Bayside/ peninsula region and more recently in the areas of Casey and Cardinia, they have supported thousands of people from all walks of life as they achieve their goals. Mentis Assist supports individuals and their families, offering a range of services including one on one outreach and in office support, service and care co-ordination, group activities, family support and a suite of training and meaningful activity options.
Micah Projects is a not-for-profit organisation committed to providing services and opportunities in the community to create justice and respond to injustice. We engage with people experiencing adversity due to poverty, homelessness, mental illness, domestic violence, disability and all forms of discrimination. Micah Projects works to break down barriers that exclude people from housing, healthcare, employment, meaningful connections, and to give people a voice. We assist and support each individual or family including children, to resolve crisis, break social isolation, have a home, access health and community services, and build community. Micah Projects provides a range of support and advocacy services to individuals and families according to their needs and capacity. We acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of Australia (First Peoples) as the traditional owners of this land and support the right of Indigenous people to self-determination and cultural expression. The Queensland Government supports Micah Projects in our mission to build community and break social isolation through funding agreements for the provision of services in the community.
Open Minds is a leading provider of mental health and disability support services in Queensland and Northern New South Wales. With more than 100 years of history, Open Minds is committed to its purpose of enabling an independent and positive future for people living with mental illness and disabilities. Open Minds is also a registered NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) provider, with more than 400 employees spread across 35 locations. We provide Support Workers and other professionals to enable our clients to live as independently as possible. Our services include: Supported Independent Living, Support Coordination, Community Access, Complex Care, and more. We believe in working closely with the individual, their family and carers, professionals, and other stakeholders in their life, to deliver high quality support services suited to their unique needs.
Pathways SouthWest Inc
Pathways SouthWest was established 27 years ago and is a unique organisation which partners with its consumers and carers to reduce the impact of mental illness. We promote recovery by providing specialised non-clinical mental health support to people in the community who experience serious and persistent mental illness, as well as carers (those people who provide care and support to consumers). Based in the south-west of WA the consumer program is constantly evolving but always maintains the core values of being relevant, accessible, purposeful and valued. The program adopts a recovery approach that clearly identifies that recovery is more likely to occur where the individual has opportunities to engage and participate in society. Other facets of the consumer programs include social activities that offer a supported environment where consumers can undertake the gradual process of enhancing their social skills and developing an improved sense of self-worth. Staff also work on an individual basis to support consumers to focus on individual goals and achieve desired outcomes. Recovery Workers form a partnership with consumers utilising a goal orientated care plan utilizing the Mental Health Recovery Star model of intervention. Collaboratively the Recovery Worker and the consumer will develop a Recovery Plan that works for the consumer and which will be periodically reviewed to measure success and will include the use of outcome measurement processes. The carer program support includes individual psycho-educational counselling and group activities which include the Wellways suite of courses which are structured peer facilitated psycho-educational courses developed to build resilience through knowledgeable peer support. Pathways SouthWest is a NDIS registered provider. Pathways SouthWest provides benevolent landlord support services through the WA Independent Living Program.
Primary & Community Care Services Ltd
Primary & Community Care Services (PCCS) is a local health organisation working to make it easier for people to access the health and community services they need. We provide access to community-based services that include nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, social work, care coordination and psychological support services. Working in partnership with funders including State and Federal Governments, insurance providers and other bodies, PCCS develops and delivers meaningful health programs and services for local communities. Our specialist care and coordination services are targeted toward people living with: complex health issues, social and welfare needs, long term mental health issues, psychosocial disability and others with complex needs.
Ruah Community Services
Ruah Community Services: Working in partnership, Ruah Community Services aim to empower and inspire their clients to achieve their personal aspirations. Vision - Flourishing communities through active participation and wellbeing of people with complex needs. Mission - Empowering vulnerable and disadvantaged people to create meaningful change in their lives through provision of quality support services. Values - Respect, Grassroots, Partnerships, Integrity, Creativity.
Spiritual Health Association
Spiritual Health Association is the peak body for spiritual care in the health sector. Our focus is on advocacy for and promotion of compassionate, person-centred spiritual care in health services. Since 1974 we have been collaborating with health services, faith communities and other key partners and stakeholders, to expand the availability and accessibility of spiritual care as an integral part of quality healthcare. We are informed by a growing body of evidence for the value and contribution of spiritual care and involved with international colleagues in the move towards professionalisation of the sector. We are committed to ensuring patients, carers and staff receive high-quality and safe spiritual care that is responsive to their spiritual needs.
Star Health Group
Star Health is a leading not-for-profit provider of primary health and community services in the inner south of Melbourne and surrounds. Operating from a social model of health, we provide a comprehensive range of holistic, wrap-around services including mental health, GP, dental, allied health, alcohol and other drugs, Indigenous health, aged care, homelessness and family violence. In working towards our vision of Health and well-being for all, Star Health has a strong focus on social justice, and specialist expertise in engaging, supporting and advocating for our most vulnerable community members. We engage in community building and health promotion activities to build the health and well-being of our local communities.
Tandem is the trusted voice of family and friends in mental health in Victoria. We are the Victorian peak body representing organisations and individuals advocating for family and friends of people living with mental illness.
TeamHEALTH is a for purpose organisation that supports people dealing with mental health concerns or mental illness. We seek to create community capacity for good mental health so that all people may lead a full and valued life.
The Movember Foundation
Since 2003, Movember has funded more than 1,250 men’s health projects around the world, challenging the status quo, shaking up men’s health research and transforming the way health services reach and support men. Movember’s areas of focus include prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. Movember looks at mental health through a male lens, focusing on prevention, early intervention and health promotion. We’re working towards a world where men take action to be mentally well, and are supported by those around them.
Tully Support Centre
The Tully Support Centre (TSC) is a recognised provider of high quality, accessible and inclusive support services, that acknowledges the uniqueness of their region and of the discrete communities that make up that region. The TSC undertake a social justice model of service delivery upholding the principles of collaboration, empowerment, equity, accessibility, valuing diversity and human rights. The TSC asserts that respectful, positive, targeted and individualised engagement is the foundation of good practice that promotes the safety, wellbeing and improved outcomes for individuals and families within the Cassowary Coast. The TSC also undertakes and supports a number of community development activities within the community.
University of Newcastle: Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health (CRRMH)
Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health (CRRMH) is a NSW state-wide organisation which is a major rural initiative of The University of Newcastle’s Faculty of Health and Medicine and the NSW Ministry of Health. We are committed to improving the mental health, wellbeing and resilience of rural and remote residents and we provide leadership in rural and remote mental health research and program delivery, working closely with rural communities and our valued partners to provide evidence-based service design, delivery and education. The CRRMH focuses on the promotion of good mental health and the prevention of mental illness; developing the mental health system to better meet the needs of people living in rural and remote regions; and understanding and responding to rural suicide. We are based in Orange NSW and our staff are located across rural and remote NSW. Our flagship Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) works on the frontline to inform, educate and connect individuals, communities and workplaces with appropriate services and programs. RAMHP has 20 Coordinators based across regional, rural and remote NSW who link people to local mental health services and resources, educate workplaces and communities about mental health and wellbeing and respond in times of natural disasters and severe adversity.
Victorian Mental Illness Council VMIAC
The Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council (VMIAC) is the peak Victorian non-government organisation for people with lived experience of mental health or emotional issues. VMIAC works to educate the community about mental illness from a consumer perspective, and provide information and support for mental health consumers around the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). They also provide advocacy services to assist consumers and improve the mental health system. VMIAC’s vision is to create a world where all mental health consumers stand proud, live a life with choices honoured, rights upheld and these principles embedded in all aspects of society.
WayAhead - Mental Health Association NSW
WayAhead We work towards better mental health and wellbeing through: The co-ordination of mental health promotion activities such as Mental Health Month NSW, WayAhead Workplaces and Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Awareness Week Free anxiety support groups throughout NSW The provision of mental health information – the WayAhead Directory, mental health factsheets Education seminars such as or Understanding Anxiety Forums and Professional Development Workshops – for people living with a mental health condition, the public and health care professionals Small Steps workshops for parents and school teachers to raise awareness and improve recognition of anxiety disorders in children.