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.
Website - www.actmhcn.org.au Facebook - www.facebook.com/actmhcn
Anglicare Tasmania is a non-profit organisation providing a wide range of community services to the people of Tasmania. They are part of the national Anglicare Australia network of organisations. Anglicare advocates for social justice and aids people in times of need. They provide programs relating to health, accommodation, families, substance abuse and more. Anglicare have branch offices, group activities, individual carers and safe gathering spaces throughout Tasmania. Over the years they’ve provided essential help and services to many Tasmanians, and they are consistently monitoring current and future needs.
Website - www.anglicare-tas.org.au Facebook - www.facebook.com/AnglicareTas
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.
Website - www.arcvic.org.au Facebook - www.facebook.com/AnxietyRecoveryCentreVictoria Twitter - www.twitter.com/ARC_Vic
Arafmi Ltd is a uniquely carer-based organisation formed by families who experience the loss, loneliness, stigma and isolation of caring for loved ones with serious mental illness. Among Arafmi’s goals are a reduction in the stigma of mental illness in the community, and wider acceptance of family members as part of the therapeutic alliance in mental illness, with doctors, hospital staff, community mental health workers, and consumers.
Mission - To enhance the well being of family, friends and others caring for people with mental illness and/or psychiatric disability by providing quality support, education and advocacy services.
Values - Arafmi’s values are strongly about compassion, collaboration, and respect, but they also work very hard to achieve efficiency and results in the use of their limited resources.
Website - https://www.arafmi.com.au Facebook - www.facebook.com/arafmiqld Twitter - www.twitter.com/ArafmiQld
Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation, (previously known as Camp Kookaburra) was founded in 2002 by Dianne Madden who through personal experience identified the lack of support for children living in a family affected by mental illness. The first camp was held with 16 kids. Today over 1100 kids are registered to the Kookaburra Kids program.
The Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation supports kids living in families affected by mental illness. The program provides recreational, educational camps and other activities, giving kids a break, in a fun, positive and safe environment. Kids have the opportunity to meet other kids in similar families and develop new friendships.
Website - www.kookaburrakids.org.au Facebook - www.facebook.com/kookaburrakidsfoundation Twitter - www.twitter.com/KookaburraKids Instagram: www.instagram.com/kookaburrakids
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.
Website - www.redcross.org.au Facebook - www.facebook.com/AustralianRedCross Twitter - www.twitter.com/RedCrossAU
The Australian Society for Psychological Medicine started out as the Australian College of Psychological Medicine in 1998. The College was formed by a group of doctors with a special interest in psychological medicine. The name was changed to Society instead of College in 2011, to reflect their desire to focus on providing support to members and to forge links with relevant training colleges. The ASPM now has members in every state and territory and membership is also open to doctors in New Zealand.
Website - www.aspm.org.au Facebook - www.facebook.com/Australian-Society-for-Psychologi…
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.
Website - www.being.org.au Facebook - www.facebook.com/BeingMHW Twitter - www.twitter.com/beingmhw
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.
Website - www.blackswanhealth.com.au Facebook - www.facebook.com/BlackSwanHealth Twitter - www.twitter.com/BlackSwanHealth
breakthru is a national not-for-profit organisation committed to empowering people to create their own futures. Through the provision of high-quality person-centric programs, they enable thousands of people every year to address mental health, employment, disability, homelessness and training needs. breakthru operates on the premise that everyone’s needs, preferences and aspirations are different. Their commitment to client choice and family inclusion is well demonstrated through their individualised services and person-centred principles. They have a specific focus on assisting those most in need and offer specialist programs for those facing the challenge of an intensive mental health illness, a disability or physical health issue, long-term unemployment, unmet education goals or homelessness. breakthru is proud to offer dedicated and culturally considered programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, refugee and migrant populations and other culturally and linguistically diverse groups. With over 20 years of demonstrated service to the community, breakthru offers quality programs in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland.
Website - www.breakthru.org.au Facebook - www.facebook.com/breakthruA Twitter - www.twitter.com/breakthruAU Instagram - www.instagram.com/breakthruAU
Brisbane North PHN supports clinicians and communities in Brisbane’s northern suburbs, Moreton Bay Regional Council and parts of Somerset Regional Council. It covers approximately 4,100 km2 of urban, regional and rural areas, with a population of over 900,000. The Federal Government announced the establishment of 31 Primary Health Networks to replace the national network of Medicare Locals in 2015. The Government selected successful PHNs through an open and competitive process, including the Brisbane North PHN. The key objectives of the Brisbane North PHN are:
• increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of medical services for patients, particularly those at risk of poor health outcomes; and
• improving coordination of care to ensure patients receive the right care in the right place at the right time.
Website - www.brisbanenorthphn.org.au Facebook - www.facebook.com/BrisbaneNorthPHN Twitter - www.twitter.com/BrisNorthPHN
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.
Website - www.careconnect.org.au Facebook - www.facebook.com/careconnectaustralia Twitter - www.twitter.com/Care_Connect
Carers ACT is a not-for-profit organisation and the peak body for carers in the ACT. Their purpose is to nurture, connect and empower carers through a wide range of practical, emotional and social programs. Carers are partners, spouses, children, family, friends or neighbours who assist someone who has a disability, is ageing or has an ongoing mental or other illness. Carers provide informal, unpaid help with daily living activities. Carers ACT is a proud member of the National Network of Carers Associations. They are a non-government, not-for-profit Company Limited by Guarantee that relies on public and private sector support to fulfil their mission with, and on behalf of, carers.
Website - www.carersact.org.au Facebook - www.facebook.com/CarersACT Twitter - www.twitter.com/CarersACT
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.
Website - www.catholiccarent.org.au Facebook - www.facebook.com/CatholicCareNT
Centacare Catholic Family Services strive to support people in the community who have been marginalised and who are experiencing hardships and challenges in their lives. For the past 74 years, Centacare has worked to help people reach their full potential so they can participate in the community, regardless of their circumstances. Today this commitment underpins the 80 community services they deliver in 35 sites across the Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide, in metropolitan and regional South Australia.
Website - www.centacare.org.au Facebook - www.facebook.com/centacarecatholicfamilyservices Twitter - www.twitter.com/dpwestcentacare
Centacare Catholic Diocese of Ballarat 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.
Vision - Life giving communities in a Just Society.
Mission - To provide services which empower people to live with choice and opportunity.
Website - www.centacareballarat.org.au
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.
Website - www.ccfss.org.au Facebook - www.facebook.com/CentralCoastFamilySupportServices
The Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health (CRRMH), an initiative of the University of Newcastle, conducts high quality research and delivers evidence-based programs to improve the mental health and wellbeing of rural and remote residents in NSW. The Centre 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. CRRMH also works in partnership with Aboriginal communities to reduce Aboriginal suicide and suicide related behaviour.
Website - www.crrmh.com.au/
cohealth is a not-for-profit community health organisation that provides vital local health and support services including medical, dental, allied health, mental health, aged care and counselling, and many specialist health services across Melbourne’s CBD, northern and western suburbs. The people who use cohealth services often face significant health disadvantages, have ongoing and complex health and support needs, and are frequently at risk of falling through gaps in health services and funding systems. cohealth responds to people’s needs by delivering a wide range of low cost, high-quality, accessible health care and support services. cohealth promotes health and wellbeing, works to prevent ill-health and better manage health conditions, and is a keen advocate for improved access to health care for all.
Website - www.cohealth.org.au Facebook - www.facebook.com/cohealth Twitter - www.twitter.com/cohealth_au
Consumers of Mental Health WA (CoMHWA) is WA’s peak body for individuals with a lived experience of mental health distress. We are working for a world where people with lived experience of mental health issues are self-directed, self-empowered, respected and connected to community.
Web: www.comhwa.org.au Twitter: @CoMHWA_ Facebook: Consumers of Mental Health WA
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. They 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 wellbeing 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 client, and ensures that the persons plan is guided by an individual’s goals and aspirations.
Website - www.connectionsinc.org.au Facebook - www.facebook.com/ConnectionsIncYourOwnLife
Converge International is owned by an Australian not-for-profit company, proudly serving Australian and global organisations. Founded in 1960, they are one of the most experienced corporate mental health care providers in Australia. Converge specialise in psychology and mental health. They help you develop a healthy culture and provide support and intervention in sensitive situations.
Website - www.convergeinternational.com.au
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
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.
Website - www.essa.org.au Facebook - www.facebook.com/myessa.org.au Twitter - www.twitter.com/ESSA_NEWS
FearLess Outreach is a charity that works with people living with the consequences of post traumatic stress (often referred to as PTSD). They also help family members in any way affected by it. Their 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. Their work complements the activities of other community-based organisations and government agencies that provide services to people with post traumatic stress. They have a growing national presence throughout both Australia and New Zealand, with the aim of having local representation in areas where there is a concentration of people who live with post-traumatic stress. FearLess Outreach is a community-owned and operated organisation that acts in an open and transparent manner. They are a not-for-profit, charitable subsidiary of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Australia and New Zealand Limited (PTSD-ANZ).
Website - www.fearless.org.au Facebook - www.facebook.com/FearLess-Outreach-915246521828193
On 16 August 2016 RichmondPRA Limited’s trading name became Flourish Australia. RichmondPRA was the result of two well-known and respected organisations — Richmond Fellowship of NSW and Psychiatric Rehabilitation Australia (PRA)—merging in mid-2012 in order to provide more choice and services across NSW and South East Queensland. United, they are dedicated to helping people with mental health problems to be part of their local community.
Vision - To enable full participation within a diverse and inclusive community.
Mission - Working together for optimal mental health and wellbeing.
Values - hope, inclusion, partnership, diversity, integrity, respect, trust
Website - www.flourishaustralia.org.au Facebook - www.facebook.com/FlourishAus Twitter - www.twitter.com/FlourishAus Instagram - www.instagram.com/flourishaus
HelpingMinds began as Arafmi on July 20, 1976 as a public meeting for carers of people with a mental illness. Between then and now they have grown considerably and in 2015 they changed their name from Arafmi WA to HelpingMinds.
HelpingMinds supports children, young people, adults and families that are affected by mental illness across the whole of WA. They have a professional and compassionate team of staff and dedicated volunteers who provide quality, confidential support and services to children, youth, adults and families who are caring for someone with a mental illness or individuals who affected by a mental illness. The majority of their services are free of charge and focus on: advocacy, understanding the mental health system, education, counselling and support, school holiday programs and respite.
Website - www.helpingminds.org.au Facebook - www.facebook.com/HelpingMindsWA Twitter - www.twitter.com/helpingmindswa Instagram - www.instagram.com/helpingmindswa
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.
Website - www.jobco.com.au Facebook - www.facebook.com/NDISatJobco
Junaya Family Development Services (JFDS) is a community based organisation offering Early Intervention Services and support for families with children between the ages of (0-18 years old). JFDS also runs a specialised project to support families, parents or carers with children (0-18 years old) who are experiencing learning difficulties and / or challenging behaviours. An additional service is the running of Family Groups for the broader Western Sydney area. Junaya’s courses provide empowering, effective and potentially transforming strategies, training and resources in order to enable families to make positive and lasting change in their lives.
Website - www.junaya.org.au
Lamp Inc was established in August 1996. It’s members consist of people living in the community with severe and persistent Mental Health Disorders, their families and carers. Members meet regularly at a variety of social and recreational activities. In the general community and at any of the Lamp living skills/drop in support centres at Busselton, Margaret River and Bridgetown. Lamp’s aim is to promote personal independence, social well being and community inclusion for consumers. Lamp provides services to consumers within their own homes and in the general community.
Website - www.lampinc.org.au
Lutheran Services Graceville Centre is an integral part of the healthcare community on the Sunshine Coast. They work with clients who are living with intellectual, cognitive or psychiatric disabilities. They help people explore the key concepts of hope, connectedness, active sense of self, personal responsibility and discovery. Their ultimate goal is to assist people in fulfilling their potential so that they can live with as much independence as possible.
Website - www.lutheranservices.org.au/disability/our-locatio…
Marathon Health is a not-for-profit primary health care organisation that delivers health services and programs to regional and remote communities. They are committed to working together to achieve optimal health outcomes for all. Marathon Health has strong networks in the health sector, innovative community partnerships, and a commitment to delivering sustainable health outcomes.
Vision - Equality in health and wellbeing for our rural, regional and remote communities.
Mission - To develop and deliver accessible quality health and wellbeing services through our experience in, and collaboration with rural, regional and remote communities.
Website - www.marathonhealth.com.au Facebook - www.facebook.com/marathonhealthaust Twitter - www.twitter.com/marathonaust
McAuley Community Services for Women provides much needed services for women and their children who are escaping family violence, and for women who are homeless. McAuley was created in 2008, when the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea joined two of its long-running services – McAuley House (formerly Regina Coeli) and McAuley Care (formerly Mercy Care). Today, they offer three programs for women and their children to help them rebuild their lives:
• McAuley House provides welcoming accommodation for women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and supports them on their journey towards independence.
• McAuley Care provides 24-hour crisis accommodation as well as refuges for women and their children escaping family violence.
• McAuley Works is an integrated and holistic program assisting women who have experienced family violence or homelessness into the workforce.
Website - www.mcauleycsw.org.au Facebook - www.facebook.com/McAuleycsw Twitter - www.twitter.com/McAuleycsw Instagram - www.instagram.com/mcauleycsw
Mental Health Partners mission statement is “Training with integrity to strengthen our community”. Their team is committed to giving each participant in their chosen course the most positive result possible.Their team have a lived experience of Mental Illness, and will strive to pass on their experience in the most practical way.
Website: https://www.mentalhealthpartners.com.au/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Mentalhealthpartnersadl
Act-Belong-Commit - 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.
Website - www.actbelongcommit.org.au Facebook - www.facebook.com/actbelongcommit Twitter - www.twitter.com/actbelongcommit Instagram - www.instagram.com/actbelongcommit
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.
Website - www.mentisassist.org.au Facebook - www.facebook.com/mentisassist
Micah Projects is a not-for-profit organisation committed to providing services and opportunities in the community to create justice and respond to injustice. They believe that every child and adult has the right to a home, an income, healthcare, education, safety, dignity and connection with their community of choice. Micah Projects provides a range of support and advocacy services to individuals and families according to their needs and capacity.
Website: https://micahprojects.org.au/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/micahprojects Twitter: https://twitter.com/micahprojects
Who: Led by Founder and CEO Elizabeth Venzin, Mindshift are a small but passionate group of industry leaders who donate theirtime and expertise with unrelenting dedication to promoting the importance of positive mental health. Mission: To help individuals, families, communities and workplaces recognise the importance of self-worth, to encourage preventative mental health intervention, and to offer support to the community through awareness campaigns, resources and public discussions. Vision: That a healthy wellbeing and positive mental health can be achieved by any person of any age and from any background.
Website: https://mindshift.org.au/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MindShiftNFP/
The Movember Foundation is the leading charity changing the face of men’s health. They’re addressing some of the biggest health issues faced by men: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention.
They know what works for men, and how to find and fund the most innovative research to have both a global and local impact. They continuously challenge the status quo, and invest quickly in what works. In 15 years they’ve funded more than 1,200 men’s health projects around the world.
By 2030 they’re aiming to reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25%.
Website: https://au.movember.com/?home Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MovemberAustralia Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/Movember/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/MovemberAUS
Open Minds delivers mental health, disability and employment supports and they are a registered NDIS provider. Their team works to enhance mental health and wellbeing by delivering a range of tailored options focused on the individual needs of each person. This includes supports streams encompassing your life, your job, your health, your home and your community. At the heart of what they do is a commitment to working alongside individuals and focusing on their strengths to enable personal achievement and recovery.
Website - www.openminds.org.au Facebook -www.facebook.com/openmindsaustralia Twitter - www.twitter.com/OpenMindsAus
Pathways SouthWest Inc is a professional, community based mental health service; they provide services and recovery support to people experiencing mental illness and those who care for them. The services they offer meet the West Australian Mental Health Outcomes and the National Standards on Mental Health. They have been positively evaluated by the Mental Health Commission of Western Australia.
Providing access to responsive, holistic services for consumers, carers, families and the community to reduce the impact of mental illness.
Let mental health be seen … as any door is the right door for access and client-centred care.
Hope: Belief in the potential of individuals affected by mental illness to live life to the full
Courage: Ensuring mental health be seen
Respect: Acknowledging other opinions as having value
Humility: Willing to appreciate others
Responsibility: Everyone is responsible to commit to action towards our Purpose
Permanent Care and Adoptive Families (PCA Families) is an early intervention service that provides support to families formed through kinship care, permanent care and adoption. PCA Families believes in strong families that build successful life outcomes for children. Established in 2003, PCA Families has delivered high-impact early-intervention supports and services to families for over 10 years. These are informed by the lived experience of parents, carers and families and work to:
• support parents and carers to be confident and skilled in their role
• support children and young people to achieve life success
• promote better understanding of the needs of families formed through kinship care, permanent care and adoption.
Website - www.pcafamilies.org.au Facebook - www.facebook.com/pcafamilies
Richmond Fellowship Tasmania is an industry leader in the area of mental health recovery, offering a supportive best-practice approach that focuses on both the client’s present and future needs. They align all their services with their clients’ wellbeing – through the provision of a supportive, engaging and non-judgemental environment that celebrates diversity. Their organisation also works closely with the industry peak body, Mental Health Council of Tasmania, guiding the development of policy and strategies for mental health support.
Mission - To help people to be the best they can be.
Vision - Compassionate and generous, they strive to bring clarity where there is confusion.
Website - www.rft.org.au Facebook - www.facebook.com/rftdestinationwellbeing
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.
Website - www.ruah.org.au Facebook - www.facebook.com/ruahcs Twitter - www.twitter.com/ruahcs
After serving the communities of northern and western Queensland for 30 years, SOLAS (supported Options in Lifestyle and Access Services Ltd) and MIFNQ (Mental Illness Fellowship North Queensland) merged into one not-for-profit community mental health organisation; selectability. Their new name and new look marks the start of a new era of quality mental health supports, services and education. selectability values inclusion and as such management and staff work with people in a manner that respects individual self-expertise. They acknowledge and respect the fact that people are the experts in their own lives, as such they strive to promote opportunities that engage people in activities to create a good life.
Website - www.selectability.com.au Facebook - www.facebook.com/selectability
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 wellbeing 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 wellbeing of our local communities.
Website: https://www.starhealth.org.au/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StarHealthAU Twitter: https://twitter.com/StarHealthG
Tandem is the Victorian peak body representing families and carers of people living with mental health issues.
Mission - To ensure that the importance of the contribution, expertise, experiences and needs of families and other carers is recognised and that these needs are addressed.
Vision - Families and other carers of people with mental health issues will be partners in treatment, and service delivery, planning, research and evaluation. The lived experience of families and other carers will be key drivers of policy and program formation at both the individual and systemic level.
Website - www.tandemcarers.org.au Facebook - www.facebook.com/tandemvic
TeamHEALTH is a for-purpose organisation that supports people dealing with mental health concerns or mental illness. Their purpose is to create community capacity for good mental health so that all people may lead a full and valued life. They provide evidence based mental health services, focused on support, recovery and rehabilitation across Darwin, Palmerston and the regional and remote communities of the Northern Territory’s Top End, including; Darwin, Palmerston, Katherine, Daly River, Maningrida and Gunbalanya.
Website - www.teamhealth.asn.au Facebook - www.facebook.com/TeamhealthNT
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.
Website - www.tullysupportcentre.com.au Facebook - www.facebook.com/Tully-Support-Centre-Inc-14551822…
The University of Syndey has been challenging traditions for more than 160 years. They make lives better by producing leaders of society and equipping our people with leadership qualities so they can serve our communities at every level. Since their inception, they have believed in education for all and leadership that makes lives better. The same values continue to inform their policy of inclusion and underpin their long-term strategy for growth.
Website - www.sydney.edu.au Facebook - www.facebook.com/sydneyuni Twitter - www.twitter.com/sydney_uni Instagram - www.instagram.com/sydney_uni
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.
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WayAhead – the Mental Health Association NSW plays a vital role in the development of mental health initiatives, the provision of information, support and advocacy which increases community awareness and knowledge of mental health issues. With the support of their board, staff, members, volunteers and students, they work towards a society free from prejudice and discrimination against people living with mental illness. They strive towards a society that understands, values and actively supports the best possible mental health and wellbeing for all people.
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Wellways Australia Limited is a leading not-for-profit mental health and disability support organisation with services in Queensland, New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, Victoria and Tasmania. Their services span mental health, disability and community care, and reach thousands of people each year. They work with a diverse range of people living with mental health issues or various disabilities, and their families, friends and carers, to bring about positive change and build good lives in their communities.
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Since 2002, Women’s Information, Support and Housing In The North (WISHIN) has been helping women in Melbourne’s north to create the life they deserve. WISHIN provide specialist support across two service systems: Homelessness and Family Violence. They support those experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, homelessness. Many of the women they work with experience housing crises due to family violence. They work with a Trauma Informed Practice to provide a holistic wrap around support which acknowledges the complexity of issues women and children face in their lives. Run by women, for women, WISHIN provides a safe, compassionate service for overcoming trauma and getting lives back on track.
Website - www.wishin.org.au