Australian Association for Developmental Disability Medicine
Australian Association of Developmental Disability Medicine (AADDM) is an organisation of medical practitioners who specialise or have an interest in improving the health and function of the over 500,000 Australian children, adolescents and adults with ID. AADDM aims to improve the health of children, adolescents and adults with intellectual and developmental disability through professional development and advocacy. AADDM has been and continues to be a major contributor to government policy with a remarkable history of successful advocacy leading to widespread changes in healthcare delivery throughout Australia.
Australian Association of Social Workers
Australian Association of Social Workers Social workers act collectively and individually to contribute to society in a way that is dedicated to achieving social justice, inclusion and wellbeing. The Australian Association of Social Workers is the professional representative body of social workers in Australia, with more than 13,000 members. It was formed as a national association in 1946 and has since supported its members through the profession’s many developments and changes.
Australian BPD Foundation Ltd
Australian BPD Foundation is a group of volunteer consumers, carers and clinicians who passionate in encouraging a positive culture around Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and promoting the ready availability and accessibility of appropriate services for everyone impacted by BPD.
Australian Clinical Psychology Association
Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA) is a national organisation representing clinical psychologists. Clinical psychology is a vital part of mental health service provision to the public. ACPA recognises the requirement for clinical psychology in Australia to meet the highest contemporary, internationally recognised standards and actively works to achieve this for the benefit of the public and our members. ACPA provides and promotes ongoing training and learning of best practices within clinical psychology and other mental health professions to enhance services provided to the public. ACPA supports recognition of clinical psychology as a clearly identifiable area of expertise in mental health and works to gain specialist recognition for clinical psychologists with internationally aligned accredited post-graduate qualifications, in order for this expertise to be identified. ACPA advocates to government, professional and academic organisations, other health professions, and the public about standards of mental health practice. ACPA also aims to promote to these bodies the benefits provided by the expertise of qualified clinical psychologists.
Australian College of Mental Health Nurses
Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN) is the peak professional mental health nursing organisation and the recognised credentialing body for mental health nurses in Australia. It seeks to represent the profession at all levels of government and across all health service sectors. In addition, the ACMHN sets standards for practice, supports mental health nursing research and provides a forum for collegial support, networking and ongoing professional development for its members. Importantly, the ACMHN also works to promote public confidence in and professional recognition of mental health nursing.
Australian Counselling Association Inc
ACA is Australia’s premier peak body for counsellors and psychotherapists with over 6500 members. Membership to ACA gives members access to private health fund provider numbers, EAPs, NDIS, Insurance, employment portal and much more. ACA resources are dedicated to advocacy work towards better recognition for the profession.
Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation
Australian Kookaburra Kids supports young people experiencing family mental illness through evidence based, age appropriate prevention and early intervention mental health services embedded within a peer-based social and activity-based format. Our support aims to empower these young people to build resilience, lifelong knowledge, skills and abilities so they can reach their potential.
Australian Psychological Society
Australian Psychological Society (APS) is the peak body for psychologists in Australia, representing more than 25,000 members. We advocate for the profession of psychology, support high standards, promote community wellbeing, and are dedicated to providing benefits to support members. We aim to amplify the role of psychological science and psychologists in helping people achieve positive change so they can confidently contribute their best to the community. The APS has nearly 200 active member groups. There are 42 APS branches spread across Australia, nine colleges representing special areas in psychology, and 48 interest groups in a wide range of special areas.
Australian Rotary Health
Australian Rotary Health is one of the largest independent funders of mental health research within Australia. In addition to mental health research, we also provide funding into a broad range of general health areas, provide scholarships for rural medical and nursing students, as well as Indigenous health students. Australian Rotary Health has a broad vision to improve the health and wellbeing of all Australians. Since the year 2000, Australian Rotary Health has focused its funding on mental health research. In 2012 this focus narrowed to the Mental Health of Young Australians, and in 2013 research projects focussing on the Prevention of Mental Health Disorders were included. Our mission is to create better health for all Australians through improved education and advancements in knowledge through medical research. We support excellence in research in an effort to provide both preventative and curative solutions for a broad range of health conditions.
batyr Australia Limited
batyr is a for purpose organisation that focuses on preventative education in the area of youth mental health. batyr provides programs that train young people to speak about their personal experience with mental ill health and start a conversation in their community. batyr takes these speakers into schools, universities and corporate arenas to continue this conversation around mental health. The programs engage, educate and empower the audience to learn from the experiences of others and to reach out to the great services around them.
Beyond Blue is a national, independent and bipartisan not-for-profit organisation. Our vision is for all people in Australia to achieve their best possible mental health. We work to create change to protect everyone’s mental health and improve the lives of individuals, families and communities affected by depression, anxiety and suicide.
Black Dog Institute
Black Dog Institute is the only medical research institute in Australia to investigate mental health across the lifespan. Our aim is to create a mentally healthier world for everyone. We do this through ‘translational’ research. Integrating our research studies, education programs, digital tools and apps, clinical services, and public resources to discover new solutions, foster connections and create real-world change.
Blue Knot Foundation
Blue Knot Foundation is Australia’s National Centre of Excellence for Complex Trauma, empowering recovery and building resilience for the more than five million adult Australians (1 in 4) with a lived experience of complex trauma, including childhood trauma and abuse, their families and communities. Complex trauma is repeated often extreme interpersonal trauma experienced as a child, an adult or both. Blue Knot has played a leadership role nationally in driving trauma-informed change and informed responsiveness to complex trauma. It provides trauma specialist phone counselling, information and referral to adult survivors of childhood trauma and redress support to survivors of institutional child sexual abuse (1300 657 380 Mon-Sun AEST). It also runs the National Counselling and Referral Service supporting the Disability Royal Commission, and for people with disability with experiences of abuse, neglect, violence and exploitation (1800 421 468 Mon-Sun 9-6; Sat, Sun 9-5 AEST). Blue Knot has developed a number of seminal publications around trauma-informed practice, talking about trauma and working clinically with complex trauma clients available at https://www.blueknot.org.au/resources/publications for free download or purchase in hard copy. It also has an extensive range of downloadable fact sheets and videos as well as comprehensive resources on its website www.blueknot.org.au . It also delivers an extensive professional development training program, supervision and consultancy services informed by research evidence and best practice. Training is delivered face-to-face, via webinar and e-learning in all states and territories, publicly and in-house across multiple sectors. All services are attuned to the needs of clients, organisations and services. https://www.blueknot.org.au/Training-Services
Bipolar Australia is a national not-for-profit organisation representing everyone affected by bipolar disorder, including the 598,000 people with the condition, as well as their families, friends, and supporters. We work with local communities across Australia to raise awareness about bipolar disorder, deliver broad-based education programs regarding the condition, promote a positive understanding of bipolar among health care professionals and service providers, and encourage the formation of bipolar support groups. Bipolar Australia believes that bipolar disorder is recognisable, treatable and manageable. Further, we believe that recovery is possible for every Australian affected by bipolar, when they are empowered to help themselves and others through person-to-person centred communication. Our long-term vision is to foster recovery for every Australian with bipolar, regardless of their cultural heritage, educational attainment or socio-economic status.
Brain and Mind Centre
Brain and Mind Centre is a group of multidisciplinary research teams at the forefront of brain and mind sciences. They collaborate across industries and disciplines to find answers to some of the world’s greatest health challenges, including: Childhood development and behaviour, such as autism and behavioural disorders. Youth mental health and addiction, including youth, addiction, gambling and mental health policy. Ageing and neurodegeneration, such as dementia, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.
The Brain and Mind Centre represents a virtual network of academics across University of Sydney, Westmead Hospital, Nepean Hospital, Royal North Shore Hospital, Kolling Institute, Concord Repatriation General Hospital, Sydney Adventist Hospital, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and the Sydney Local Health District.
Butterfly Foundation is the national charity for all Australians impacted by eating disorders and body image issues, and for the families, friends and communities who support them. Butterfly changes lives by providing innovative, evidence-based support services, treatment and resources, delivering prevention and early intervention programs and advocating for the needs of our community. We highlight the realities for those seeking treatment for recovery, and advocates for improved access to effective, affordable care. Throughout its work Butterfly also emphasises the critical importance of prevention and early intervention strategies in limiting the development of, and suffering from, negative body image and eating disorders. Butterfly operates a National Helpline that includes support over the phone, via email and online, reaching 20,000 people each year. The Helpline is staffed by trained counsellors experienced in assisting with eating disorders and body image issues. We also provide a wide range of programs for service providers and recovery groups. Because Butterfly recognises that eating disorders often arise from poor body image, we deliver a range of prevention programs including Positive Body Image workshops to schools and workplaces.
Carers Australia is the national peak body representing Australia’s unpaid carers, advocating on their behalf to influence policies and services at a national level. It works collaboratively with partners and its member organisations, the Network of state and territory Carers Associations.
Catholic Social Services Australia
Catholic Social Services Australia is the Catholic Church’s peak national social services body. With more than 60 members across Australia, , Catholic Social Services Australia works with its members to produce evidence/research which informs public opinion and assists lawmakers to develop just and compassionate social and economic policies that will improve the lives of the poor and vulnerable in Australia. In doing so, Catholic Social Services Australia fosters connectedness and partners with Catholic social service providers. Our members provide a range of counselling support services relating to children and families, grief and loss, relationships, restorative justice, adolescent mental health and drug and alcohol.
Centre for Mental Health Research (ANU)
The Centre for Mental Health Research (CMHR) is to be recognised as a leader in excellent, innovative, population-based mental health research that is relevant to policy and practice. Goals - Excellence in research - Dissemination of high-quality research through translation into policy and practice - Training future leaders through research supervision and teaching - A focus on research that is designed to be highly relevant to the mental health sector and to the broader population - Incorporating the crucial lived experience perspective that consumers and carers bring, contributing to research directions, informing research design and in conducting research - Collaboration with the mental health sector to reach common goals, including collaboration with academics from across disciplines, policymakers, service providers, consumers and carers - Building capacity and sustainability in population mental health research
Dementia Australia represents the 459,000 Australians living with dementia and the almost 1.6 million Australians involved in their care. We advocate for the needs of people living with all types of dementia, and for their families and carers, and provide support services, education and information. Dementia Australia is a member of Alzheimer’s Disease International, the umbrella organisation of Dementia and Alzheimer’s Associations around the world.
Dietitians Australia is the peak body for dietetic and nutrition professionals, representing more than 7,000 members around Australia and overseas. More than a professional association, we’re a strong and inspiring community. We’re committed to supporting our members, advocating for our profession and building healthier communities. DA and its members both research and deliver evidence-based information on food and nutrition locally, nationally and internationally. We recommend looking for the Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) credential when choosing a dietitian. Their advice and support is solid and dependable, based on the latest science and tailored to each person.
dnet – Connecting People Like Us
dNet – Connecting People Like Us exists to ensure that no Australian living with depression need ever feel they are alone and have nowhere to turn. All the dNet Team are ‘people like you’ – Australians living with depression and our families and friends. Our Mission is to empower each person to make informed choices and find solutions to the challenges of living with depression and other mood disorders. We do this through the provision of online resources for information, help to access professionals, treatments & tools throughout Australia, and peer support through email, message boards and chat rooms. dNet actively promotes and supports all who are working to improve the mental health & wellbeing of Australians.
Emerging Minds is dedicated to advancing the mental health and emotional wellbeing of Australian infants, children, adolescents and their families. The organisation leads the National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health, delivered in partnership with the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS), the Australian National University (ANU), the Parenting Research Centre (PRC) and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP). Emerging Minds develops mental health policy, services, interventions, training, programs and resources in response to the needs of professionals, children and their families. We partner with family members, national and international organisations to implement evidence-based practice into the Australian context.
Flourish Australia supports people with a lived experience of a mental health issue to live, learn and work in the community. We strive to support people to find and create a home, find a job they love, make friends and have a sense of belonging in their local community, and to learn new things. We are also the Lead Agency for four headspace centres, provide support for families and carers, and assist employers to create workplaces that are supportive of people with lived experience. We are truly person-led, assisting each person to pursue their individual recovery journey on their terms.
Gidget Foundation Australia
Gidget Foundation Australia is a not for profit organisation that provides programs nationally to support the emotional wellbeing of expectant and new parents. Nearly 1 in 5 mothers and 1 in 10 fathers will experience perinatal depression and anxiety that is often hidden and not fully understood. It impacts around 100,000 Australians each year, and suicide is the leading cause of maternal death. Nearly 50% of all parents experience adjustment disorders.
GROW is Australia’s foremost intentional peer to peer support organisation in mental health support and mutual help. GROW was founded by people with lived experience as a consumer driven organisation and remains that way today. Each week Grow groups meet across Australia to provide mutual help and build community. Since the advent of COVID-19 Grow groups have continued to meet by videoconference. Grow also provides programs into schools, prisons and with young adults and carers.
Headspace, the National Youth Mental Health Foundation, provides early intervention mental health services to young people age 12-25. Support and assistance focuses on the following core areas: mental health, physical health, work and study support, and alcohol and other drug services. Headspace centres are located across metropolitan, regional and rural areas of Australia and are there to help young people access health workers, psychologists, social workers, counsellors and other kinds of support.
Lifeline is Australia’s largest suicide prevention service with a vision of an Australia free of suicide. The Lifeline network includes 40 centres in metropolitan, rural and remote areas across the nation. There are over 10,000 volunteers and 1,000 employees working to ensure that no person in Australia has to face their darkest moments alone. Lifeline aims to deliver digital services to Australian people in crisis, wherever they might be and in the mode in which they are most comfortable accessing support. Each year, Lifeline receives almost 1 million contacts from people in crisis. Someone in Australia phones the 13 11 14 phoneline every 35 seconds. People also access support online via webchat at lifeline.org.au (7pm – midnight AEST) and through text message service on 0477 13 11 14 (6pm – midnight AEST). Lifeline centres also deliver accredited education and training programs focusing on suicide awareness and prevention; and community-based suicide prevention initiatives, including support services (for example counselling and bereavement groups) for those impacted by suicide. If you, or someone you know is in need of support, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.
Lived Experience Australia
Lived Experience Australia was formed in 2002, is a company limited by guarantee and is the national representative organisation for mental health consumers and carers with a strong focus on the private sector. We have State Advisory Forums in all Australian states and the ACT and make a difference in systemic advocacy by being informed about issues facing people with mental ill-health, their families and carers. We use our lived experience perspectives to influence mental health policy, planning and decision making at local, state and national levels and have developed a number of resources to support advocacy and clinician e-learning tools.
Mental Health Carers Australia
Mental Health Carers Australia is the only national advocacy group solely concerned with the well-being and promotion of the needs of families and carers supporting someone with mental ill health. Our mission is to be the national voice for families and carers to enable the best possible life. We are achieving this by influencing systemic change in government policy and service provider practice to improve the family and carer experience of the mental health system.
Mental Health Coalition of SA Inc
The Mental Health Coalition of South Australia is the peak body for the non-government mental health sector in South Australia.
Vision - All South Australians affected by mental illness are receiving the support they need to live well in the community.
Mission - To influence the development, range and responsiveness of services to support people affected by mental illness by:
• Working to reduce stigma and increase an understanding of mental illness and its prevention
• Representing and working with the community mental health service sector (non government) to support people affected by mental illness
• Promoting and building the role of the community mental health service sector (non government).
Value Statement - We believe in the inherent value and dignity of each individual and the right to self-determination, citizenship and social justice.
Mental Health Community Coalition ACT
MHCC ACT is the peak body representing the community managed mental health sector in the ACT. Our aim is to foster the capacity of the sector to deliver quality, sustainable, recovery-oriented services to support people with mental health issues and their carers.
Mental Health Coordinating Council
Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC) is the peak body for community mental health organisations in NSW. Since 1983 we have worked to build the capacity of community organisations to support people on their recovery journeys. Informed through consultation with the sector, MHCC advocates for policy development and legislative reform and best practice approaches, and supports innovation and the value of the sector. MHCC also offers responsive and highly flexible mental health training and professional development opportunities grounded in recovery-oriented and trauma-informed practice. Our work stems from the belief that people with lived experience are drivers of positive change in all mental health services.
Mental Health Council of Tasmania
The Mental Health Council of Tasmania (MHCT) is the peak body for community managed mental health services in Tasmania. We represent and promote the interests of our Members and work closely with Tasmanian Government agencies and Primary Health Tasmania to ensure sectoral input into public policies and programs. We have a strong commitment to enabling better mental health care access and outcomes for every Tasmanian. Our purpose is to improve mental health for all Tasmanians, and our vision is for all Tasmanians to have awareness of, and value, their mental health and wellbeing.
Mental Health First Aid Australia is a national not for profit provider of skills-based mental health first aid education. We deliver practical training within a professional, evidence-based model, guided by the voices of lived experience. Our range of training courses are delivered nationally by more than 2,000 accredited instructors in communities, workplaces and schools nation-wide. Mental Health First AidTM training is internationally renowned and rigorously evaluated.
Mental Health First AidTM courses provide participants with the skills, knowledge and confidence to recognise and respond to someone experiencing a mental health problem or a mental health crisis until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves.
Mental Health Professionals Network
MHPN is a federally funded, not-for-profit organisation established in 2008 to support and enhance a more interdisciplinary approach to primary mental health care service delivery in Australia. The activities of MHPN are anchored on the premise that collaborative mental healthcare is enhanced if practitioners from the relevant disciplines can connect regularly, resulting in greater consultation and collaboration, more targeted referrals, and improved outcomes for people with mental health conditions. MHPN promotes collaborative care through two platforms: face-to-face interdisciplinary mental health practitioner network meetings and an online professional development webinar program, both of which have been shown through evidence-based evaluations to improve practitioners’ attitudes and practice regarding interdisciplinary care.
Mental Health Victoria
Mental Health Victoria (MHV) Ltd is the peak body for organisations that work within or intersect with the mental health system in Victoria. Our members include consumer and carer groups, community health and mental health services, hospitals, medical associations and colleges, police and emergency services associations, unions, local governments, and other bodies across the health, housing and justice sectors. Our aim is to ensure that people living with mental illness can access the care they need, when and where they need it - be it in the home, the community, or in the hospital.
Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia
Mental Illness Fellowship Australia (MIFA) is a federation of seven long-standing service delivery member organisations, established in 1986. Our members deliver specialist services for individuals living with severe mental ill-health and their carers, friends and families, out of nearly 60 ‘front doors’ in metropolitan and regional areas, to over 20,000 people each year. Our membership has a strong focus on building community, valuing peer support and lived experience, and supporting recovery. We know from experience that recovery of a better quality of life is possible for everyone affected by mental illness. We work with individuals and families in their journey to recover mental health, physical health, social connectedness and equal opportunity in all aspects of life. We have substantial experience delivering specialist, place-based, community-building programs to those experiencing mental illness, and over 55% of our workforce has a lived experience as a consumer or carer. With a strong focus on advocacy, MIFA aims to amplify the voices of people affected by severe and complex mental illness.
Mind Australian Limited (Mind) is one of the country’s leading community-managed specialised mental health service providers. We have been supporting people who are dealing with the day-to-day impacts of mental ill-health, as well as their families, friends and carers for 40 years. Our staff deliver a range of services and supports to people challenged by mental ill-health. In the last financial year, Mind provided over 400,000 hours of recovery focused, person centred support service to over 9,000 people, including residential rehabilitation, personalised support, youth services, family carer services and care coordination. Mind also operates as a provider of services and supports to individuals who have NDIS funding packages in multiple locations across Australia. We also work with people to address poverty, housing, education and employment. It is an approach to mental health and wellbeing that looks at the whole person in the context of their daily life, and focuses on the social determinants of mental health, as they play out in people’s lives. We value lived experience and diversity and many of our staff identify as having a lived experience of mental ill-health. Mind significantly invests in research about mental health recovery and psychosocial disability and shares this knowledge, developing evidence informed new service models, evaluating outcomes, and providing training for peer workers and mental health professionals. We also advocate for, and campaign on basic human rights for everyone; constantly challenging the stigma and discrimination experienced by people with mental health issues.
National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO)
NACCHO is the national peak body representing 143 Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) Australia wide on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing issues. NACCHO’s work is focussed on liaising with governments, its members and other organisations on health and wellbeing policy and planning issues and advocacy relating to health service delivery, health information, research, public health, health financing and health programs. Our Members provide about 3.1 million episodes of care per year for about 350,000 people across Australia.
National LGBTI Health Alliance
National LGBTI Health Alliance is the national peak health organisation in Australia for organisations and individuals that provide health-related programs, services and research focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people (LGBTI) and other sexuality, gender, and bodily diverse people and communities.
National Rural Health Alliance
National Rural Health Alliance represents 44 national organisations working to improve the health and wellbeing of 7 million people in rural and remote Australia.
Neami National is a community-based organisation providing services to improve mental health and wellbeing in local communities around Australia. Using a recovery approach, we support people to improve their wellbeing, live independently and pursue a fulfilling life.
NT Mental Health Coalition
Northern Territory Mental Health Coalition is the peak body for community mental health and wellbeing. Our vision is for all Territorians to have the opportunity for the best possible mental health and wellbeing. Our purpose as the peak body is to bring a strong voice for mental health and wellbeing for the Northern Territory.
Occupational Therapy Australia
As Australia’s professional association for occupational therapy, Occupational Therapy Australia (OTA) fosters evidence-based practice, enables lifelong learning and promotes the future of occupational therapy. OTA exists to support occupational therapists to support their community.
On The Line
On the Line is a professional social health business that provides counselling support, anywhere and anytime. They are experts in men’s mental health, anger management, family violence (using and experiencing), healthy relationships, integrated wellbeing, mental health, chronic health conditions, problematic drug and alcohol abuse and, suicide and trauma-informed practice for anyone affected by suicide. With over 55 years’ experience delivering mental health services to the community via Federal and State Government funding, corporate and community partners, On the Line is a national provider of some of Australia’s most vital and trusted services including MensLine Australia, Suicide Call Back Service and SuicideLine Victoria.
Orygen: Leading the revolution in youth mental health. We believe that all young people deserve to grow into adulthood with optimal mental health. Everything we do is focused on that outcome. Most mental health disorders begin between the early teens to the mid-20s. One in five young people will have experienced a depressive episode by the time they turn 18. We believe in treating early and focusing on recovery. Pioneering reform to deliver real-world practical solutions. Never settling for anything less than what young people need and deserve. Our research is world-leading, impactful and creates change. Working directly with young people, their families and friends, we pioneer new, positive approaches to the prevention and treatment of mental disorders. We advocate. We make sure that policy makers understand the need and cost of mental ill-health in young people. We educate. We use our research and evidence-based practice to develop innovative training programs and resources. Our goal? To see young people with mental ill-health getting well and staying well. Now that’s a revolution in mind.
Ostara Australia Limited
Ostara Australia is a national not-for-profit organisation that works closely with the Australian Government, member organisations, communities and employers to place people disadvantaged through age, health, disability or cultural background into sustainable employment. Their holistic approach is to address both the vocational and non-vocational barriers faced by disadvantaged job seekers. As such, they deliver personalised employment services, whilst also working in collaboration with countless community and welfare organisations to help job seekers with any mental, cultural or emotional challenges.
OzHelp Foundation is a leading provider of workplace wellbeing programs nationally, specialising in mental health and suicide prevention. Founded in 2001, after the suicide of a young Canberra apprentice, OzHelp now engages and supports approximately 40,000 people each year.
Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA)
Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) is a leading national peak body and professional association for counsellors and psychotherapists in Australia. PACFA’s mission is to represent the profession to communities and government, and to develop the evidence-base for counselling and psychotherapy. PACFA promotes the development and practice of counselling and psychotherapy and respects and supports the diversity of approaches within the field. PACFA provides a united forum for diverse counsellors and psychotherapists to foster professional identity, support training and research, and ensure public accountability. PACFA provides self-regulation functions for the counselling and psychotherapy profession. Practising members of PACFA and of PACFA Member Associations are listed on PACFA’s National Register. PACFA Registrants have demonstrated an approved level of training, experience and competence and comply with PACFA’s ethical standards. The Register is accessible via the PACFA website to members of the public looking for a counsellor or psychotherapist and to other professionals wishing to make referrals. PACFA actively advocates to government other bodies for greater professional recognition of counsellors and psychotherapists, their training and skills and the contribution they make to the mental health sector.
Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia (PANDA)
PANDA – Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia is the national lead organisation supporting and representing expecting and new parents and their families across Australia to understand and recover from perinatal anxiety and depression, a serious and potentially devastating illness that affects around 100,000 Australian families every year. PANDA operates Australia’s only National Helpline that supports expecting and new parents right across the country affected by perinatal mental illness. We also provide two websites with crucial information and advice for expecting and new parents, including a free online Mental Health Checklist for Expecting and New Parents, a self-screening tool for people to assess their wellbeing and seek professional support if necessary. PANDA also strives to raise awareness and reduce stigma in the community so anyone affected by perinatal mental illness can understand what is happening to them and can seek support.
Psychosis Australia Trust
The mission of the Psychosis Australia Trust is to support organisational, investment, and policy capacity to carry out priority-driven research into schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder – with the aim of helping all those affected by these mental illnesses to live better lives now. Established to be an umbrella organisation and knowledge bank for research and services related to psychosis in Australia, the immediate goals of PAT are to:
• Review current research programs and activities being carried out in Australia in relation to psychotic disorders, and developing an evidence-based approach to allocating priorities for further research;
• Carry out research and research-related activities in relation to psychotic disorders;
• Link the priorities of researchers with those of Australians who have the lived experience of psychosis, through our partnership with consumer and carer organisations across Australia; and
• Promote and facilitate the translation of research into practice in relation to psychotic disorders – thereby reducing the burden of disease.
Queensland Alliance for Mental Health
Queensland Alliance for Mental Health reforms, promotes and drives community mental wellbeing service delivery for all Queenslanders, through its influence and collaboration with its membership and its strategic partners.
Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research
Established in 1987, the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research (QCMHR) is Queensland’s premier mental health research facility. Based at The Park Centre for Mental Health at Wacol, QCMHR is hosted by the West Moreton Hospital and Health Service and has close links with The University of Queensland’s Queensland Brain Institute and School of Public Health, the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, and Brisbane Diamantina Health Partners. The work conducted at QCMHR aims to reduce the level of disability associated with mental illness. This is achieved by providing internationally recognised research that leads to more effective mental health services and interventions, the identification and reduction of risk factors, and the development of researchers in the field of mental health.
R U OK?
R U OK?’s vision is a world where we’re all connected and are protected from suicide. Our mission is to inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with people around them and support anyone struggling with life.
ReachOut is the most accessed online mental health service for young people and their parents in Australia. Their trusted self-help information, peer-support program and referral tools save lives by helping young people be well and stay well. The information they offer parents makes it easier for them to help their teenagers, too. ReachOut has been championing wider access to mental health support since they launched their online service more than 20 years ago. Everything they create is based on the latest evidence and is designed with experts, and young people or their parents. That’s why ReachOut is a trusted, relevant service that’s so easy to use. Accessed by more than 2 million people in Australia each year, ReachOut is a free service that’s available anytime and pretty much anywhere.
Relationships Australia is a federation of community-based, not-for-profit organisations with no religious affiliations. Our services are for all members of the community, regardless of religious belief, age, gender, sexual orientation, lifestyle choice, living arrangements, cultural background or economic circumstances. Relationships Australia has, for over 70 years, provided a range of relationship services to Australian families, including individual, couple and family group counselling, dispute resolution, services to older people, children’s services, services for victims and perpetrators of family violence, and relationship and professional education. We aim to support all people in Australia to live with positive and respectful relationships, and believe that people have the capacity to change how they relate to others and develop better health and wellbeing. The core of our work is relationships – through our programs we work with people to enhance and improve relationships in the family (whether or not the family is together) with friends and colleagues, and within communities. Relationships Australia believes that violence, coercion, control and inequality are unacceptable. We respect the rights of all people, in all their diversity, to live life fully and meaningfully within their families and communities with dignity and safety, and to enjoy healthy relationships. A commitment to fundamental human rights, to be recognised universally and without discrimination, underpins our work.
Richmond Fellowship ACT
Richmond Fellowship ACT: Provide supported accommodation to those in the community suffering from a mental illness.
Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) is Australia’s largest professional general practice organisation and represents urban and rural general practitioners. The RACGP’s mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of all people in Australia by supporting GPs, general practice registrars and medical students through its principal activities of education, training and research and by assessing doctors’ skills and knowledge, supplying ongoing professional development activities, developing resources and guidelines, helping GPs with issues that affect their practice, and developing standards that general practices use to ensure high quality healthcare. The RACGP has a proud history of achievements, including the development of the Standards for general practices and introducing continuing professional development. The RACGP carries its activities within the following areas of strategic focus: collegiality education and training for general practice innovation and policy for general practice. The RACGP vision statement and strategic overview and Reconciliation action plan Action Plan are used by RACGP Council, committees and staff to ensure the clarity and currency of our strategic priorities.
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is responsible for training, educating and representing psychiatrists in Australia and New Zealand. The RANZCP is accredited by the Australian Medical Council (AMC) and the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) to deliver specialist medical education and training, and professional development programs. The RANZCP supports and enhances clinical practice, advocates for people affected by mental illness and advises governments on mental health care.
Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia
The Royal Flying Doctor Service is one of the largest and most comprehensive aeromedical organisations in the world, providing extensive primary health care and 24-hour emergency service to people over an area of 7.69 million square kilometres. Delivered by a dedicated team of professionals, using the latest in aviation, medical and communications technology, and supported by a vast number of volunteers and supporters, the RFDS is vital for those that live, work and travel in rural and remote Australia.
Mission - To provide excellence in aeromedical and primary health care across Australia.
Rural & Remote Mental Health
Rural and Remote Mental Health (RRMH): For over 12 years now, Rural and Remote Mental Health (RRMH) has been delivering mental health programs and services to people living and working in rural and remote Australia. RRMH champions proactive and preventative initiatives for rural and remote communities. They demonstrate a commitment to practical outcomes by focusing on early intervention, the identification of problems on the horizon and the prevention of them where possible. Their three key programs are: • Resource Minds – for the mining, quarrying, resources and remote construction sector • Deadly Thinking – for Indigenous communities • Rural Minds – for agricultural and farming communities.
SANE Australia is a national mental health charity making a real difference in the lives of people affected by complex mental health issues through support, research and advocacy. Our vision is for an Australia where people affected by complex mental health issues live long and fulfilling lives, free from stigma and discrimination. SANE Australia has three key areas of focus to make a real difference in the lives of Australians affected by complex mental health issues. Support SANE Australia supports people affected by complex mental health issues, their family and friends through our Help Centre services including: ⁃ Helpline – National Freecall service providing support, information, advice, and referral on complex mental health issues ⁃ Help Centre Online – Personal email responses to Helpline enquiries via the Help Centre ⁃ Web chat – Real–time online chat service ⁃ SANE Forums – An online peer-to-peer support service, operated in partnership with other mental health organisations around the country. Supported by the Australian Government, Department of Health. Research ⁃ SANE’s research is conducted through the Anne Deveson Research Centre (ADRC). The Centre undertakes practical research that drives policy change to produce better social outcomes for people affected by complex mental health issues. Advocacy ⁃ Our advocacy and campaigning work educates decision-makers about the needs of people affected by complex mental health issues, and how they can be supported to lead a better life through improved services, supports, and community attitudes. In 2018, the Dax Centre, which promotes better understanding of mental health issues through art, became part of the SANE Australia group.
Society for Mental Health Research
Society for Mental Health Research (SMHR), formerly known as The Australasian Society for Psychiatric Research (ASPR) is a national peak body for psychiatric and mental health research in Australia and New Zealand. We believe that research is the key to improving mental health and ill-health, and it is the pathway to better knowledge, detection, treatment, and recovery. Our researchers work across the spectrum of science, discovery, and translation in mental health and ill-health and value working in partnership with people with a lived experience.
Soldier On Australia
Soldier On has been supporting the veteran community since 2012. Through the delivery of holistic services, Soldier On enables veterans and their families to thrive. Soldier On has provided support to veterans and their families, including those who have served and continue to serve in the Australian Defence Force. Our services aim to HELP individuals build resilience, and create and expand meaningful connections with family, community and employers through our Health and Wellbeing services, Employment programs, Learning opportunities, and Participation activities. Soldier On programs are centred around the needs of the Australian veteran community. As a national charity we are supporting more than 3000 veterans and their family members through our programs. These programs are made possible through the generous support of the Australian community and our partners. All Soldier On programs are informed by the principles of Trauma Informed Care of safety, trustworthiness, choice, collaboration and empowerment. Soldier On provides support to enable veterans and their families to thrive.
Speech Pathology Australia
Speech Pathology Australia is the national peak body for speech pathologists in Australia. Speech pathologists are the university-trained allied health professionals who specialise in diagnosing and treating communication and swallowing problems (dysphagia). For many reasons, people living with a mental illness are at a significantly greater risk of experiencing both communication and swallowing difficulties than the general population. Speech pathologists are an important part of the mental health team, assessing and improving a person’s communication and swallowing skills to contribute to the differential diagnostic process and help the individual function physically, socially and mentally at home, in the classroom, in the workplace, in social situations and in mental health treatment programs.
Stride is Australia’s longest-established mental health charity providing specialist mental health services to people with mental illness & complex needs since 1907. Our mission is simple. We provide services to support people at all stages of their mental health journey, from early intervention services, designed to support children, young people and adults at-risk of developing mental health conditions, to services for people with ongoing and complex needs. Wherever people are in their journey, we work with them to create the life they want.
Suicide Prevention Australia
Suicide Prevention Australia In 1992, suicide prevention advocate Alan Staines returned from an international conference with an ambitious plan to establish Australia’s first national voice for suicide and suicide prevention. Today, Suicide Prevention Australia is the peak body for suicide prevention in Australia, representing over 240 Members and Associates. We work to build a stronger suicide prevention sector, a more aware and engaged community, and a more effective regulatory and funding environment. Together we can achieve our shared vision of a world without suicide.
SuperFriend: Together with industry partners, SuperFriend designs and delivers mental health and wellbeing initiatives that enable workplaces to thrive. Their online and in-person mental health training, resources and research is used in workplaces Australia wide, and they advocate for system change through involvement in Government and industry working groups. SuperFriend’s vision is for an Australia where all workplaces are mentally healthy.
The Pharmacy Guild of Australia
The Pharmacy Guild of Australia is the national peak organisation representing community pharmacy. It supports community pharmacy in its role of delivering quality health outcomes for all Australians. It strives to promote, maintain and support community pharmacies as the appropriate providers of primary health care to the community through optimum therapeutic use of medicines, medicines management and related services. Community pharmacies exist in well-distributed and accessible locations, and often operate over extended hours, seven days a week in urban, rural and remote areas. Community pharmacists provide an array of services which extend well beyond the provision of medicines and as such, pharmacies are often the first contact point of the primary healthcare system for many people. Some of the services offered in the context of mental health and comorbidities include Medicines Management and Quality Use of Medicines activities: • Medication Management Reviews (in-pharmacy, home and residential care facilities) • Quality Use of Medicine activities in supported accommodation facilities for people with mental ill-health • Dose Administration Aids • Staged Supply • Needle and Syringe Programs • Opioid Treatment Programs • Preventative health and wellbeing The Guild recognises the importance of improving the health status of Australians and promotes equitable access to medicines and pharmacy services to all Australians, especially people with mental ill-health and those with chronic health conditions. Community pharmacists acknowledge that mental health is a high priority for Australians, and there is need to provide and facilitate support services and longer-term strategies.
TheMHS Learning Network Inc
TheMHS Learning Network Inc. is an international learning network for improving mental health services in Australia and New Zealand. TheMHS Learning Network is a registered charity run by a volunteer Management Committee.
TheMHS events bring together people from across Australia and New Zealand to stimulate debates that challenge the boundaries of present knowledge and ideas about mental health care and mental health systems.
TheMHS Learning Network believes in promoting positive attitudes about mental health and mental illness.
Their forums foster the exchange of ideas, focus discussion on workforce development, and are a great place for networking and debate for professionals, consumers, families and carers, managers, researchers and policy-makers.
WA Association for Mental Health
The Western Australian Association for Mental Health (WAAMH) is the peak body for the community mental health sector in Western Australia and exists to champion mental wellbeing, recovery and citizenship.
WAAMH recognises a continuum of supports - built on principles of human rights, recovery, co-production, personalisation and choice, social inclusion and cultural connection - are essential to the promotion, protection and restoration of mental wellbeing. WAAMH promotes, advocates for and further develops this network of supports.
WAAMH’s membership comprises community managed organisations providing mental health services, programs or supports and people and families with lived experience of mental health issues and suicide, with whom WAAMH engages in genuine partnership. WAAMH also engages a wide network of collaborative relationships at a state and national level with individuals, organisations and community members which share its values and objectives.
Youturn Youth Support
Youturn Youth Support (formerly United Synergies) is a charity which started over 30 years ago to address and support youth homelessness in the local Noosa region. Since these humble beginnings of supporting just 6 people with 5 volunteers in our first year, our organisation has grown and evolved into a vibrant state-wide organisation dedicated to making a difference across three social causes of Child Safety, Homelessness and Mental Health. In August 2020, we rebranded our organisation and changed our name from United Synergies to Youturn Youth Support – to truly encapsulate the service to those young people we support. For more on the rebrand, watch our brand reveal video below.