Aftercare is a NDIS registered provider and Australia’s longest serving mental health organisation, supporting people with mental health issues to lead fulfilling, independent lives.
Mission - To enhance the social and emotional wellbeing of our clients through our belief in social justice and our commitment to collaborative learning and recovery
Values - Respect, Integrity, Leadership, Professionalism, Fairness
Objectives - To help people who are, or have been, experiencing mental illness or have intellectual disabilities - To help their families - To promote a better understanding in the community of mental illness and intellectual disability
Website - www.aftercare.com.au Facebook - Aftercare Australia Twitter - @aftercareAU Instagram – www.instagram.com/aftercareau/
The 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.
Website - https://aaddm.com.au/
The Australian Association of Social Workers is the professional representative body of social workers in Australia, with more than 10,000 members. It was formed as a national association in 1946 and has since supported its members through the profession’s many developments and changes. Today, nine branches and a vibrant community of national committees and practice groups support the work of the Association, who cater for the professional needs and interests of our social work members practising in a diverse range of fields, employment and locations.
Website – https://www.aasw.asn.au/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/TheAASW Twitter - https://twitter.com/AASW_
The 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.
Website - http://www.acmhn.org/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AustCollMHNs Twitter - https://twitter.com/ACMHN
The Australian Counselling Association (ACA) is Australia’s largest single registration body for Counsellors and Psychotherapists with over 5,000 members. ACA serves a crucial role in advocating and advancing the profession of counselling and psychotherapy. ACA’s objectives include:
• Promote and advocate for the counselling profession.
• Represent its members to government and industry.
• Establish appropriate training standards for the profession.
• Accredit education courses for Counsellors.
Website - www.theaca.net.au
The Australian Psychology Society strongly advocates for the discipline and profession of psychology, supports high standards for the profession, promotes psychological knowledge to enhance community wellbeing, and is dedicated to providing benefits to support members’ professional lives.
The functions of the APS are conducted through more than 201 active Member Group within the Society. There are 40 APS Branches spread across Australia, nine APS Colleges representing specialty areas within the profession (clinical neuropsychology, clinical psychology, community psychology, counselling psychology, educational and developmental psychology, forensic psychology, health psychology, organisational psychology and sport and exercise psychology), and 48 Interest Groups representing the wide range of special interests of the APS membership.
Website - www.psychology.org.au Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AustralianPsychologicalSo… Twitter - https://twitter.com/AustPsych
Australian Rotary Health is one of the largest independent funders of mental health research within Australia. They 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 provides funding into areas of health that do not readily attract funding, and promotes findings to the community. Australian Rotary Health is supported by a number of Rotary Clubs in Australia and have a broad vision to improve the health and wellbeing of all Australians.
Website - https://australianrotaryhealth.org.au/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AustralianRotaryHealth Twitter - https://twitter.com/ausrotaryhealth Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/AusRotaryHealth/
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.
Website www.batyr.com.au Facebook www.facebook.com/batyraus Twitter twitter.com/batyraus Instagram www.instagram.com/batyraus
beyond blue – Vision, Values and Mission
Three million Australians are currently experiencing anxiety or depression.1 Every day, nearly eight people take their own lives.2 Because this affects all of us, beyond blue is equipping everyone in Australia with the knowledge and skills to protect their own mental health. They are giving people the confidence to support those around them, and making anxiety, depression and suicide part of everyday conversations.And as well as tackling stigma, prejudice and discrimination, beyond blue is breaking down the barriers that prevent people from speaking up and reaching out.
Website https://www.beyondblue.org.au Facebook www.facebook.com/beyondblue Twitter www.twitter.com/beyondblue Instagram www.instagram.com/beyondblueofficial
The Black Dog Institute is dedicated to understanding, preventing and treating mental illness. We are about creating a world where mental illness is treated with the same level of concern, immediacy and seriousness as physical illness; where scientists work to discover the causes of illness and new treatments, and where discoveries are immediately put into practice through health services, technology and community education. Vision - A mentally healthier world. Mission - Enabling mentally healthier lives through innovations in science, medicine, education, public policy and knowledge translation.
Website http://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/ Facebook www.facebook.com/blackdoginst Twitter https://twitter.com/blackdoginst/ Instagram www.instagram.com/blackdoginst
Blue Knot Foundation, formerly known as Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA), is the leading national organisation working to improve the lives of 5 million Australian adults who have experienced childhood trauma and abuse. Blue Knot Foundation helps adults who have experienced trauma in childhood recover. This includes people who have experienced child abuse in all its forms, neglect, domestic violence in childhood and other adverse childhood events. Childhood trauma affects an estimated 5 million Australian adults. Many struggle day to day with their self-esteem, relationships as well as their mental and physical health. Research has established that people who have experienced severe early trauma can recover. And when parents have worked through their trauma their children do better too.
Website https://www.blueknot.org.au/ Facebook www.facebook.com/BlueKnotFoundation/ Twitter https://twitter.com/BlueKnotOrg
The Brain and Mind Research Institute 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.
Website - https://sydney.edu.au/brain-mind/
Carers Australia is the national peak body representing Australia’s carers, advocating on behalf of Australia’s carers 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, to deliver a range of essential national carer services. Vision - An Australia that values and supports the contribution that carers make both to the people they care for and to the community as a whole. Purpose - Carers Australia work to improve the health, wellbeing, resilience and financial security of carers and to ensure that caring is a shared responsibility of family, community and government.
Website http://www.carersaustralia.com.au Facebook www.facebook.com/carersaus Twitter https://twitter.com/@carersaustralia
Catholic Health Australia is established for purposes of advancing health, social, and public welfare as the national advocate for the healing Ministry of the Catholic Church in Australia. By supporting the service capacity and promoting the Catholic identity of its members, it contributes to the fulfilment of the Mission of the Catholic Church. Through advocacy, Catholic Health Australia pursues direct benevolent relief of illness, direct benevolent relief of the needs of the aged, and direct benevolent relief of poverty as a social determinant of health.
Website www.cha.org.au Facebook www.facebook.com/chaaustralia Twitter https://twitter.com/chaaustralia
Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSA) is the Catholic Church’s peak national body for social services in Australia. Our 52 member organisations provide social services to hundreds of thousands of people each year, delivering services to local communities in metropolitan, rural, regional and remote Australia. CSSA works with Catholic organisations, governments, other churches and all people of good will, to develop social welfare policies, programs and other strategic responses that work towards the economic, social and spiritual well-being of the Australian community.
Website http://www.cssa.org.au/ Facebook www.facebook.com/catholicsocialservicesaustralia Twitter https://twitter.com/CSS_Aus
The vision of the ANU 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
Website - www.anu.edu.au/cmhr
Dementia Australia, formerly Alzheimer’s Australia, represents the 413,106 Australians living with dementia and the estimated 291,163 Australians involved in their care. They 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. They advocate on the basis of evidence-based policy, promote awareness of dementia, administer national contracts with the Commonwealth Government and provide research grants to emerging researchers through the Dementia Australia Research Foundation.
Website - www.dementia.org.au Facebook - www.facebook.com/DementiaAustralia Twitter - @DementiaAus Instagram - www.instagram.com/Dementia_Australia/
The Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) is a company limited by guarantee and is the national association of the dietetic profession, with branches in each state and territory. With more than 6,400 members, DAA is strongly committed to providing excellent services, support, resources and leadership. Vision - Leadership in dietetics, food and nutrition for healthier people and healthier nations. Mission - DAA is the peak body of dietetic and nutrition professionals providing strategic leadership in food and nutrition and advancing the professional interests of our members.
Website https://daa.asn.au/ Facebook www.facebook.com/dietitiansassociation Twitter https://twitter.com/DAA_feed Instagram www.instagram.com/dietitians_association_aus/
dNet – People Like Us has two main purposes: 1. to empower people like us, Australians living with depression and our families and friends, to make informed choices and find solutions to the challenges of living with depression; and 2. to empower people who have benefited from the depressioNet website and services in the past (‘dNetters’), to work together to provide the new dNet website and services for other people like us and experience the many benefits involved.
Websitte http://dnet.org.au/ Facebook www.facebook.com/dNetAU/
Grow is a community-based organisation that has helped tens of thousands of Australians recover from mental illness through a unique program of mutual support and personal development. Grow was established in Sydney in 1957. The founders were drawn together by their first-hand experience of mental illness. The wisdom they gained in helping each other to overcome life’s challenges and recover from mental illness was carefully recorded and forms the basis of the unique Grow Program. Grow Groups meet weekly and vary in size from three to ten members, and are run by seasoned ‘Growers’ who have taken a voluntary leadership role within the Group. Website - https://www.grow.org.au/ Facebook www.facebook.com/growau?ref=br_tf Twitter https://twitter.com/growau
headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds, along with assistance in promoting young peoples’ wellbeing. This covers four 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. They are built and designed with input from young people so they don’t have the same look or feel as other clinical services. The centres are there to help people access health workers – whether it’s a GP, psychologist, social worker, alcohol and drug worker, counsellor, vocational worker or youth worker. You can find your nearest headspace centre here.
Website https://headspace.org.au/ Facebook https://www.facebook.com/headspaceAustralia Twitter https://twitter.com/headspace_aus Instagram https://www.instagram.com/headspace_aus/
Lifeline Australia provides a phone counselling services for anyone , at anytime and from anywhere in Australia. Lifeline Australia believes every person has the right to be heard and understood with compassion and to receive competent care in time of need.
Mental Health Carers ARAFMI Australia
The Mental Health Carers Arafmi Australia’s mission is to represent at national level the interests of ARAFMI groups throughout Australia and the needs and concerns of their constituency – families and others voluntarily caring for people with mental illness.
Mental Health Coalition of South Australia
The Mental Health Coalition is the peak body promoting the interests of South Australian non-government organisations supporting people with a psychiatric disability. The MHCSA aims to counter prejudice against people with mental illness; advocate for appropriate psychiatric disability support services; and to enhance the quality of NGO psychiatric disability support services.
Mental Health Community Coalition of the ACT
The Mental Heath Community Coalition ACT is the peak body representing the not for profit Community Mental Health sector in the Australian Capital Territory. Founded in 2004 the organisation promotes a diverse range of community agencies and local consumer and carer groups that support people recovering from a mental illness in the community. MHCC ACT works inclusively with all stakeholders to support the development of new community based services and promotes the interests of consumers, carers and not for profit community organisations
Mental Health Coordinating Council
The Mental Health Coordinating Council is the peak body for non-government organisations working for mental health throughout New South Wales. As the peak body for NSW, MHCC aims to provide leadership and an independent pubic voice on mental health issues.
Mental Health Council of Tasmania
The Mental Health Council of Tasmania is the peak body representing the interests of non-government mental health consumer organisations, carer organisations and service provider organisations. The MHCT provide a public voice for people affected by mental illness and the organisations in the community sector that work with them. The MHCT advocate for effective public policy on mental health for the benefit of the Tasmanian community as a whole.
Mental Health First Aid Australia
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Australia is a national not-for-profit health promotion charity focused on mental health training and research. MHFA courses teach mental health first aid strategies to members of the public. Mental health first aid is the help provided to a person who is developing a mental health problem, or in a mental health-related crisis, until appropriate professional treatment is received or the crisis resolves.
Mental Health Professionals Network
The Mental Health Professionals Network establishes and supports interdisciplinary mental health networks across Australia.These locally driven networks aim to improve consumer outcomes by promoting collaborative practice and peer support amongst clinicians and service providers who are providing treatment to people with mental health issues.
Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia
The Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia is a not-for-profit, grassroots, self-help, support and advocacy organisation of people affected by serious mental illnesses. MIFA has nine member Fellowships in all states and territories. Member organisations deliver programs and services such as accommodation, rehabilitation, peer education to carers and consumers, employment, education and training, activity centres, research, telephone helplines, advocacy and media campaigns, government lobbying and police training.
Mind Australia is a leading provider of community mental health services. We support our clients to live independent, productive and purposeful lives.
National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation
The National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation is the national peak Aboriginal health body representing Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services throughout Australia. An Aboriginal Medical Service (AMS) is a primary health care service initiated and operated by the local Aboriginal community to deliver holistic, comprehensive, and culturally appropriate health care to the community which controls it.
National Council on Intellectual Disability
The National Council on Intellectual Disability is a peak body representing the rights and interests of people with intellectual disability. The Council takes on such activities as providing policy advice, systemic advocacy, community education, and information provision and dissemination.
National LGBTI Health Alliance
The National LGBTI Health Alliance is the peak health body for organisations that provide health-related programs, services and research targeting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and other sexuality, sex and gender diverse people.
National Rural Health Alliance
The National Rural Health Alliance is the peak body working to improve the health of Australians in rural and remote areas. It is comprised of 23 Member Bodies, representing both health consumers and service providers in non-metropolitan areas.
Neami National is a community mental health service supporting people living with mental illness to improve their health, live independently and pursue a life based on their own strengths, values and goals.
Northern Territory Mental Health Coalition
The Northern Territory Mental Health Coalition is the peak body for Non-Government Organisations in the Northern Territory who provide services to mental health consumers and their families. Its members are organisations and its main role is to promote mental health through representing the interests of members and work towards ensuring that Consumers and Carers are provided with quality mental health services.
Occupational Therapy Australia is the national professional association representing occupational therapy in Australia. They offer opportunities for their members to enhance best practice through professional development, support, and access to profession-specific information.
Occupational therapists are qualified health professionals who work with people of all ages and abilities to do the things they need and want to in all aspects of life, such as taking care of oneself and others, working, volunteering, and participating in hobbies, interests and social events. Occupational therapists call these things “occupations”. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the occupations of everyday life.
Website - www.otaus.com.au Facebook - www.facebook.com/otaust Twitter - www.twitter.com/otaust Instagram - www.instagram.com/otaust
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.
Website – www.ontheline.org.au Twitter – www.twitter.com/OntheLineAus
Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health is the world’s leading research and knowledge translation organisation focusing on mental ill-health in young people.
Their leadership and staff work to deliver cutting-edge research, policy development, innovative clinical services, and evidence-based training and education to ensure that there is continuous improvement in the treatments and care provided to young people experiencing mental ill-health.
Their work has created a new, more positive approach to the prevention and treatment of mental disorders, and has developed new models of care for young people with emerging disorders. This work has been translated into a worldwide shift in services and treatments to include a primary focus on getting well and staying well, and health care models that include partnership with young people and families.
Website - www.orygen.org.au Facebook – www.facebook.com/OrygenAus Twitter – www.twitter.com/orygen_aus
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.
Website - www.ostara.org.au Facebook - www.facebook.com/OstaraAustraliaLimited Twitter - www.twitter.com/OstaraAustralia
The Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) is a national peak body for counsellors and psychotherapists and for professional associations in the counselling and psychotherapy field in Australia. Their mission is to represent the profession to communities and government, and to develop the evidence-base relating to the art and practice of counselling and psychotherapy.
PACFA promotes the development of the practice of counselling and psychotherapy, and respects and supports the diversity of approaches within the profession. PACFA provides a united forum for counsellors and psychotherapists, and for counselling and psychotherapy associations, to foster professional identity for practitioners, support research and training, and ensure public accountability to consumers, the public and government.
Website - www.pacfa.org.au Facebook - www.facebook.com/Psychotherapy-and-Counselling-Fed… Twitter – www.twitter.com/PACFOZ
Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia (PANDA) is a specialist not for profit organisation that has helped tens of thousands of Australians get vital information and support for antenatal and postnatal depression for over 30 years.
Vision - A community where perinatal depression and anxiety are recognised and the impact on women, men and their families is minimised.
Mission - To reduce the impact of perinatal anxiety and depression – through information, awareness raising and services.
Website - www.panda.org.au Facebook - www.facebook.com/PANDAadmin Twitter - www.twitter.com/PANDA_NATIONAL Instagram - www.instagram.com/pandanational
The Private Mental Health Consumer Carer Network (Australia), or the Network is dedicated to effective consumer and carer participation as the driving force in all elements of change in private sector mental health services. The Network was formed in 2002 to promote the interests of members of the community requiring private mental health services.
The vision of the Network is to promote effective advocacy as the driving force behind all changes in mental health services delivered in private sector settings. The Network is an integral part of key policy and decision-making processes affecting many Australians. The Network provides a strong voice for consumers, their families and the community. In sharing the experience of mental health problems, the Network addresses common issues and encourages people to seek help.
Website - www.pmhccn.com.au
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.
Website - www.psychosisaustralia.com.au
Queensland Alliance for Mental Health (QAMH) is the peak body representing the community mental health sector in Queensland. They support their members, the wider mental health community and individuals with lived mental health experience. Representing and supporting services and groups that meet the needs of people who experience mental health issues, QAMH leads the community mental health sector by supporting members, prioritising needs and building capacity. They work to promote the values and professionalism of their members by focusing on outcomes, building innovative partnerships; carving a role for community mental health in the healthcare continuum and promoting the meaningful integration of community mental health services into the broader health system.
Website – www.qldalliance.org.au Facebook - www.facebook.com/QueenslandAllianceforMentalHealth Twitter - www.twitter.com/qldalliance
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.
Website – www.qcmhr.uq.edu.au Facebook - www.facebook.com/QCMHR Twitter - www.twitter.com/qcmhr
R U OK?’s vision is a world where we’re all connected and are protected from suicide. Their mission is to inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with people around them and support anyone struggling with life. R U OK?’s goals are to:
1. Boost our confidence to meaningfully connect and ask about life’s ups and downs
2. Nurture our sense of responsibility to regularly connect and support others
3. Strengthen our sense of belonging because we know people are there for us
4. Be relevant, strong and dynamic
Website – www.ruok.org.au Facebook – www.facebook.com/ruokday Twitter – www.twitter.com/ruokday Instagram - www.instagram.com/ruokday
ReachOut is Australia’s leading online mental health organisation for young people and their parents. Their practical support, tools and tips help young people get through anything from everyday issues to tough times – and the information they offer parents makes it easier for them to help their teenagers, too. ReachOut has been changing the way people access help since launching as the world’s first online mental health service nearly 20 years ago. Everything they create is based on the latest evidence and designed with experts, and young people or their parents. That’s why their digital self-help tools are trusted, relevant and easy to use. Available for free anytime and pretty much anywhere, ReachOut is accessed by 132,000 people in Australia every month. That’s more than 1.58 million each year.
Website – www.reachout.com Facebook – www.facebook.com/ReachOutAUS Twitter – www.twitter.com/reachout_aus Instagram - www.instagram.com/reachout_aus
Relationships Australia is a leading provider of relationship support services for individuals, families and communities. They aim to support all people in Australia to achieve positive and respectful relationships.
They are a community-based, not-for-profit Australian organisation with no religious affiliations. Their services are for all members of the community, regardless of religious belief, age, gender, sexual orientation, lifestyle choice, cultural background or economic circumstances.
Relationships Australia offer services around the country that include counselling, family dispute resolution (mediation) and a range of family and community support and education programs.
They are a federation of service providers in each Australian state and territory and have a national office based in Canberra.
Website - www.relationships.org.au Twitter – www.twitter.com/RelationshipsA2
Richmond Fellowship of Australia
Richmond Fellowship of Australia is a public company that confederates the independent state and territory Richmond Fellowships in Australia: Richmond Fellowship Queensland, Richmond Fellowship Tasmania, Richmond Fellowship ACT and Richmond Fellowship Western Australia. Key objectives of the confederation include contributing in educative and policy making forums that inform and enable mental health recovery.
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) is Australia’s largest professional general practice organisation and represents urban and rural general practitioners. They represent more than 35,000 members working in or towards a career in general practice. 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.
Website - www.racgp.org.au Facebook - www.facebook.com/TheRACGP Twitter – www.twitter.com/RACGP
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.
Website - www.flyingdoctor.org.au Facebook - www.facebook.com/royalflyingdoctorservice Twitter – www.twitter.com/RoyalFlyingDoc Instagram - www.instagram.com/royalflyingdoc
For over 10 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
Website - www.rrmh.com.au Facebook - www.facebook.com/ruralandremotementalhealth Twitter - www.twitter.com/RRMentalHealth Instagram - www.instagram.com/ruralandremotementalhealth
SANE Australia is a national mental health charity working to support four million Australians affected by complex mental illness. SANE’s work includes mental health awareness, online peer support and information, stigma reduction, specialist helpline support, research and advocacy.
Vision - For Australia to lead the world in mental health within ten years.
Mission - To help all Australians affected by mental illness lead a better life.
Website - www.sane.org Facebook - www.facebook.com/saneaustralia Twitter - www.twitter.com/saneaustralia
The Society for Mental Health Research (formerly known as the Australasian Society for Psychiatric Research, ASPR) is an Incorporated Association, registered as a health promotion charity with DGR status. The Society aims to prevent mental illness by:
• Arranging a multidisciplinary Australasian forum for presentation and discussion of psychiatric and mental health research;
• supporting and assisting mental health research, and researchers;
• assisting mental health researchers to be informed about research developments;
• facilitating networking, sharing of information and collaboration between researchers of different disciplines of psychiatric and mental health research;
• assisting education, training and raising awareness of mental health issues, particularly developments arising from research; and
• encourage and support the inclusion of psychiatric and mental health issues in the development of health policies, funding and services.
Website – www.smhr.org.au Facebook – www.facebook.com/societyformentalhealthresearch Twitter – www.twitter.com/smhr
Speech Pathology Australia is the national peak body for the speech pathology profession in Australia. Speech pathologists are university trained allied health professionals with expertise in the assessment and treatment of communication and/or swallowing difficulties. The Association’s mission is:
• To prescribe, guide and govern the clinical and ethical standards of members in their practice of speech pathology
• To facilitate and promote opportunities for members to pursue knowledge and develop professionally
• To disseminate professional positions to key stakeholder groups including: the government, consumers, referrers and the public
• To advocate for and respond to the needs of clients with communication and swallowing difficulties
• To promote timely access to services
• To represent the interests and views of members of the Association.
Website - www.speechpathologyaustralia.org.au Facebook - www.facebook.com/SpeechPathologyAustralia Twitter - www.twitter.com/SpeechPathAus Instagram - www.instagram.com/speechpathaus
Suicide Prevention Australia provides national leadership for the suicide prevention sector in Australia. SPA works collaboratively to develop a community that knows how to ask for help and how to give help.
They build and facilitate partnerships to change behaviours and attitudes to suicide prevention, and to amplify the voices of people with lived experience of suicide. They are honoured to draw upon the knowledge and wisdom of the national Lived Experience Network and are particularly grateful to lived experience advisors from across the country who work with them to amplify these voices.
Vision - A world without suicide.
Purpose - Suicide Prevention Australia delivers national leadership for the meaningful reduction of suicide in Australia.
Website - www.suicidepreventionaust.org Facebook - www.facebook.com/SuicidePreventionAustralia Twitter - twitter.com/suicideprevau
The Butterfly Foundation represents all people affected by eating disorders and negative body image – a person with the illness, their family and their friends. As a leading national voice in supporting their needs, Butterfly highlights the realities of seeking treatment for recovery, and advocates for improved services from both government and independent sources. Butterfly operates a National Eating Disorders Support Helpline that includes support over the phone, via email and online. The Helpline is staffed by trained counsellors experienced in assisting with eating disorders. It also provides a wide range of programs for service providers and recovery groups.
Website – www.thebutterflyfoundation.org.au Facebook - www.facebook.com/thebutterflyfoundation Twitter - www.twitter.com/bfoundation Instagram - www.instagram.com/thebutterflyfoundation
The Pharmacy Guild of Australia is the national peak body representing community pharmacy. It seeks to serve the interests of its members and to support community pharmacy in its role delivering quality health outcomes for all Australians. The Guild is committed to supporting and maintaining the community pharmacy model as the most appropriate and efficient system of delivering medicines, medication management and related services to the Australian public. The 5700 community pharmacies across Australia dispense over 300 million prescriptions annually. A major Guild activity at all levels is close liaison and negotiation with governments, manufacturers, wholesalers and other organisations in the health care delivery system.
Website - www.guild.org.au Facebook - www.facebook.com/pharmacyguildofaustralia Twitter - www.twitter.com/PharmGuildAus
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.
Website - www.themhs.org Facebook - www.facebook.com/TheMHSLearningNetwork Twitter - www.twitter.com/themhsorg
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is responsible for training, educating and representing psychiatrists in Australia and New Zealand. Psychiatrists are medical doctors who are specialists in the treatment of mental illness.
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 College’s vision is To enhance the mental health of our nations through leadership in high-quality psychiatric care. They believe in genuine engagement with people with mental illness and their carers and families. Their needs, perspectives, concerns and values influence College decisions at all levels.
Website - www.ranzcp.org Twitter – www.twitter.com/RANZCP
United Synergies is a not for profit organisation established in 1989. Everything they do is dedicated to building better lives. United Synergies support people of all ages with:
• Child and family relationships
• Education support
• Mental health
• Support after suicide
United Synergies support people across Southern Queensland from their sites in Tewantin, Maroochydore, Toowoomba and Caboolture. They also provide support after suicide to individuals and communities across Australia.
Website - www.unitedsynergies.com.au Facebook - www.facebook.com/UnitedSynergies
Psychiatric Disability Services of Victoria (VICSERV) is a membership-based organisation and the peak body representing community managed mental health services in Victoria.
Vision - A society where everyone has access to high quality mental health treatment, rehabilitation and disability support when they need it.
Purpose - VICSERV supports community mental health service providers in Victoria by building their capacity to ensure respect, opportunity and recovery for people affected by mental illness. They collaborate with their members and partner with government and others to influence consumer-controlled mental health policy and practice in Victoria.
Values – VICSERV is a rights-based social justice organisation. They are passionate about collaboration, inclusiveness, flexibility, courage and integrity and these values inform everything that they do.
Website - www.vicserv.org.au Twitter – www.twitter.com/VICSERV
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.
Website – www.waamh.org.au Facebook – www.facebook.com/WAMentalHealth Twitter – www.twitter.com/TheWAAMH