Voting Members

Voting Members


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.

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.
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The Australian Clinical Psychology Association (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 advocates to government, professional and academic organisations, other health professions, and the public about standards of mental health practice, and aims to promote to these bodies the benefits provided by the expertise of qualified clinical psychologists.
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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.
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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.
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Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation, (previously known as Camp Kookaburra) was founded in 2002 by Dianne Madden who through personal experience identified the lack of support for children living in a family affected by mental illness. The first camp was held with 16 kids. Today over 1100 kids are registered to the Kookaburra Kids program.
The Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation supports kids living in families affected by mental illness. The program provides recreational, educational camps and other activities, giving kids a break, in a fun, positive and safe environment. Kids have the opportunity to meet other kids in similar families and develop new friendships.
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The Australian Psychological 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.
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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.
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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.
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Beyond Blue – Vision, Values and Mission
Three million Australians are currently experiencing anxiety or depression. Every day, nearly eight people take their own lives. 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.
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The Black Dog Institute is dedicated to understanding, preventing and treating mental illness. They 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.
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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.
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The 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.
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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.
The Butterfly National Helpline’s specialist counsellors provide non-judgemental support over the phone, via email, and online, which includes access to translation and interpreting services for anyone concerned by eating disorder or body image issues. Butterfly also provides treatment, prevention and support.
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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.
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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.
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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. 
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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


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.
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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.
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dNet – Connecting People Like Us
dNet 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 ‘people like us’ 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.
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For over 20 years, Emerging Minds (previously the Australian Infant, Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health Association – AICAFMHA) has been dedicated to advancing the mental health and emotional wellbeing of Australian infants, children, adolescents and their families. Emerging Minds develops mental health policy, services, interventions, training, programs and resources in response to the needs of healthcare professionals, children and their families. These include online resources, practical books, DVDs, online and face-to-face training. They partner with family members, national and international organisations to implement evidence based practice into the Australian context.
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On 16 August 2016 RichmondPRA Limited’s trading name became Flourish Australia. RichmondPRA was the result of two well-known and respected organisations — Richmond Fellowship of NSW and Psychiatric Rehabilitation Australia (PRA)—merging in mid-2012 in order to provide more choice and services across NSW and South East Queensland. United, they are dedicated to helping people with mental health problems to be part of their local community.
Vision - To enable full participation within a diverse and inclusive community.
Mission - Working together for optimal mental health and wellbeing.
Values - hope, inclusion, partnership, diversity, integrity, respect, trust
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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 - Facebook Twitter


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.
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Lifeline is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services. They’re committed to empowering Australians to be suicide-safe through connection, compassion and hope. Their vision is for an Australia free of suicide.
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Mental Health Carers Australia is the only national advocacy group solely concerned with the well-being and promotion of the needs of mental health carers. Mental Health Carers Australia grew out of the national movement of ARAFMI organisations across Australia. Originally ARAFMI was an acronym for Association of Relatives And Friends of the Mentally Ill. The first ARAFMI group was formed in Sydney in 1975 by a concerned group of carers who identified the need for a service that would specifically address the concerns of carers, relatives and friends. The movement quickly spread to other States and to the Territories and ARAFMI became the primary provider of services for carers of people with a mental illness in Australia. Mental Health Carers Arafmi Australia was incorporated in October 1998. Now they are known as Mental Health Carers Australia.
Mission - To be the voice of mental health carers to enable the best life possible.
Vision - The leading national voice.
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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.
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Mental Health Community Coalition of the ACT (MHCC ACT) is the peak body representing the community managed mental health sector in the ACT. Their 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. This aim is underpinned by their work in mental health policy development; workforce training; sector coordination; and initiatives to promote the critical role of community services in facilitating recovery and enhancing wellbeing. MHCC ACT is funded by the ACT Government and works in partnership with Carers ACT and the ACT Mental Health Consumer Network to ensure that their work is informed by the needs of consumers and carers.
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The Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC) is the peak body for community mental health organisations in New South Wales. MHCC has been supporting community based organisations to deliver services to people with mental health issues, their families and carers since 1983. They strive to raise the profile of mental health through their projects, submissions and by promoting partnership development.
Vision - People with lived experience are the drivers of positive change in all mental health services and mental health reforms.
Purpose - To build the capacity and ability of community organisations to support people on their recovery journeys.
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The Mental Health Council of Tasmania (MHCT) is a member based peak body. They represent and promote the interests of community managed mental health services and have a strong commitment to enabling better mental health and wellbeing outcomes for every Tasmanian.
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Developed in 2000, Mental Health First Aid Australia (MHFA) is a national not-for-profit organisation focused on mental health training and research. The organisation aims to address the issue that, while people often know a lot about physical health problems, ignorance of mental health is still prevalent. MHFA fills the gap left by regular first aid training by delivering training sessions that teach people how to help those experiencing mental health problems.
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The Mental Health Professionals’ Network (MHPN) is a unique initiative targeted at improving interdisciplinary mental health practice and collaborative care within Australia. They support primary mental health practitioners through local networks and their online professional development webinar program.
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Mental Health Victoria is the peak body for organisations that work within or intersect with the mental health system in Victoria. They advocate for reforming the mental health system to ensure that people living with mental health issues can access the care they need, when they need it. Reflecting the composition of the mental health system itself, their members come from a mix of clinical and non-clinical, acute and community-based, and public and private organisations. In addition, they work closely with stakeholders from a broad range of intersecting systems including aged care, disability, housing, public safety and legal services.
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Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia know from experience that recovery of a better quality of life is possible for everyone affected by mental illness. They work with and alongside participants and members of their organisations in every program, whether as staff, managers, peers, volunteers or board members. Peers - consumers, carers, families, friends - are at the heart of all their program design, governance, delivery and evaluation - and their services are better for that. They work closely with families, carers and friends as well as the person with a mental illness, including those who are hard to reach. Their objectives are holistic - they work to assist individuals and families in their journey to recover mental health, physical health, social connectedness and equal opportunity in all aspects of life.
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Mind Australia Limited is one of the country’s leading community-managed specialist mental health service providers. They have been supporting people dealing with the day-to-day impacts of mental illness, as well as their families, friends and carers for 40 years. This year, they will support more than 19,000 Australians on their personal recovery journeys across Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, and Western Australia. Mind is a registered NDIS provider. 
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The National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) is a living embodiment of the aspirations of Aboriginal communities and their struggle for self-determination. NACCHO is the national peak body representing 143 Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs) across the country on Aboriginal health and wellbeing issues. It has a history stretching back to a meeting in Albury in 1974. In 1997, the Federal Government funded NACCHO to establish a Secretariat in Canberra which greatly increased the capacity of Aboriginal Peoples involved in ACCHSs to participate in national health policy development. An Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service 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, through a locally elected Board of Management.
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The 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. They recognise that people’s genders, bodies, relationships, and sexualities affect their health and wellbeing in every domain of their life.
Vision - Healthy lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans/transgender, intersex, and other sexuality, gender, and bodily diverse people and communities throughout Australia and the world, free from stigma and discrimination.
Mission - As the national NGO peak body for LGBTI health in Australia, their particular mission is to provide a national focus to improve health outcomes for LGBTI people through policy, advocacy, representation, research evidence, and capacity building.
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The National Rural Health Alliance is comprised of 34 national organisations. They are committed to improving the health and wellbeing of the 7 million people in rural and remote Australia. Their members include consumer groups (such as the Country Women’s Association of Australia), representation from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector, health professional organisations (representing doctors, nurses and midwives, allied health professionals, dentists, pharmacists, optometrists, paramedics, health students, chiropractors and health service managers) and service providers (such as the Royal Flying Doctor Service). Their large and diverse membership gives the NRHA a broad and authentic view of the interests of the people of rural and remote Australia. It works with a range of stakeholders to improve the health and wellbeing of those people by developing well-targeted, cost-effective, evidence-based solutions. The NRHA is a rich source of credible information and expertise, and stands ready to work with Government and Opposition on responses to current and emerging rural health issues.
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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. They provide services in diverse communities in Western Australia, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales, ranging from the inner-city and suburbs to regional and remote areas.
Vision - Full citizenship for all people living with a mental illness in Australian society.
Mission - Improving mental health and wellbeing in local communities.
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The Northern Territory Mental Health Coalition is the peak body for community mental health and wellbeing. They work in collaboration with a wide network of organisations, people with lived experience, their families and supporters across the Northern Territory. They work at both a national and local level to improve the mental health and wellbeing of Territorians. Guiding Principles:

  • For the common good with a commit to social justice and human rights for all people, always.
  • Collaboration to seek positive social change through collaboration, partnership and mutual respect. To work respectfully with others to achieve shared goals.
  • Accountability to place the mental health and wellbeing of all Territorians at the forefront of what we do.
  • Cultural respect, responsiveness and security to recognise and respect cultural identity, including cultural perspectives of mental health and wellbeing, the harmful impacts of colonisation and the right to self-determination for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • Person-centred to acknowledge that each person’s recovery journey is deeply personal and unique. To provide quality accredited services that are empowering, strengths-based and socially inclusive.
  • Valuing of lived experience to include the voice of people with lived experience in all the work that we do.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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. 
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Lived Experience Australia makes a difference in systemic advocacy by being informed about the issues facing people with mental health issues, their families and carers and using this to influence mental health policy, planning and decision making at local, state and national levels. Formed in 2002, Lived Experience Australia was previously known as the Private Mental Health Consumer Carer Network (Australia) to promote the interests of members of the community requiring private mental health services. While our focus is on private sector mental health services, we provide national systemic advocacy for consumers, families and carers in all mental health settings. Website: 


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.
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Queensland Alliance for Mental Health (QAMH) is the peak body representing the community mental health sector in Queensland. We support our members and the wider mental health community in meeting the needs of people who have lived experience with mental health issues.
QAMH is committed to supporting our community as they deliver quality mental health services in Queensland. Our work is underpinned by the valued support of our members, who play a key role in assisting us to address structural challenges and to drive positive change.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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Soldier On provides a range of support services to Australian Defence Force members, Australian Federal Police, Australian Border Force, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and other security agency personnel. Soldier On’s mission is to work side by side with those who serve and protect Australia, and their families, helping them to secure their futures. Staff work side by side with individuals and families, to strengthen resilience and develop meaningful connections with family members, mates, and the local community through a diverse range of health and wellbeing services, employment opportunities, learning and education programs, and participation in community, social, and sporting activities.
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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 to support the individual’s functioning physically, socially and mentally at home, in the classroom, in the workplace, in social situations and in mental health treatment programs.
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Last year Stride helped over 17,000 people access the support they needed for their mental wellbeing. It’s not always easy, but with their dedicated and determined people on your side, Stride hopes to be the best companion someone could have during their mental health journey and recovery. In this Stride’s mission is simple. They 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, Stride works with them to create the life they want.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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. 
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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
• Employment
• Homelessness
• 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.
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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.
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