CEO Update: Until next year

Until next year

The Mental Health Australia office will be closed from the afternoon of Friday 20 December, reopening on Monday 6 January. We wish all our Members, stakeholders and friends a very happy break and look forward to working with you all, refreshed, in the New Year.


Kind regards,

Melanie Cantwell
Acting CEO

Congratulations to Tony Nippard, new Chair of the Neami Group Board of Directors

Mental Health Australia offers our congratulations to Tony Nippard on his appointment as Chair of the Neami Group Board of Directors. We wish Tony all the best in this new role, and look forward to continue working closely with Neami.


Member Profiles

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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Micah Projects is a not-for-profit organisation committed to providing services and opportunities in the community to create justice and respond to injustice. They believe that every child and adult has the right to a home, an income, healthcare, education, safety, dignity and connection with their community of choice. Micah Projects provides a range of support and advocacy services to individuals and families according to their needs and capacity.
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InnoWell launches lived experience led National Community Consultation Survey to amplify the voices of the community

InnoWell is a company that has developed an innovative digital platform that helps people
with a lived experience of mental health get access to the right care at the right time. Their lived experience working group is leading a National Community Consultation Survey, which aims to amplify the voices of real people and use their experiences to inform a platform that helps make a difference.

As part of our National Community Consultation Survey, we’re asking people across
Australia, questions about their lived experience with mental ill-health. Our aim is to explore
topics like accessing services, trust, and stigma.

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CMHA 3rd National NDIS and Mental Health Conference: conferance bursaries close 6 January 2020

A bursary to attend the conference will cover registration for the two full days, with a co-contribution of $75 from the bursary recipient. This bursary does not cover any travel, accommodation or meal expenses to attend the conference. By putting in an Expression of Interest you agree to cover these costs. Bursaries are open to people with lived experience of mental illness either through your own direct experience or as a carer for someone living with mental illness.

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MindShift to a Better Place: Book available February 2020

Written by MindShift founder and CEo Elizabeth Venzin, MindShift to a Better Place is “Your guide to creating lasting change, self-worth and positive mental health.”

About the book:

The MindShift Foundation, led by founder and CEO Elizabeth Venzin, is a registered charity dedicated to preventative mental health awareness and advocacy. Prevention, awareness and education are important keys to understanding mental health. In this book, you’ll find practical information and useful resources to help grow your self-worth or assist someone you care about with theirs. MindShift to a Better Place helps you identify the signs of low self-worth, guides you on how and where to seek appropriate treatment and assists you in taking those steps forward to create healthy self-worth, positive wellbeing and strong mental health.

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Have your say: Consultations on options for nationally-coordinated strategy to reduce stigma

Priority Area 6 of the 5th National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan involves the reduction of stigma towards people with mental illness that is poorly understood in the community.

A research team at the Centre for Mental Health, University of Melbourne has been funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health to conduct a research project that aims to identify, review and analyse available data on programs run by Australian organisations that focus on reducing stigma towards people with mental illness, with a particular focus on schizophrenia, psychosis, bipolar disorder and personality disorders. This will assist with recommendations to inform national policy on the reduction of stigma and discrimination.

If your organisation runs anti-stigma programs and would like to participate, you will be asked to provide details about these programs. The survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. Our review of programs will inform future consultations on options for a nationally coordinated stigma-reduction strategy. 

To complete the survey, please copy and paste the URL below into your internet browser:

For more information, please contact Judith Wright on 03 9035 7543 or

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