Consumers and Carers

Consumer and carer participation in all levels of decision-making is fundamental for the improvement of mental health services and crucial to improving the lives of people with a mental illness.

The continued participation and engagement of consumers and carers in the development, implementation, delivery and evaluation of services is essential for mental health reform.


  • Newsletters / Bulletins

    The announcement of the Government’s response to the NMHC Review is imminent and we will be working hard to keep you informed of all developments as they happen. Also read about the Parliamentary Friends of Youth Mental Health and the National Alcohol Strategy.

  • Newsletters / Bulletins

    Latest news from the MHiMA Project, outcomes of a Hunter PIR Forum and a meeting with Senator Gallagher are all discussed in this week’s update.

  • Newsletters / Bulletins

    It’s been a huge month across the whole sector, and Mental Health Australia has had some big events this week with our AGM, Grace Groom Memorial Oration and Members Policy Forum - including a visit from Minister for Health Sussan Ley.

  • Submission

    In 2015, the Australian Government engaged Ernst and Young to conduct an independent review of the National Disability Insurance Scheme legislation. Mental Health Australia provided a submission to the review on 15 October 2015. The submission covers access criteria, nominee provisions and governance arrangements.

  • Newsletters / Bulletins

    In this edition of Mental Health Australia’s NDIS Mental Health Network update read about a co-design consultation regarding the Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) Commissioning Framework, an upcoming audit of the NDIS, new NDIS resources for carers, NDIS costing and pricing training for services providers and valuable publications released by the Mental Health Coordinating Council of New South Wales.

  • Newsletters / Bulletins

    read about the development of the Fifth National Mental Health Plan, the wrap up of World Mental Health Day activities, the upcoming Grace Groom Memorial Oration and a review of Carer Payments and Carer Allowances.

  • Fact Sheets

    Mental Health Australia and Carers Australia have developed a Guide for Mental Health Carers on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and a Mental Health Carer Checklist to prepare for NDIS assessment and planning meetings.

  • Newsletters / Bulletins

    Happy Mental Health Week! Read all about what’s been going on around the country to mark this important week.

  • Media Releases

    One in five Australians will experience a mental illness in the next 12 months, almost 50% of us in our lifetimes. Saturday 10 October is World Mental Health Day. On this day Australians are asked to make a personal mental health promise to themselves at and share it on social media. “Mental illness impacts so many in our community. But if we can recognise the signs and do something about it early, we can significantly reduce the impact it can have on our lives. Unfortunately, our research shows less than one in five Australians regularly seeks help when they are stressed or down. This suggests people could be neglecting their mental health for too long,” Mental Health Australia CEO Frank Quinlan said today. Australia currently has a mental health system that is fragmented and difficult to navigate. The Australian Government has indicated it will launch a substantial mental health reform package before the end of 2015. Mental Health Australia has urged the Government to take a bold approach to reform.

  • Newsletters / Bulletins

    It’s a bumper week of news with preparations for Mental Health Week. Read about our WMHD campaign, Mental As, the Distributed Advocacy Day and more