In January 2018, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) engaged Mental Health Australia to conduct consultations to inform the design of a tailored...

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Mental Health Australia CEO Frank Quinlan is on holiday this week so we asked Consumer Advocate and former National Mental Health Commissioner, Janet Meagher, to be our guest blogger and outline a project she and her colleagues have been working on. I would like to take this opportunity to raise awareness in the mental health community of some landmark activity that has been going on...

Our Projects

Mental Health Australia is currently undertaking a number of projects to improve mental health services for all Australians. 

Health professionals, psychosocial disability and the NDIS

This project aims to identify how health professionals can be supported to assist consumers with psychosocial disability to access the NDIS…


Mental Health Australia’s submission to the Review of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee’s guidelines.

Newsletters / Bulletins

Read about the Carer Gateway Advisory Group meeting, the new SA Mental Health Commission, an update on the MHiMA project and the recent MHISSC meeting


The Integrating Mental Health into the NDIS Conference was held by Informa Australia from 27-28 November 2014 in Sydney. Topics covered included scheme design, emerging lessons from the launch sites, the changing landscape for service providers, integrating the NDIS with other service systems and maximising choice and control. Presenters included Frank Quinlan, CEO of Mental Health Australia and Josh Fear, Director Policy and Projects, Mental Health Australia, David Butt, CEO and Commissioner of the National Mental Health Commission, Eddie Bartnik, NDIA Strategic Advisor NDIA, Nick Hartland, Group Manager, NDIS Department of Social Services, David Meldrum Executive Director of the Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia and a range of other key stakeholders including consumers and carers. Video footage and slideshow presentations for many of the sessions can be accessed here.


This workshop was organised by Mental Health Australia in partnership with Psychiatric disability Services of Victoria (VICSERV) to support organisations in Victoria to prepare for transitioning to the NDIS. It is one of one of a series of organisational readiness workshops which are being held in each state and territory by Mental Health Australia in collaboration with state and territory mental health peaks. Funding was provided by the National Disability Insurance Agency. The following presentations are available for viewing.

Media Releases

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NDIS: How is mental health fairing?’ was a symposium at The Mental Health Servicies Conference held in August 2014. It featured presentations from: Eddie Bartnik, NDIA, Tina Smith, MHCC, Rod Astbury, WAAMH and Liz Ruck, Mental Health Australia, followed by a panel discussion chaired by Pam Rutledge, Richmond PRA. The video of the symposium below is accompanied by the attached PowerPoint presentation.


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