The National Disability Insurance Scheme Capacity Building for the Mental Health Sector Project 2013/14 - Frequently Asked Questions


This information is available to assist students in understanding the mental health sector and the work undertaken by Mental Health Australia. Included are hyerlinks to the work of Mental Health Australia and its current membership, as well as answers to frequently asked questions. In addition, there is a link to a Contact Us form if need be.


The Commonwealth plays a leadership role in mental health policy-making, research and funding issues. The states and territories deliver public acute and psychiatric hospital services as well as a wide range of community and public mental health services. Non-government organisations also play a role providing a range of community-based mental health support services.


Services for people affected by mental health issues are listed here. See also Need Help page on this website.


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About the MHCA

Mental Health Australia aims to promote mentally healthy communities, educate Australians on mental health issues, influence mental health reform so that government policies address all contemporary mental health issues, conduct research on mental health issues, and carry out regular consultation to represent the best interests of our members, partners and the community.


Mental Health Australia represents all Australians through promoting the interests of the Australian mental health sector. It is the peak, national non-government organisation and its members include national organisations representing consumers, carers, special needs groups, clinical service providers, public and private mental health service providers, researchers and state/territory community mental health peak bodies.


You can become involved through local or state mental health organisations, by participating in World Mental Health Day or by giving a tax deductable donation to Mental Health Australia .


Please contact a complaints commission within the state that the service operates.


The 2007 National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing, has found that one in five of Australian adults had a mental disorder in the previous 12 months and that almost half the total Australian population would experience a mental disorder at some time in their lives.

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