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The ACT Mental Health Consumer Network is a consumer-led peak organisation representing the interests of mental health consumers in the ACT in policy and decision-making forums. The Network is committed to social justice and the inclusion of people with experience of mental illness.

Thursday 6 October 2016

Network Bulletin 6 October 2016

Please find our email bulletin for this week. If you are unable to open any links or attachments, please contact the Network on 6230 5796 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Network Bulletin 6 October 2016 (Word/PDF)

Of particular note in this bulletin, the Network would like to draw your attention to the following events:
•    FREE Self-Advocacy and Consumer Representation Training
•    Network Mental Health Week event
•    Scholarship opportunity to attend Peer Work Conference
•    Survey and Research opportunities


ACACIA Advisory Group Expressions of Interest pack (Word/PDF)

 Thursday 29 September 2016

Network training videos now on YouTube

Around the end of 2015, the Network commissioned the creation of some video resources for the Self-Advocacy and Consumer Representation training program. The project involved the participation of many Consumer Representatives and has been used extensively in our training throughout 2016.

Recently, we created a YouTube channel to make available the training promotional videos, and got these videos uploaded.

To view the videos, click on the links below.
Consumer Representative

Wednesday 8 June 2016

Spring 2016 edition of Network News now available

Spring 2016

The Spring 2016 edition of Network News is now available for viewing and to download. Click on the image to open.

Additionally the following were included as inserts:

Mental Health Week Consumer Awards and Michael Firestone Memorial Scholarship nomination forms

Faces of Mental Illness & Recovery flyer

2016-19 Strategic Plan

 Additionally, the July edition of Insight newsletter produced by ACACIA is now available for viewing.

Self-Advocacy and Consumer Representation Training Calendar

The Network has finalised Self-Advocacy and Consumer Representation Training (SCR) dates for 2017. The calendar can be found on the Quick Links right on this page.


Thursday 4 August 2016

Strategic Plan 2016-19

The Network is pleased to announce that our new Strategic Plan for 2016-19 is now available for viewing.

Strategic Plan 2016-19 (PDF 1.6MB)


Tuesday 9 February 2016

Report: Engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in culturally responsive ways

From August through to November 2015, the Network hosted Dianne Perkins, a student placement from the Australian Catholic University.

As part of her studies in Social Work for her degree, Dianne conducted a project for the Network which aimed to identify and examine culturally appropriate practices that the Network can use to actively engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who identify has having lived experience of mental illness.

The final report, titled “Engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in culturally responsive ways: Building relationships and supporting social and emotional wellbeing” is now available for viewing and can be found on the Reports page under Publications menu.


Friday 29 January 2016

Research Project: Australian mental health consumers' priorities for recovery-oriented occupational therapy curricula

The study is being conducted by PhD candidate Ms Karen Arblaster and supervised by Associate Professor Lynette Mackenzie from the University of Sydney.

This study seeks to identify the views of Australian mental health consumers on the priority topics related to recovery-oriented practice that should be included in mental health curricula within Australian occupational therapy training programs. It is important that consumers from diverse backgrounds have an opportunity to participate so that occupational therapy programs can prepare students for recovery-oriented practice that is sensitive to individuals’ unique needs. Accordingly we are seeking the support of a wide variety of organisations from all parts of Australia to assist in this way.

The study method is an eDelphi. A Delphi study involves several survey rounds in which participants offer their views (Round 1) and then rank all responses in two to three subsequent rounds until consensus is reached about the set of priorities. An eDelphi study follows the same format but is conducted on line. Participants in a Delphi study have expertise in relation to the study aims. In this instance the researchers are seeking people who have lived experience of mental illness and who identify as ‘experts by experience’.

Invitation to participate

Participant Information Sheet


Wednesday 18 March 2015

My NDIS pre-planning kits

Advocacy for Inclusion has developed a Plain English Kit to help people identify what they want out of their NDIS process, and who they want to help them.

The kits cost $19.95 and are available for purchase from their website:


ACT Charter of Rights for People with Mental Health Issues

The ACT Government released the ACT Charter of Rights for People with Mental Health Issues on 11 October 2011.

Click on the links below to see it in full page view or to download.

ACT Charter of Rights Poster

ACT Charter of Rights Pamphlet

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1) International Human Rights Day forum – Video & Podcast

On 10 December, International Human Rights Day, the ACT Human Rights Commission held a discussion forum on the history of human rights in the capital. The panel included Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG, Dr Tom Calma AO, and Professor Hilary Charlesworth AM. A video of the Hon. Michael Kirby's speech and a podcast of the discussion which aired on Radio National on 18 December are now available.

· Video: Hon. Michael Kirby's speech:

· Radio National podcast: Human Rights – Commitment or continuing hostility:

Last Updated on Friday, 21 October 2016 02:16