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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 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.
Network Bulletin 29 September 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
Network Bulletin 29 September 2016 (Word/PDF)
Of particular note in this bulletin, the Network would like to draw your attention to the following events:
• Network Mental Health Week
• Survey and Research opportunities
• Position vacancy
ACACIA Advisory Group Expressions of Interest pack (Word/PDF)
Wednesday 28 September 2016
Faces of Mental Illness and Recovery
|Date: Thursday 13 October 2016
Time: 10am – 3pm
Venue: The Griffin Centre
Mental illness and recovery differs from person to person.
Following our successful art event in 2015, the Network will continue the creative experience. In this workshop using masks, participants will each create their personal ‘face’, that reflects the effect that mental illness has had on their lives, their recovery goal or journey of recovery.
The workshop will again be facilitated by Bella Insch from Inkbrush Therapy, who will help guide participants in creatively expressing their story.
All materials and lunch will be provided. Carers and support persons are welcome to attend and participate.
For catering purposes etc., we require RSVP’s which can be given to the Network on 6230 5796, SMS 0406 457 557, email
Wednesday 8 June 2016
Spring 2016 edition of Network News now available
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