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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.

Friday 15 December 2017

Summer 2017 edition of Network News now available

Summer 2017 

The Summer 2017 edition of Network News is now available for viewing and to download. Click on the image to open.



Network Bulletin 15 December 2017

Please find our last email bulletin for 2017. The Network wishes all our members and readers a safe and festive season, and we look forward to seeing you all again in 2018.

Of particular note in this bulletin, the Network would like to draw your attention to the following:
•    Network and Drop-In closures;
•    Consultation opportunity for the Office for Mental Health ACT establishment;
•    Holiday Season Free Meal Guide and Emergency Provider Guides; and
•    Position Vacancy.

Network Bulletin 15 December 2017 (Word/PDF)


ACT Mental Health Consumer Scholarship Scheme Application

Way Back Support Service Online Survey information


Thursday 23 November 2017

ACT Mental Health Consumer Scholarship Scheme

The ACT Mental Health Consumer Scholarship Scheme is a partnership between ACT Health, CIT and ACT Mental Health Consumer Network. It is designed to support mental health consumers to study in the community services area. The aim of the scheme is to increase employment opportunities for mental health consumers in mental health, alcohol and other drugs, community development, youth work and community services.

Anyone who has lived experience of a mental illness/disorder and is 17 years of age or older is eligible to apply for admission to the scholarship scheme. Preference will be given to applicants who have not completed post-secondary studies and/or are unemployed.

The ACT Mental Health Consumer Scholarship Scheme is a two staged approach to support mental health consumers gain qualifications in the area of human services.
- The first stage of the scheme is funding for the completion of the Statement of Attainment in Introductory Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs. This qualification will work towards a Certificate IV within the community services package.
- The second stage is funding that covers course fees only for study in one of the Certificate IV courses in the Community Work Programs.
These are run by the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) at CIT Bruce.

Approximately 25 scholarships are available. The scholarship is valid for two years.

This scholarship scheme is available to Australian residents and citizens. Please note international students are not eligible.

To be eligible for consideration, you must complete the Scholarship Application Form (MS word 184Kb) in full and send to the Canberra Institute of Technology. Applications will be considered and assessed by a selection committee. Interviews may also be conducted. The decision by the selection committee is final and appeals will not be accepted.

This opportunity is being offered in two rounds:

Round Applications Due by  Selection Committee Meeting
 1   8 December  Week commencing 11 December
 2  19 Jan  Week commencing 22 January

 All applicants will be notified about the outcome of their application in writing within two weeks of the selection committee meetings.

ACT Mental Health Consumer Scholarship Scheme Application

Thursday 1 June 2017

Bulk-billing medical services

A privately composed list of medical services and related health providers that bulk bill in the ACT and Queanbeyan region has been compiled for your information. The information listed is current as at May 2017.
Bulk-billing medical providers (Word)

Thursday 25 May 2017

New Submissions

The Network previously held consultations with consumers to formulate a response to inquiries on Employment and Disability and provision of services for people with psychosocial disability under the NDIS.

Both of these submssions are now available for reading on the Submissions page.

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


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.


Wednesday 18 March 2015

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, 15 December 2017 00:16