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Site updates and End of Year closure

The latest edition of Network News (Summer 2023) is now available for reading.

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Our latest submission response to the Dhulwa Model of Care is now available for reading via the Submissions page.

The Network will be closed from 1pm Wednesday 20 December 2023 and reopen at 9am on Monday 8 January 2023.

We wish consumers a safe and restful Holiday season. If you require assistance throughout this period, Volunteering ACT has compiled the 2023-24 Community Services Holiday Season Guides.

Introducing the 2023-2024 Board of the Network

Following the Network’s recent Annual General Meeting, I am pleased to introduce the 2023-24 ACT Mental Health Consumer Network Board:

Executive Committee

  • Chair:                  Paul Thompson (elected)
  • Deputy Chair:    Lachlan Atyeo (continuing)
  • Secretary:           Kathryn Dwan (elected)
  • Treasurer:          Maree Pavloudis (continuing)

Ordinary Members:

  • Jenny Adams (continuing)
  • Assunta Arioli (elected)
  • Bridget Berry (continuing)
  • Zac Chu (elected)
  • Chris Corcoran (continuing)
  • Babette Fahey (elected)
  • Lucas Spensberger (continuing)

This year’s elections saw a roughly even split of returning and new Board members elected, which is a great result for both continuity and bringing fresh ideas.

The ‘Our Board‘ page has been updated with these changes and will updated with new Board member profile pictures soon.


Canberra Times article on the importance of mental health peer workers

A recent article in the Canberra Times (Lanie Tindale, October 23 2023), featuring our own Paul Thompson, has been printed that highlights the value of mental health peer workers in a person’s recovery journey.

You can read this article via our Facebook page. or by clicking on the image to open in a new window tab.

Site updates

The latest edition of our quarterly newsletter (Network News Winter/Spring 2023) is now available. Click on the image to read.

Submissions page has been updated with submissions produced throughout August and September.

A Beary Lovely Morning

Having a mental illness can be an isolating and lonely experience. Join us for a ‘Beary’ Lovely Morning where you will build your own personal teddy bear buddy to help you in your recovery journey, whilst making new friends or reconnecting with old ones.

Due to the immense interest in this event, for 2023 we are pleased to announce that there will be TWO (2) Bear Lovely Mornings on the below dates. Click on the day that suits you to register.

This is a free event and covers the bear and accessories up to $50 and lunch.

Up to 12 people can attend any one day.

Carers and support persons are welcome to attend and will be included in the total number of participants.

Want to participate but can’t physically make it or happen to become unwell on the day? We can place an online order on your behalf and have your bear sent directly to you. An online teddy bears picnic will be held at a following Drop-In so you can still be part of the fun.

Please bear in mind the number of participants is limited, so we urge you to book in quick!

RSVP: Essential! Participant numbers are limited.

Network News Autumn 2023 now available

The latest edition of our quarterly newsletter is now available. Click on the image to read.

Submission page updated

New submissions for the second quarter of 2023 are now available on the Submissions page.

Summary of Northside Hospital Briefing meeting

In mid-May 2023, Healthcare Consumers ACT (HCCA ACT) and Canberra Health Services (CHS) held a meeting with stakeholders to present on the transition of Calvary Hospital management to CHS, with respect to service continuity and how the transition impacts on consumers and staff.

A summary of the presentation can be found via the HCCA ACT website.

Media Release

CHS Data Breaches

Joint response to the introduction of independent assessments to the NDIS

The Network, in conjunction with numerous other community organisations, recently submitted a joint response to the Minister for Disability, Justice Health and Mental Health, Emma Davidson MLA, highlighting shared concerns regarding the introduction of independent assessments to the NDIS.

You can read this response by clicking on the link below

Response: NDIS Independent Assessments (PDF)

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