Thomas Brideson, Karen Burns (Chair), Maria Cassaniti, John Feneley (NSW Mental Health Commissioner), Tim Heffernan, Cathy Kezelman, Jenni Campbell, Brian Pezzutti, Yvonne Quadros, Alan Woodward, Eugene McGarrell

Erica Roy, Sue Cripps, Vince Ponzio, Josephine Anderson, Paula Hanlon

Elizabeth Burford (Mental Health Commission of NSW) 

Catherine Lourey (Special Advisor, Mental Health Commission of NSW), Tully Rosen (Senior Advisor, Mental Health Commission of NSW), Jonathan McGuire (Senior Data Analyst, Mental Health Commission of NSW), Neda Dusevic (Senior Advisor, Mental Health Commission of NSW)

1. Acknowledgements

  • Thomas Brideson provided an acknowledgement of Country.
  • The Implementation Plan for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013 – 2023 was noted.
  • Tim Heffernan provided an acknowledgement of people with lived experience of mental illness. 

2. Commissioner update

The Commissioner acknowledged that for the majority of members, membership is due for renewal next year. If possible the Commissioner would like to keep a mix of existing members and new members to ensure continuity of experience within the Council.

The briefing on Commission activities was noted and the Commissioner highlighted some key aspects:

  • The Progress Report is a major piece of work for the Commission at present.
  • The International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership - Canada hosted the 2015 conference and has now officially handed over to Australia. The next conference will be hosted in Sydney in 2017. The Commissioner committed to keep CAC informed about the development of the IIMHL conference.
  • Parliamentary Speaker’s Garden Event - the Mental Health Commission hosted an event for community managed organisations and Members of Parliament in the Parliamentary Speaker’s Garden there were 25 organisations from across the life span. The event was well attended and feedback has been positive.

3. Progress Report overview

Catherine Lourey provided an overview of the Progress Report process. She addressed issues previously raised by CAC and explained limitations around what can be provided.

Tully Rosen gave a presentation on agency responses to requests for information from the Commission.

Discussion included:

  • Concerns about the transparency of the reform process
  • Funding
  • Sector restructures
  • Likeminds pilot sites
  • Peer workforce: increase in peer workforce; duty of care to peer workers; Framework for NSW Public Mental Health Peer Workforce
  • Importance of e-tools in mental health, especially in rural areas, and need for better uptake.
  • Examples of good work taking place in the community
      • Great work being done in FaCS
      • Education are doing really good work targeting vulnerable young people and helping them transition into employment
      • The Recovery Learning Network.

Jonathan McGuire gave a presentation on the headline indicators being used for the Report.

Discussion included:

  • Challenges of recording stigma and discrimination
  • Peer workforce numbers and the difficulty accessing data around this
  • Review of the NSW Health Aboriginal mental health policy
  • Frustration in the non-government sector that there is no process to capture, and share publically, the rich data that is coming into community managed organisations.

Neda Dusevic gave a presentation on the community survey. Discussion included:

  • Level of communication that is needed/desired in relation to reform activities and the need to better promote reform work that is taking place
  • It is important for all sectors to see how their work relates to Living Well
  • The narrative needs to be about the experiences of people, not the organisation
  • It is very positive that there is so much buy into the directions of reform. However, the issues lie in the structure and resources. Given this, people need to be able to see an outcomes framework
  • The relationship between Living Well and senior management, middle management and front line staff.
  • There needs to be a strong lead in the reforms, to provide the necessary backbone support for a collective impact approach.

4. Where to from here for CAC?

The Commissioner outlined core areas for CAC to check in against. Feedback from members’ one on one meetings with the Chair was noted. Members discussed the possibility of holding a two day planning workshop in February. 

5. Other business

The Action Log was noted. The meeting dates for the next year were noted.


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Last updated: 3 June 2017