Day One

Attendees
Thomas Brideson, Karen Burns (Chair), Maria Cassaniti, Sue Cripps, John Feneley (NSW Mental Health Commissioner), Paula Hanlon, Tim Heffernan, Cathy Kezelman, Christopher Maylea, Jenni Campbell, Brian Pezzutti, Vince Ponzio, Yvonne Quadros, Russell Roberts, Erica Roy

Apologies
Diana McKay, Murray Bleach 

Secretariat
Katrina Davis (Mental Health Commission of NSW)

Other attendees
Fay Jackson (NSW Deputy Mental Health Commissioner)
Sarah Hanson (Mental Health Commission of NSW)
Kerri Lawrence (Mental Health Commission of NSW)
Darry O'Donnell (Mental Health Commission of NSW)

Guests
Sebastian Rosenberg (Synergia)
Phillip Gandar (Synergia)
Juliet Middleton (Synergia)

1. Acknowledgements

  • Thomas Brideson provided an Acknowledgement of Country.  
  • Fay Jackson provided an Acknowledgement of People with Lived Experience of Mental Illness.

2. Welcome and apologies

Karen Burns and John Feneley welcomed members.  
Diana McKay and Murray Bleach provided their apologies for day one of the meeting. 

3. Confirmation of agenda and declaration of interests

The Agenda was confirmed and no declarations were made.   

4. Actions arising from previous meeting

Council members noted the Log of Action Items.

5. Consideration of Terms of Reference

Council members noted and accepted the updated Terms of Reference.

6. Member feedback

Council members were asked to submit feedback on community issues or any significant developments relevant to the NSW Mental Health Commission’s work. A document compiling this feedback was tabled and noted.

7. Towards a draft Strategic Plan for Mental Health in NSW - the story so far

The team from Synergia outlined the process that has been undertaken to date for development of the draft Strategic Plan for Mental Health in NSW.

8. Council input to Journeys 1-8

A series of Journey papers informing the development of the draft Plan were distributed to Council members. Discussion centred on the emerging themes from each of the journeys:

  • Journey 1: Building Community Resilience and Wellbeing
  • Journey 2: The Best Start
  • Journey 3: Troubled Kids
  • Journey 4: Healthy Transitions
  • Journey 5: Towards a Better Life
  • Journey 6: Breaking the Cycle
  • Journey 7: Body and Soul
  • Journey 8: Living Long and Strong

Throughout these discussions the particular importance of: prevention and early intervention programs; supporting the mental health and related workforce; engaging with those outside of mental health services and the community more generally; and maintaining the focus on the lived experience of people with mental illness and their carers and families.

ACTION 2013.29: Synergia to direct Council members to the online collaboration space for further feedback on the development of the draft Plan.

9. Exploration of emerging strategic themes

A synthesis document, Emerging Themes and Priorities from the Draft Strategic Plan Development, was distributedand accompanied by a presentation. Key discussions:

  • The establishment of the Commission is a unique opportunity for continuing reform.
  • The importance of leadership across sectors and professions. The consumer voice is strong; sometimes the listening is weak.

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Day Two

Attendees
Murray Bleach, Thomas Brideson, Karen Burns (Chair), Maria Cassaniti, Sue Cripps, John Feneley (NSW Mental Health Commissioner), Paula Hanlon, Tim Heffernan, Cathy Kezelman, Christopher Maylea, Diana McKay, Jenni Campbell, Brian Pezzutti, Vince Ponzio, Yvonne Quadros, Russell Roberts, Erica Roy

Secretariat
Katrina Davis (Mental Health Commission of NSW)

Other attendees
Fay Jackson (NSW Deputy Mental Health Commissioner)
Sarah Hanson (Mental Health Commission of NSW)
Kerri Lawrence (Mental Health Commission of NSW)
Darry O'Donnell (Mental Health Commission of NSW)

Guests
Sebastian Rosenberg (Synergia)
Phillip Gandar (Synergia)
David Todd (Synergia)
Juliet Middleton (Synergia)

10. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities

Tom Brideson delivered a presentation on emerging issues and common themes from the consultations with Aboriginal communities to date.  Key discussions:

  • The Commission is undertaking further engagement activities with Aboriginal communities.
  • There is great diversity across Aboriginal communities.
  • Uncovering the needs of Aboriginal communities needs to be done in concert with discussions about making services more accessible.  

11. Beyond the cities

A presentation was provided on emerging insights around issues for rural and remote communities. Key discussions:

  • The population of rural and regional Australia is significant – 2.1 million.
  • Rural concerns are well represented by the Commission.
  • Transport and workforce are the big issues in this context.

12. What would success look like?

Council members discussed what success would look like and what shifts are required to bring about success. Possible Key Indicators or facilitators of success were discussed with a recognition that these will need to be across the spectrum of services, not only in mental health.

ACTION 2013.30: Synergia to develop a visioning document that Council members can provide feedback on.

13. Supporting reform, facilitating change

Synergia tabled a paper titled Reform, not repair. Council members were asked to reflect on elements of a suggested change process. Key discussions centred on the following themes:

  • our shared purpose
  • leadership for change
  • engagement to mobilise
  • improvement methodology
  • system drivers.

14. Thanks and Close

John Feneley and Karen Burns thanked the Council for their work. 

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Last updated: 3 June 2017