15 February 2018, 8:45am - 2pm

Canberra, ACT 2601

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- A Forum for Leaders and Decision-Makers -


*Please note that this Forum was originally promoted with the title "Mental Health Reform and the Future of Peaks"

The forum will be opened by Shane Rattenbury, ACT Minister for Mental Health, and facilitated by Dr Leanne Craze AM, Director of Craze Lateral Solutions. It will feature a panel consisting of:

Dr. Peggy Brown, AO, CEO, National Mental Health Commission

Frank Quinlan, CEO, Mental Health Australia

Amanda Bresnan, CEO, Community Mental Health Australia

Angie Ingram, CEO, Mental Health Foundation ACT

Michael Burge, OAM, National Mental Health Consumer Advocate, Board Director at World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH), and Vice President for the Oceania Region.


This Forum is the result of a co-design process between the Board of the Mental Health Community Coalition of the ACT (MHCC ACT) and MHCC ACT’s Consumer and Carer Caucus.

The ACT has been a primary trial site for the NDIS and is ahead of other jurisdictions in terms of rollout and the lessons learned. State peaks are now considering a number of impacts resulting from the mental health reforms and the NDIS that are affecting our sector, sector stakeholders and those with lived experience.

The Mental Health Community Coalition ACT is hosting a roundtable and forum to bring national and local ACT stakeholders together to discuss how these changes have the potential to affect membership of mental health peaks and the constituency of the mental health sector.

The roundtable and forum seek to engage senior decision makers and leaders in sector organisations, local and national peak bodies, consumer and carer representatives and government officials. 

The following questions are now ones that organisations are facing. How we move forward may be significant in shaping how the sector looks into the future.

  • Is a new psychosocial sector emerging?
  • What does this mean for mental health peaks?
  • What do peaks need to do to adapt to the changing environment?
  • How do peaks engage now and into the future with non-traditional providers and emerging providers?
  • Should peaks be changing our membership criteria to include non-traditional providers?
  • How do peaks continue to represent the needs of consumers and carers in a landscape being defined by the language of the NDIS?


Morning tea will be provided and the forum will be followed by lunch and an opportunity to meet and network with sector colleagues.

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Last updated: 31 January 2018