The Commission is undertaking a mid-term review of Living Well: A Strategic Plan for Mental Health in NSW 2014 – 2024, the 10-year plan for mental health reform in NSW. These consultations will inform our advice to Government on where the future priorities lie for ongoing improvements in mental health services and supports to improve the lives and outcomes for people with mental health issues.  

The voice, experiences and expertise of communities across New South Wales, people with lived experience of mental health issues and caring, of service providers, and people who work or are interested in mental health and wellbeing are essential to getting this right. 

You are invited to participate in consultations with the Mental Health Commission of NSW to talk about what is working well, where things could be improved, and to tell us what your priorities for change are.  

The review includes a program of events across NSW where ten community consultations are being held between March and July 2019.  

The Commission welcomes people with a lived experience of mental health issues and caring, families and kinship groups, community members and representatives from primary health networks, local health districts, community-managed organisations, local government and local organisations and other services to attend the consultation.

Following each consultation, a selection of  programs and initiatives will be showcased on the  Commission website. The Commission will also report back to the community on the main issues it heard in these consultations, via a report on the website.  

The scheduled consultation dates are as follows:

South Eastern NSW Region 20 March 2019 Bega - Community consultation for people with lived experience of mental health issues and caring, families and kinship groups  
  21 March 2019 Batemans Bay - Community consultation for people with lived experience of mental health issues and caring, families and kinship groups  
  21-22 March 2019  Batemans Bay - Two day consultation workshop  
Nepean Blue Mountains 9 April 2019 Lithgow - Community consultation to review local challenges and what future priorities should be  
  10 April 2019 Penrith - One day consultation workshop  
Northern Sydney 8 May 2019 Chatswood - One day consultation workshop Register to attend
Hunter New England 14 May 2019 Tamworth - Community consultation to review local challenges and what future priorities should be Register to attend
  15 May 2019 Singleton - Community consultation to review local challenges and what future priorities should be Register to attend
  16 May 2019 Newcastle - One day consultation workshop Register to attend
  17May 2019 Central Coast - Community consultation to review local challenges and what future priorities should be tbc
Western NSW Dates to be confirmed    
Western Sydney Dates to be confirmed    
Murrumbidgee Dates to be confirmed    
South Western Sydney Dates to be confirmed    
Central and Eastern Sydney Dates to be confirmed    
Mid-North Coast Dates to be confirmed    

 The Commission's consultations will include people with a lived experience of mental health issues and caring, families and kinship groups, community members and representatives from primary health networks, local health districts, community-managed organisations, peak bodies and other service providers.

For those who can't get to one of the face-to-face consultations listed above, there will be an online survey available soon on this website where people can send through their thoughts on what is working well, what are the challenges and what the future priorities should be for mental health in NSW.

Local initiatives will be showcased on this Commission website and a report will be delivered to Government in November 2019.

To find out more you can:

  • Watch this space for further updates and case studies.
  • Register online to get updates on the review project and consultations via email.
  • Email us at socialmedia@mhc.nsw.gov.au and we will add you to the project update list.

The information collected on this form will only be used for the purpose for which it was provided to the Mental Health Commission of NSW. The Commission will not disclose this information to any third party without your permission.

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Last updated: 18 April 2019