community visits 2015
14 March 2016

These reports profile the Commission’s 2015 visits to:

Watch videos from the community visits on our YouTube channel.


In 2013, the Mental Health Commission of NSW (the Commission) held a series of forums with communities in Broken Hill, Kempsey, Tamworth, Nowra and Dubbo in order to understand more about the particular needs and experiences of people with mental illness who live outside metropolitan areas. The feedback from the forums informed the Commission’s subsequent recommendations for the reform of the mental health system.

Since those initial forums, the Commission has completed Living Well: A Strategic Plan for Mental Health in NSW 2014-2024 (Living Well). The NSW Government has accepted all the 141 recommendations for mental health reform it describes and a Mental Health Reform Implementation Task Force has been established. The high-level team is chaired by the Secretary of NSW Health and includes senior representatives from all major government agencies referred to in Living Well, including Family and Community Services, Education and Justice. In summary, stage two of reform, action and implementation, has begun.

In mid-2015, the Commission returned to regional NSW to visit towns including Broken Hill, Wagga Wagga, Griffith, Coffs Harbour, Kempsey, Queanbeyan, Goulburn and Bega to gauge and promote awareness of Living Well at the Local Health District (LHD) level, and to learn about any early steps towards mental health reform. The Commission was keen to hear about inspiring examples of excellence in person-focused, recovery-oriented mental health care. It was also interested to hear about barriers to change as government agencies, non-government organisations (NGOs), clinicians and other stakeholders look for better ways to work together to provide timely, person-centred care for people living with mental illness.

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Last updated: 10 August 2017