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February 4, 2016
Welcome to the NT Mental Health Coalition’s (NTMHC) our first e-bulletin, NTMHC's e-bulletin will have updates, news and information related to Mental Health Community sector and the Community Managed Mental Health sector. The Coalition welcomes your feedback and suggestions and information for the next e-bulletin.

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Membership Survey
The Coalition wants to hear from you (our members) about what your priority needs are from a peak organisation. The Coalition has some limitations (i.e. resources) so we want to hear from you, how we can best respond to and represent your interests. The Coalition will provide a second survey in June 2016, then annually.
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In this Edition
Latest News


ILC Commissioning Framework

Specialist disability
Accommodation Pricing and
Payment Framework Open


Conferences and workshops

Job Opportunities


Latest News

The NT Mental Health Coalition’s meeting with Dr Peggy Brown, Chief Psychiatrist for the NT 

The President, Helen Egan, Vice President, Lorraine Davies and the Executive Officer Vanessa Harris meet with Dr Peggy Brown, Chief Psychiatrist for the Northern Territory on the 8th December.
Issues discussed included:
  • Equity and accessibility to mental health services and programs for people (consumers and carers) across the whole of the NT.
  • Viability of mental health service providers, particularly those with NDIS related services operating in remote and urban areas.
  • A need for good data for the NT to enable planning, outcome evaluation, integration and service mapping – no wrong door for consumers/carers.
  • Member concerns about the NDIS, with a lack of understanding andlow understanding of what to expect and little communication across the NTG departments involved.
  • Concerns also regarding poor information and low engagement/planning, sharing of NDIA with the mental health sector.
  • Concerns around workforce development/sustaining/attracting and retaining good mental health skills in the NT sector.
  • NTMHC future funding and project based work – past processes with NTG have been hugely difficult and we want to ensure we can add value to the sector and be viable with skilled staff in the long term. 
The NT Mental Health Coalition will continue to pursue these issues with the Department.

Spending on mental health services hits $8 billion

Expenditure on mental health-related services in Australia has increased in recent years, according to a new report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).  The report, Mental Health Services in Australia,  shows that over $8 billion ws spent nationally on mental health services in 2013-14 in Australia – equivalent to $344 per person across the population. Of this $ 8 billion funding, 60% was provided by state and territory governments, 36% by the Australian Government and 4% by private health insurance funds. 

For further information

Mental Health Youth Inpatient Program

The Northern Territory Government launched the Mental Health Youth Inpatient Program at Royal Darwin Hospital on Monday 1st February, the first specialist child and adolescent mental health facility of its kind in the Northern Territory.  

For more information


Territorians invited to comment on the draft Guardianship of Adults Bill

New legislation to reform and modernise adult guardianship in the Northern Territory has been released for public consultation.

The new legislation, known as the Guardianship of Adults Bill 2016, seeks to recognise the overall wellbeing, human rights and fundamental freedoms of adults with impaired decision-making capacity. It will align with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Person with Disabilities.  
Extensive stakeholder and public consultation will occur throughout February and will include community briefings to be held in Darwin, Katherine, Nhulunbuy, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs. 
Stakeholders are encouraged to visit for more information on the draft Guardianship of Adults Bill 2016 and to download the Draft Bill, the Fact Sheets and the Explanatory Paper.

Feedback can be provided at the forums, via email ( and through an online survey. All feedback and submissions are due no later than Monday 29 February 2016.

Funding Extensions for Commonwealth Mental Health Programs

Extensions to funding for D2DL, PHaMs  and Carer Support programs (also known as MHR:CS or Respite Program). 
Good news for participants and staff that grants for these programs will be extended until 30 June 2019 or the full roll-out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in each jurisdiction. 
As you are aware, PHaMs, Respite, Partners in Recovery (PIR) and D2DL programs are expected to transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) from 1 July 2016, with full roll out anticipated by 2019-20. The timing and rate of transition is dependent on the outcome of the bilateral agreements with each State and Territory.  
Governments recognise that the NDIS represents a very significant change to the way people with disability are supported and have therefore agreed that the transition to the scheme should be gradual.
The Commonwealth is continuing negotiations with Queensland and the Northern Territory to finalise NDIS transition arrangements, and the comparative evaluation of the My Way and NDIA trials in Western Australia will inform a future agreement in that state. Details of the transition schedule and timetable for full scheme rollout of NDIS are outlined in the bilateral agreements signed between the Commonwealth and the New South Wales, Victorian, Tasmanian and South Australian state governments. You may wish to visit the NDIS website at for information on the rollout of the NDIS in your jurisdiction.

Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) quarterly report

Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission’s newsletter
 ACNC Quarterly this quarterly report has a source of information about the ACNC and tools to help your charity meet its obligations.
Featured in this edition:
  • our latest research reports into the charity sector, Australian Charities Report 2014 and Australia’s Disability Charities
  • new guidance and education materials for charities
  • an urgent reminder about the 2015 Annual Information Statement, and
  • Charity Chat with Twich Women’s Sewing Collective. (If you would like to be featured in Charity Chat in a future edition, email



9th Quarterly Report Dashboards

The NDIS quarterly report is now available; it is worth noting the data from the Barwon, Hunter, WA and Barkly trial sites, the highest % of packages for psychosocial disability is 14% and in the Barkly trial it is only 3% or 3-4 people out of the 103 with packages.

ILC Commissioning Framework Consultation

The NT Mental Health Coalition conducted two workshops in the Northern Territory - one in Darwin on 27 October, 2015 and one in Alice Springs on 28 October, 2015. The report from the Northern Territory has contributed to the Co-design of the ILC Commissioning Framework – Summary Report.
The co-design process is described more fully in the Co-design of the ILC Commissioning Framework - Summary Report.
The ILC Commissioning Framework Consultation Draft  and an Easy English  are available as a web page as well as PDF and Word document.

NDIA Mental Health Sector Reference Group

Dear Members in case you may have missed it……
Are you aware of the NDIA Mental Health Sector Reference Group (NMHSRG)?
This group provides expert advice from a cross section of the mental health sector to the NDIA about the progressive integration of psychosocial disability into the Scheme.
They have so far met four times, and their reports are on the NDIS website;

Specialist Disability Accommodation Pricing and Payments Framework Open Consultations

Some Australians living with disability require access to Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) in order to best meet their needs. This may be due to physical needs, or requiring high levels of support.
From July 1 2016, eligible participants requiring access to SDA will have funding included in their plan to cover any disability-related housing costs that are above the ordinary costs of housing. This contribution towards SDA expenses is referred to as 'user cost of capital'.

The Specialist Disability Accommodation Pricing and Payments Framework is available

Specialist Disability Accommodation Pricing and Payments Framework (the Framework) was endorsed by the Disability Reform Council in November 2015.

Mental Health Coalition encourages you to register your interest in being part of these consultations by emailing your details to (link sends e-mail).

Those who have registered their interest will receive information on consultations near you, including instructions on how to book online. This information will also be made available on the NDIS website so please check back regularly.



Mental health services – In brief 2015

A new report Mental health services – In brief 2015 was released on 16 December 2015, the NTMHC has limited copies.  The report is a copy companion document to the Mental health services in Australia website authored by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
The Coalition office has a limited number of copies, if you would like a copy please give Belinda a ring on 89 48 2246.
The report can be downloaded for free by clicking here.
Printed copies can be ordered through the Institute's website at a cost of $16 per report -
If you have queries regarding the publication, please contact Gary Hanson on (02) 6244 1052 or via email,

Implementing Routine Outcomes Measurement in Community Managed Organisations, guidebook

The Coalition did a mail out of the guidebook before Christmas.
If you would like more copies please contact our office on 89 482246.

Conferences & Workshops


Mental Health Association of Central Australia (MHACA)

Mental Health Association of Central Australia (MHACA) is offering a range of accredited, targeted and bespoke training courses to organisations, professionals and community members. Please click on the calendar link to see what training is available for 2016.

Please click on the calendar link to see what training is available for 2016. Starting mid – 2016. 
MHACA External Training Calendar

VICSERV’S Mental Health Conference, 19th -20th May 2016 - Melbourne

The 2016 VICSERV conference, Towards recovery: hope, innovation, co-design, to be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on the 19 and 20 May.
The Towards recovery conference will focus on how the mental health community is stronger in influencing how services are transformed, and foster optimism and hope, when it is working together.
For further information please go to
Or contact the Conference Team at

National Disability Services (NDS) workshop

‘Costing & Pricing in a NDIS Environment’ – 9th February
Costing and Pricing skill and knowledge is a key area for providers to improve business practices to be prepared to operate in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) environment. In partnership with Curtin University NFA Initiative, NDS has developed a practical and integrated Costing and Pricing Learning Program for disability service providers.
NDS and Curtin University NFP Initiative will deliver a one-day seminar in Darwin to introduce finance and managerial staff to basic concepts of costing and pricing within the NDIS environment.
For more information and to register please go to:

NDS publishes report into business confidence of the disability services sector in 2015

NDS has released the Business Confidence of the Disability Services Sector Report 2015 which includes analysis and commentary about business sentiment, and builds on the highlights captured in the NDS State of the Disability Sector Report 2015.

The Business Confidence of the Disability Services Sector Report 2015 is the second in the series to be carried out by BMG Research and published by the NDS Centre for Applied Disability Research. It provides insights into the performance and expectations of 426 NDS member organisations that are preparing for the roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).  

If you want the full story about business confidence in 2015, this publication will be of great interest to you.

The need to monitor business sentiment in the disability services will increase as lessons from trial sites are consolidated and the number of participants benefitting from the NDIS escalates from 30,000 to 460,000 in roll out sites

For further information contact:
Liz Neville, National Manager Sector Development, (03) 8341 4306, or Gordon Duff, General Manager, Sector Development and Research,, (02) 9256 3117 
Mental Health Association Central Australia also offers accredited ASIST and Mental Health First Aid Training.  There are also a range of activities as part of our Day to Day Living program.
Click on the calendar link to see what’s on offer in February 2016
D2DL February 2016 Calendar
If your require any further information please contact MHACA on 8950 4600

Job Opportunities


Programs Manager, Alice Springs

Mental Health Fellowship of Australia (NT), MIFANT is a leading non-profit organisation providing services for people living with a mental illness and their carers and families in the NT.
MIFANT is the NT representative of the nationally recognised organisations: Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia and Mental Health Carers Arafmi Australia and have been providing services in the NT for over 30 years.
MIFANT is currently seeking a motivated, experienced Programs Manager to support a small team in a program providing high quality support for children and young people who are at risk of developing mental health issues. The purpose of this program is to provide early intervention to reduce the likelihood of the development of mental health issues in children and young people.
The Programs Manager will also oversee the established Carer Support Program.
For more information or to request the selection criteria, please call (08) 89 48 1051 or email

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