NT Mental Health Coalition eBulletin - featuring NDIS News, General News, Events and Conferences, Employment
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2016 - Our last e-bulletin for 2016. Merry Christmas and a Safe New Year. I look forward to connecting with you all again next year.

NT Mental Health Coalition’s (the Coalition) e-bulletin. The Coalition's monthly e-bulletin has updates, news and information related to the Mental Health sector and the Community Managed Mental Health sector.

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In this Edition
CMHA Update
Other News
Events and Conferences



The NDIS quarterly e-newletter.
The quarterly e-newsletter provides updates on activities in the NT, including the scheduling of information sessions. To stay connected to the latest information click here.

Northern Territory Government - news update on the NDIS in the NT.
The Office of Disability has also developed a news letter, the first edition is called NT Transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme, with information on the launch of the NT Quality and Safeguarding Framework on the 4th November. The news update can be found on the Coalition's website. Click here

2016/2017 Price Guide for NDIS service providers.
Pricing for supports/services information is about prices and payments for supports in participant plans. This includes where there are price limits to what the Scheme will pay or benchmarks that are used as a guide. There are difference price guides for remote and very remote service delivery. click here

Community Mental Health Australia (CMHA)

The Community Mental Health Australia (CMHA) is a coalition of eight state and territory peak community mental health organisations. CMHA, through its state and territory bodies, has direct link and contact to mental health organisations delivering services to the community.  The NT Mental Health Coalition is a founding and a board member of the CMHA.

Through the Executive Director, Amanda Bresnan the CMHA has made a submission to the productivity Commission inquiry into competition, contestable and informed user choice in human services the key points and recommendations made in the submission were:
  • There needs to be processes in place to allow people without a decision making capacity to have a assistance.
  • CMHA agrees with the Productivity Commission that high quality data is important in improving the effectiveness of human services. However developing thorough and complete data must be a priority so as not disadvantage a sector due to a lack of data, such as community managed mental health.
  • CMHA would generally support more choice for people who require social housing. However, CMHA would not support this when it comes to people requiring emergency, crisis or homelessness services.
  • Human Services in remote Indigenous communities, introducing ‘more services’ in an area where there are few services already may not achieve the desired outcome. It should be about genuinely working with Indigenous communities and Aboriginal Medical Services to identify gaps and provide a service that is in the best interest of community needs.
  • CMHA would want to ensure that if there is a reform applied to grant-based family and community services that this is about developing a framework in partnership and collaboration and Government performance should be evaluated.
  • CMHA strongly supports the principles of increased user choice and engagement, however competition and contestability are not the only mechanisms to increase consumer choice. The submission can be found on the Productivity Commission website. Click here
The CMHA has now lodged a submission to the Fifth National Mental Health Plan which 
 makes a number of recommendations to re-frame the current version of the Plan. An abstract from the submission. Overall CMHA believes the Plan represents a retrograde step in establishing a vision for the direction of mental health policy in Australia and is concerned that along with the focus of the Primary Health Networks (PHNs) and the direction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), there is an increasing emphasis on the clinical and acute treatment of mental health and a move away from recovery focused community-based mental health services.
The submission is on the Coalition's website. Click here


The Australian Newspaper - 100,000 mental ill lose NDIS cover.
Official modelling shows more than 1000,000 severely mentally ill people who now receive government support will not be included in the $22 billion NDIS, threatening a major health crisis. To read the full story. Click here

Congratulations MHACA - Human Rights Award.
The Suicide Story program received the Northern Territory Tony Fitzgerald Human Rights award for Social Change. For more information about the Suicide Story please call 8950 4600 or visit the MHACA website.

Mission Australia's Youth Report.
Each year young Australians aged 15-19 are asked to ‘speak up’ about the issues that really concern them through an annual Youth Survey, the largest of its kind. This year there were close to 22,000 respondents. To read the full report

Darwin Mental Health Network meetings, hosted by Carers NTis an information sharing and networking opportunity for workers within the Mental Health Sector. The network provides information sharing opportunities and general sector capacity development. For more information contact Noelene Armstrong, Mental Health Coordinator, 1800 242 636.

Expressions of Interest to Participate in CRANAplus Bush Support Services: Collaborative, Engaging and Connected Workplaces Symposium, April 2017, Alice Springs. For more information please contact Colleen Neidermeyer on (07) 4047 6404 or via email

TEAMhealth has moved from Cavenagh Street to Darwin Corporate Park, (Level 1, Building 4) 631 Stuart Highway Berrimah, opposite Harvey Norman and behind Westpac bank.

NT PHN has now moved to Winnellie, 23 Albatross Street. For any further information phone (08) 8982 1067.  For the latest news and information. Click here


Events and Conferences

NTCOSS 2017  - Governance Foundations for Not-for-profit Directors delivered over 3 mornings:
1st March (9am - 12.30pm) Duties and Responsibilities
5th April (9am - 12.30pm) Strategy and Risk
3rd Mary (9am - 12.30pm) Finance
For more information and to register email or phone (08) 8948 2665.


Sunrise Aboriginal Health Service is currently recruiting community members in Bulman, Ngukurr & Minyerri Communities for more information. Click here

Employment opportunities at Catholic Care, for more information. Click here

TEAMhealth, expression of interest position - Casual / Part Time / Short Term Contract Roles. Click here

Anglicare has several positions across the Territory, for more information. Click here


The Coalition acknowledges the NT Department of Health, Mental Health Directorate as well as our corporate partners for their ongoing support.
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