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The NT Mental Health Coalition Board and Staff
wish you a very safe and Happy Christmas and New Year!
Annual General Meeting - 2021
On Thursday 29th November, the Coalition held their Annual General Meeting at the Adina Apartment Hotel. More than twenty members and guests attended, along with Mary Williams, Larrakia Elder who presented the Welcome to Country. We were also fortunate to hear from guest speakers Dr Leanne Bagley, CEO, Mental Health Australia and Mr Jesse Chamberlain, Support Worker at TeamHEALTH. Special thanks to Leanne and Jesse who provided insights from a local perspective and that on a national level.
In the absence of the Coalition’s Chair, Judy Davis, the meeting was chaired by Deputy Chair Anne Gawen. Anne extended a warm thanks to those attending as well as the Coalition’s gratitude to the outgoing board members, Merrilee Cox, Treasurer and Michael Soler, Ordinary Member for their time and commitment to the Coalition.
All Board positions were declared vacant, and seven board nominations were received, and elected as follows:
  • Chairperson: Anne Gawen
  • Vice Chairperson: Judy Davis
  • Treasurer: Jade Gooding
  • Secretary: Paul Royce
  • Ordinary Member: Lorraine Davies
  • Ordinary Member: Dira Horne
  • Ordinary Member: Helen Day
Congratulations to the new Board.

Northern Territory Disability Strategy Consultation Launch 
Extension for NT disability strategy submissions - closes 31/12/21

How to have your say:
Your experiences, values and ideas will inform the development of the Strategy.

You can have your say by:
  • completing the Northern Territory Disability Strategy Survey
  • uploading a written submission to the discussion paper
  • sharing your ideas with members of the NT Disability Strategy Oversight Group and Working Groups (External link)
  • attending an NT Disability Strategy workshop (External link)
  • contacting the Office of Disability at (External link) or (08) 8999 2445.
You can ask for help to give your feedback by contacting:

Darwin Community Legal Services (Top End)
Tel: (08) 8982 1111 or 1800 812 953 (free call).
Disability Advocacy Services (Central Australia)
Tel: (08) 8953 1422
Please provide your input by 31 December 2021
More information the Northern Territory Disability Strategy is available on the Office of Disability consultation webpage. or 

Are you living with Psychosocial Disability?
The NT Workforce Project is raising the capacity of people with lived experience in Mental Health to complete vocational education and training in the community services sector through a supportive study and work placement arrangement.
For more information on the NT Workforce Project and course information please see flyer or email   

Mental Health Association of Central Australia
Pathways To Recovery
MHACA offers a range of services which aim to promote recovery and facilitate wellness for people living with mental illness or going through mental distress.
Pathways To Recovery is a program of MHACA and can provide one on one support to individuals to develop a recovery plan and to achieve goals through supported skills development. A range of therapeutic group activities are available which are focused on educational pursuits, personal development, living skills and include recreational outings.
The Drop-in Centre at MHACA is a welcoming space with comfy lounges, internet access, laundry and bathroom facilities and provides opportunities to socialise with others. Pathways To Recovery provides services to community members with and without a NDIS Plan.

Participants must have a diagnosed mental illness to access MHACA services. Referrals are accepted from GP’s, service providers or people can self-refer. Download the MHACA Referral Form and to book an intake interview call 8950 4600 or email   

Deakin University
National Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
Strategic Action Plan Evaluation

Deakin University are currently reviewing the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Strategic Action Plan (2018-2028) and want to hear the experiences of those healthcare workers, service providers, and researchers that are proposed to benefit from this Plan.
All responses are welcome, regardless of whether you have received a lot of information, or no information at all, about the FASD Strategic Action Plan. We are interested in your views as an individual, not your views as part of an organisation, regarding the implementation of the FASD Strategic Action Plan so far. This will allow us to determine what aspects of the Plan have been impactful, and what areas need greater focus moving forward.
This online survey is completely voluntary and anonymous and should only take 5-10 minutes to complete. Your choice to participate or not will not impact on your relationship with any organisation or with Deakin University.
This study has received Deakin University ethics approval (reference number: HEAG-H 197_2021). If you are interested in taking part in this survey, please visit this link      
This will take you to the Plain Language Statement for this research project, which will provide more detail about what is involved in this study. You can then decide whether you would like to take part in the survey. You can also go into the draw to win 1 of 10 $50 Coles
e-vouchers upon completion of the survey.
If you have any questions after reading the Plain Language Statement, please do not hesitate to contact the research team as they are more than happy to answer any queries. Dr Dominique de Andrade:     


iTALK Studios
Parents under Pressure Program
‘Children need to feel safe and loved by those around them. Parents, family, and community can make this happen, but sometimes things get in the way when parents feel under pressure.’
‘Sometimes adults forget their children need to be noticed and family arguments can leave people feeling angry and upset.’
‘This can leave children feeling unsafe and alone, even though their parents, uncles and aunties and other people are around.’
Three Parents under Pressure animations are stories that show how children are affected by what we do and have been co-designed by the Intensive Family Support Team, Central Australian Aboriginal Congress, the Parents under Pressure program developers based at Griffith University, Healing Circle Psychology, Darwin and italk Studios, Alice Springs.
You can watch the animations here

Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia NT
Formerly Pete’s Place, Mi Place is a drop-in centre for people living with a mental illness, located on Bagot Road, Coconut Grove and everyone is welcome to drop in for a cuppa and a chat.
Mi Place is a fun and safe place to socialise and participate in recreational activities. Mi Place has regular guest speakers to provide information on various topics and lunch is available daily. Activity times vary and it is advisable to check their calendar for times. Members are also able to complete a personal development plan with a member of staff to identify and work towards their goals.
Participants are registered members rather than clients whereby each member is a valued and needed contributor. Active membership can provide a sense of fulfilment and belonging, it can also improve your self-esteem and social skills and increase your employment skills and connection to the community.
Mi Place does not provide clinical services – members are encouraged and supported to seek treatment from the mental health and medical services in the community.
To participate in MIFANT’s additional programs, becoming a member is free (speak to a staff member). Hours: Open between 9:30am-1pm, Monday to Friday

To ensure members benefit from their services and to assist with catering they request attendance prior to 10am if you intend to stay for lunch.

More information can be found here



Anglicare NT
ASIST Workshops - Darwin & Katherine
The two-day LivingWorks Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) trains participants in practical skills to support suicide intervention.
  • You will be emailed an invoice for the workshop once you have registered.
  • Full attendance for the entire two days of the ASIST workshop is essential.
  • The ASIST workshop is supported by the NT Government.
Please contact Tricia Maling on or phone 8946 4800 if you have any questions about the ASIST course. More information can be found here


Mental Health Australia
Grace Groom Memorial Oration
8 December 2021 - Canberra

In this week's CEO Update, read about Julia Gillard's Grace Groom Memorial Oration plus the latest news on mental health.

Here are some highlights from the Grace Groom Memorial Oration, made by Beyond Blue chair and former Prime Minister, Julia Gillard. Watch here

You can also view the full Oration on YouTube.


National Mental Health Commission

NARI - National Mental Health Commission Project
A scoping study to identify key issues for the mental health of older people.
This project is funded by the National Mental Health Commission and seeks to understand the key issues for older adults with mental illness and their carers in terms of aged care and mental health services policy and practice. They are currently recruiting nationally for the following participants to explore the issues facing older people living with mental illness and/or their carers, what really matters to older people in relation to mental health and wellbeing, gaps in current practices/policies, and importantly areas of improvement to better support the mental health and wellbeing of older people.
1. Focus Groups (time commitment ~1.5hrs) 
  • Persons over the age of 65 living in the community, or residential aged care-no requirement of having experience on mental health problems, simply members of the general population. Please note that groups that might experience premature ageing can be included if 50+ (see flyers) (Participants will receive a $40 gift card for their participations) 
  • Family or friend carers of older person living with mental health problems and using mental health services  (Participants will receive a $40 gift card)
 Please see flyer for more information
2. Individual interviews (Time commitment 40-60 minutes)
  • Persons over the age of 65 (or 50 if experiencing premature ageing-see flyer) who have a lived experience of mental illness and have used mental health services in the past 12 months (participants will receive a $75 gift card)
Please see flyer for more information
Focus groups and interviews will mostly be conducted online using ZOOM or similar and they are planning to conduct these activities over the next 6 weeks. The findings from this study will assist the National Mental Health Commission in its work to improve the mental health of older Australians.


TeamTALK is a free support service, where any Territorian can quickly access an experienced, locally based mental health recovery professional for a judgement free, confidential chat. You can call them, chat online, or even have a video catch up.

You may want to access TeamTALK if:

  • You don’t have many people or anyone you can talk to; you feel disconnected and isolated
  • You simply want a neutral and confidential ‘sounding board’ to discuss some of your concerns, such as loss of job, business or other.
  • You feel that you are increasingly stressed, and at risk of mental illness or relapsing
  • You want some assistance navigating local support services
  • You don’t need to have a mental illness, either now or in the past, to access TeamTALK. This is a service for everyone - get in touch today.

TeamTALK is available 7 days a week

Weekdays 9am till 8pm, and weekends 12pm till 8pm  - Find more information here


Australian Human Rights Commission
Human Rights Awards 2021
The Australian Human Rights Commission is proud to announce the winners of the 2021 Human Rights Awards, recognising the outstanding human rights achievements of individuals and organisations across the country.

This year, the awards took on a new and streamlined format across three categories: the Human Rights Medal, the Young People’s Medal and Community Human Rights Champion.

The winners are:

Human Rights Medal: Professor Larissa Behrendt AO
Young People’s Medal: Chanel Contos
Community Human Rights Champion: PlateitForward

“After a year of global challenges, it is important we acknowledge the contribution of individuals and organisations in promoting and protecting human rights and freedoms in Australia,” said Commission President, Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM.

For more information about the Human Rights Awards and the three categories, visit

The full list of finalists is available here

Australian Institute of Health & Welfare (AIHW)
New AIHW releases: Suicide and Self-harm monitoring website
Please Note: This notification release contains information some readers may find distressing as it refers to data about suicide and self-harm.
The reporting of suicide and self-harm statistics and information on the AIHW website represents only one part of the National Suicide and Self-harm Monitoring Project. The web-based format for Suicide and self-harm monitoring includes interactive data visualisations and geospatial mapping to illustrate and explore the statistics as well as text to assist with their interpretation and clarification of the limitations of the data.
The National Mental Health Commission is responsible for providing independent policy advice on ways to improve the suicide prevention system. They have published a contextual analysis about this data release, and it is available on the Life in Mind Australia website here: AIHW National Suicide and Self-harm Monitoring System
December 2021 data releases - News - Life in Mind Australia

Australian Indigenous Health Bulletin
The Healing Foundation (2021)
Improving the social and emotional wellbeing of First Nations children
Vol 21 No 4, October 2021 – December 2021
Canberra, ACT: The Healing Foundation

These resources aim to improve social and emotional wellbeing outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, so they grow up culturally strong, healthy,
happy, and safe.

The resources were also developed to give service providers and parents tools to understand the impacts of intergenerational trauma and reframe the narrative towards intergenerational healing for children at all stages of their development. Read more here
Generational Strategy Senior Policy Officer
Darwin or Alice Springs
Part Time
Click for details

Psychological Services Manager/ Senior Clinician
Full Time
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The Northern Territory Mental Health Coalition is the peak body for community mental health and well-being. We represent NT community managed mental health organisations.

We work in collaboration with a wide network of organisations, people with lived experience, their families and supporters across the Northern Territory.

We work at both a national and local level to improve a national and local level to improve the mental health and well being of Territorians.
As a member of the Northern Territory Mental Health Coalition, you commit to supporting NTMHC’s purpose.
Would you like to be a member of the Northern Territory Mental Health Coalition? As a member, you become part of a larger voice within the mental health sector across the Northern Territory.
Office Location: 7/18 Bauhinia Street,
Nightcliff Community Centre,
Nightcliff NT 0810
Postal Address: PO BOX 157,
Nightcliff NT 0814
Phone: (08) 8948 2246
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