Authors: John McGrath, Des Graham, Carmen Hinkley
Event: 2000 TheMHS Conference
Subject: book of proceedings, Promotion Of Mental Health, Suicide Prevention, Mental Health Council of Australia (MHCA)
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: The Mental Health Council of Australia (MHCA) is the peak, national non-government organisation established to represent and promote the interests of the Australian mental health sector. One of the key ways in which the MHCA progresses its mission of promoting the mental health of all Australians is through the management of Commonwealth projects which impact particularly on information provision and consumer and carer participation. Since the formation of the MHCA secretariat in May 1999, the MCHA has taken on management of the following Commonwealth projects:
- Community Development Project and "The Kit"
- Coordination of National Mental Health Week
- Enhancing Relationships Between Health Professionals and Consumers and Carers project; and
- Carer's of people with a mental illness project.
Whilst these projects are quite diverse, for the MCHA, they are linked by the priority of improving the provision of information to consumers, carers, health professionals and the general community. The MHCA has attempted to address this priority in the aims, processes and outcomes of the projects. This paper will provide an evaluation of the success of these projects in progressing the MHCA's mission.