About Us

Goals and Objectives

Promoting effective community-based mental health care and recovery

Community Mental Health Australia (CMHA) works with all levels of government, community groups and other interested stakeholders to promote better mental health throughout Australia, based on a philosophy of recovery and inclusion within the community.

Primary goals of Community Mental Health Australia (CMHA)

The over-riding goals of CMHA are: To build a viable and sustainable community-managed mental health sector across Australia To promote the value and outcomes delivered by community-managed mental health services, based on a philosophy of recovery and social inclusion

Objectives of Community Mental Health Australia

At national, state and local levels, CMHA seeks to:

  • Increase understanding of the value of community mental health programs
  • Establish a better understanding of community mental health programs, recovery services and consumer and carer groups supported by not-for-profit and non-government agencies
  • Expand recovery options within the community
  • Expand the range of options available to enable people with a mental illness to recover in their own homes and communities
  • Influence government decision-making
  • Influence government decision-making related to mental health and other key social justice and social inclusion issues
  • Improve funding for community-managed mental health services
  • Increase the ratio of mental health funding allocated to support quality community-managed mental health services and recovery programs
  • Improve capacity of the community mental health sector
  • Promote and strengthen the capacity of the community mental health sector across Australia
  • Foster effective partnerships to achieve shared goals
  • Establish effective partnerships with stakeholders to achieve shared mental health reform goals
  • Share knowledge and resources more effectively
  • Share the combined knowledge, resources and capacities of the State and Territory community mental health services
  • Drive innovation, based on recovery and inclusion
  • Drive innovation and promote new models and programs based on recovery and social inclusion
  • Work together to provide leadership and advocacy
  • Work together to build unity and enable coalition members to be effective in their individual and collective leadership and advocacy roles