About Us

Who We Are

Community Mental Health Australia (CMHA) is a coalition of the eight peak community mental health organisations from each State and Territory and was established to provide leadership and direction to promote the importance and benefits of community mental health and recovery services across Australia.

CMHA provides a unified voice for over 800 community-based, non-government organisations who work with mental health consumers and carers across the nation and who are members of, or affiliated with, the various coalition members.

Coalition members of Community Mental Health Australia

Representing the peak community mental health organisations from each State and Territory to find out more

Mental Health Coalition of South Australia View State
Mental Health Community Coalition of the ACT View State
Mental Health Coordinating Council NSW View State
Mental Health Council of Tasmania View State
Northern Territory Mental Health Coalition View State
Psychiatric Disability Services of Victoria (VICSERV) View State
Queensland Alliance for Mental Health View State
Western Australian Association for Mental Health View State

Taking Our Place

Taking Our Place — Community Mental Health Australia: Working Together to Improve Mental Health in the Community’ provides an understanding of the critical role of not-for-profit, non-government community mental health services — which are delivered in partnership with people affected by ment al illness and public, private and primary health care services — to ensure the economic, social and emotional health and well-being of all Australians.

The primary goals of CMHA are to build a viable and sustainable community managed mental health sector and to promote the value and outcomes delivered by community managed mental health services based on a philosophy of recovery and social inclusion. Taking Our Place has been developed toward achieving these goals.

This publication provides important information about CMHA, the community managed mental health sector and the services it provides, and explains why they are important for achieving social inclusion and recovery outcomes. The positive impacts that community managed mental health services have in the lives of people affected by mental illness are described and specific examples of programs and how they help people are given. Future directions for the CMHA alliance are also considered.

Taking Our Place – Outlines the work of CMHA and the range of services provided to people affected by mental illness by community sector organisations