Sector Development

Projects and Initiatives

Developing the Workforce – Community Managed Mental Health Sector National Disability Insurance Scheme Workforce Development Scoping Project

The report was commissioned and funded by the NDIS Sector Development Fund as part of a capacity building project being delivered by Mental Health Australia. The report was designed to assist in identifying the needs of the disability sector, including consumers and providers, to transition to the NDIS environment. Findings from the report form the basis of the capacity building work being undertaken by the project. The report was prepared by Human Capital Alliance (International) Pty Ltd (HCA) in partnership with the Mental Health Coordinating Council NSW (MHCC) on behalf of CMHA. Workforce report download

National Community-Managed Mental Health Sector Organisations Outcome Measurement Project

CMHA collaborated with the Australian Mental Health Outcomes and Classification Network AMHOCN) on a project focussed on the use of outcome measures in mental health related community managed organisations (CMOs) across Australia. The result of that project is a guidebook that offers ecommendatons on tools that can be used by mental health CMOs and useful information on issues to consider when implementing, using and reporting outcome measurement in organisations. The guidebook is available here

National Individual Placement & Support Youth Trial with headspace sites and IPS WORKS

CMHA member the Western Australian Association for Mental Health has been contracted through its IPS WORKS service by the Department of Social Services, to deliver Individual Placement & Support (IPS) fidelity support to new employment services at 14 headspace sites around Australia, in collaboration with CMHA. The IPS service model will be adopted by headspace, with the support of IPS WORKS, to link youth experiencing mental health issues with employers, educational opportunities and the workforce.

Find out more about the IPS youth trial here and subscribe for updates.    

Optimising Support for Psychosocial Disability

CMHA is a project partner to Optimising Support for Psychosocial Disability, a project managed by Mental Health Australia which aims to develop alternative ways to provide support for NDIS participants with psychosocial disability than those currently on offer at this stage of the NDIS rollout.

The project will work with consumers, carers and other experts through a Delphi process to refine a set of alternative typical support packages. The starting point will be existing evidence, including empirical service use and outcomes data held by providers.

By aggregating and analysing existing service level data, two major products will provide an alternative set of policy and procedural reference points for the NDIS which better reflect the needs of participants with psychosocial disability:

1. A list of optimal psychosocial services
2. Appropriate aggregation of these services into typical support packages.

Information on the project is available on the Mental Health Australia project page.

Commonwealth Mental Health Programs Monitoring Project

In partnership, Community Mental Health Australia (CMHA) and The University of Sydney will collate, analyse and report, on data available regarding the transition of Personal Helpers and Mentors (PHaMs), Partners in Recovery (PIR) and Day to Day Living (D2DL) clients to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The project is being funded and supported by the National Mental Health Commission.

A set of broadly representative providers from each of the three programs (PHaMS, D2DL & PIR) across each state and territory will be identified and engaged to provide data as detailed below on a quarterly basis. This will ensure that a consistent, comparable set of data is collected nationally.

Providers will be sourced through the membership of state and territory peaks – noting that the members of CMHA are the peaks and that CMHA is a coalition of these peaks. Efforts will be made to ensure the participating providers are broadly representative and include both metropolitan and regional/rural programs.

The data will be collected quarterly for the 2018-19 period, and reported in publicly available reports. It is envisioned that the first report will be available at the beginning of October 2018.

If you have any questions about the project, please contact Amanda Bresnan, CMHA on 0417 193 407 or