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Consumer and Carer Engagement Project

Engage and Participate in Mental Health

The National Mental Health Commission is collaborating with mental health experts with a lived experience of mental illness and/or suicidality to co-design a new Consumer and Carer Engagement Project to enhance opportunities for participation. 

The Project Steering Group guides the project and provides advice to the Commission on what we can do together that supports reform implementation.

The Steering Group will examine consumer and carer engagement policies and practices across key parts of the mental health and suicide prevention systems.  Craze Lateral Solutions has been engaged to work with us on this project.

During June, July and August, consumers, carers, families, support people and other stakeholders are invited to share your knowledge and experience through our consultation.

The consultation has attracted over 800 people to share their valuable experiences about consumer and carer engagement and participation. Read about a community conversation held by Connections Inc. in Caboolture by clicking on this link to our e-news update.

The consultation closes 31 August 2017.

The project is chaired by Commissioner Jackie Crowe.


South Australia - Margaret Springgay Tasmania - Lynette Pearce
Victoria  - Julie Anderson Northern Territory -  Phil Dempster
Australian Capital Territory - Rebecca Randall New South Wales - Peri O’Shea
Queensland - Helen Glover Western Australia - Louise Howe
Culturally and linguistically diverse - Vicki Katsifis Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander - Leilani Darwin
Youth - Samuel Hockey National Mental Health Commissioner – Jackie Crowe (Chair)
Suicide Prevention Australia – Tracy McCown National Mental Consumer and Carer Forum – Lyn English, Eileen McDonald
Private Mental Health Consumer and Carer Network – Janne McMahon, Patrick Hardwick National Mental Health Commission – Peggy Brown, Trinette Kinsman
Mental Health Australia – Kylie Wake (Observer)  



17 January 2017

16 March 2017

Steering Group

Image: Steering Group members at 17 January 2017 meeting

The wordcloud below shows the Steering Group's view of consumer and carer participation and engagement and what it means to us.Consumer And Carer Participation And Engagement

Image: Consumer and carer participation and engagement


"Even the most disadvantaged Australians should be able to lead a 'contributing life,' whatever that means for them and this simple goal will be our touchstone and yardstick."

Chair Prof Allan Fels AO
National Mental Health Commission

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