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National Mental Health Consumer & Carer Forum (NMHCCF)

The NMHCCF has 27 members of which 14 are mental health consumers and 13 are mental health carers. These members comprise:

Original membership included the Australian Mental Health Consumer Network (AMHCN), which ceased operations in 2008. In principle agreement was provided that the former AMHCN representative should remain on the NMHCCF as a consumer representative until the new national consumer organisation is established.


Participation Policy Framework

'It is impossible to overemphasise the importance to mental health consumers and carers of participating in decision making at all levels concerning the mental health services that affect our lives.

We would like to acknowledge the important steps towards consumer and carer participation that have been taken in the last 20 or more years. However, whilst mental health has been the leader for the health sector in this regard, it is also necessary to acknowledge that there is still need for more to be done. The continued commitment and cooperation of consumers, carers, policy makers and health care professionals is absolutely essential.'

Statement on Privacy and Confidentiality

In 2007–08 the NMHCCF conducted a survey entitled Confidentiality and Information Sharing with Families and Carers in Mental Health. The survey results formed the basis of the NMHCCF Privacy and Confidentiality Issues Paper, prepared by research consultants and published in 2009. The Issues Paper is included in this document as it examines the impact of privacy and confidentiality on the experience of consumers and carers in the Australian mental health system. It also identifies examples of best practice and potential solutions and ways forward.

Statement on psychosocial disability

A position statement by the national mental health consumer and carer forum on psychosocial disability associated with mental health conditions.

Guide for 'What you may not know about antipsychotics'

The National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum, together with researchers from Curtin University have launched a Critical Literature Review and accompanying booklet for consumers, families and carers on the direct, adverse effects of neuroleptics (antipsychotics).

Booklet - What you may not know about antipsychotics
A Critical Literature Review of the Direct, Adverse Effects of Neuroleptics
Consumer and Carer Participation Policy: A framework for the mental health sector 
National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum Privacy and Confidentiality Issues Paper 2009
Psychosocial disability brief 
National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum Brochure