Get Involved in Mental Health Advocacy!

Carers Voice is a program for mental health carers to inform service delivery and policy development in the ACT. We do this through supporting to carers in; 

See below for our upcoming events and opportunities to influence change in the mental health system!

Carers ACT 2016 Mental Health Forum

"Are we there yet?" Untangling the changes to mental health in Australia

Our 2016 forum “Are we there yet?” shall focus on bringing order and clarity to the many changes that are occurring in the mental health sector in the ACT and nationally. We shall endeavour to sketch where Australia is likely heading with current reforms and what still needs to be done. 

We are delighted to welcome Ms Janet Hopkins, senior consultant at ConNetica as facilitator and guest speakers; Mr Frank Quinlan (CEO Mental Health Australia), Ms Katrina Bracher (Executive Director ACT Health), Mr Ken Baker (National Disability Services) and Dr Bridianne O'Dea (Researcher Black Dog Institute)

The four topics of the session are:

  • National reform

  • NDIS and psychosocial disability

  • ACT Health and stepped-care

  • What do we want our mental health system to look like anyway?

Following a break for lunch, we shall be engaging in a large question and answer session with the guest speakers and further expertise from the mental health space including: Simon Viereck (Mental Health Community Coalition), Dee McGrath (CEO Carers ACT), Gaylene Coulton (CEO Capital Health Network) and Michelle Banfield (Research Fellow National Institute for Mental Health Research)

We look forward to seeing you there! 

Date //     Wednesday 6 July
Time //    10:00am - 2:30pm
Venue //  ANU Commons, Corner Rimmer and Kingsley St Canberra
Cost //     $10 Carers / Supporters, $25 Mental Health Sector Workers (lunch and morning tea provided)  
RSVP //  By Wed 27 June. Click here to book on Eventbrite. For information email or call 6296 9936 for more information.

Mental Health Carer Drop In

Mental Health Carers are invited to join us for some lively discussion over a biscuit and a cuppa. Held on the last Friday of each month these sessions:

* Focus on a different topic each month * Talk about the NDIS and raise any questions or concerns * Are driven by carers’ interests and concerns

Discussion Topic: The importance of consumer and carer voices in mental health systemic advocacy

Date //    Friday 29 July
Time //    2.30pm - 4.00pm
Venue //  Carers ACT, 80 Beaurepaire Cres, Holt
Cost //     FREE (afternoon tea provided)
No RSVP required // Contact or 6296 9936 for more information. Click here for the flyer.

Consumer and Carer Views Wanted for ANU Research


ACACIA: THe ACT consumer & Carer Mental Health Unit at ANU are seeking Mental Health Consumers and Carers to be interviewed as part of a research project examining how mental health stories can be ethically told, considering both consumer and carer perspectives. A $20 gift voucher is being offered to those who participate in the study. For more information or to express your interest email Click here to read the flyer

Carers Voice Online SANE June Forum


Each month SANE runs an online forum for people to contribute to discussion about a range of mental health topics, often with guest speakers from key organisations.

Topic Tuesday: Building and Maintaining Hope

This month our speical guest from Eating Disorders Victoria will talk about building and maintaining hope for the person you care for. More information will be posted on the site closer to the date.

Date //     Tuesday 28 June
Time //    7:00pm onwards
Go to //   Carers Voice SANE forum by clicking here. Register for the event  here.

Carer Representative Opportunities

Would you like to volunteer your time by working directly with ACT Health to get mental health carers issues heard?

Our Carer Representative program is a group of dedicated volunteers with mental health caring experience that sit on ongoing committees or short term working groups working on various aspects of mental health. We receive invitations from ACT Health for passionate carers who are looking to get to the heart of the systemic issues and work to improve ACT Mental health care for carers. 

A number of opportunities have become available for mental health carers to sit on committees and speak up on carers issues!
  • ACT Health, Reducing Aggression Steering Committee
  • Adult Mental Health Unit, Consumer and Carer Feedback Quality Committee
Contact Sarah at for more information about these roles and responsibilities.


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