Responses and Submissions

Joint Submission to Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs Accessibility and Quality of Mental Health Services in Rural and Remote Australia, May 2018
The Northern Territory Mental Health Coalition (the Coalition) and the Queensland Alliance for Mental Health (QAMH) have made a joint submission regarding the sustainability and quality of adequate mental health services in rural and remote communities throughout Queensland and the Northern Territory.

NT Mental Health Coalition submission to the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory October 2016. To download click here

The Coalition has responded to issues on behalf of our members. View below:

Community Mental Health Australia Submission on the Fifth National Mental Health Plan

The Coalition response to article by Hayley Sorensen, Crunch on Mental Health Services, dated 17.10.2016 with a letter to the editor dated 1.11.2016 followed by an interview with Daryl Manzie, 104.1 Territory FM.


2017 Mental Health Week Community Survey

In 2017 as part of Mental Health Week activities the Mental Health Coalition (Coalition) invited the
Northern Territory Community to provide feedback about their experiences of the mental health
services, programs or the systems in the Territory, as well as people’s perspectives on priority areas
for system improvement, the survey was conducted two ways, face to face and online through the
support of NT Council of Social Services (NTCOSS), Association of Alcohol & Other Drug Agencies
(AADANT) and NT Shelter’s newsletters.

Participants were able to complete either a hard copy version, face to face at the Mental Health
Week Launch in Raintree Park or through an online survey. The responses were collated by the

The Purpose of the survey was to provide community feedback to the Department of Health to assist
and highlight issues within the Community and to support any future planning and decision-making
by the Department.

The survey responses were collated into a report by the Coalition and presented at a meeting of the
Northern Territory Mental Health Coordination Committee in December 2017.

To read the survey report click here


Community Mental Health Australia have completed their 2017-2018 Federal Pre-Budget Submission. The Pre-Budget Submission has been developed in consultation with the States and Territories. The Submission puts forward six defined budget initiatives that are concrete measures to address issues occurring with the various mental health reforms and the NDIS that could be considered for inclusion in the 2017-18 Federal Budget. View the submission here


Don Dale Detention Centre

26/10/2016 The Northern Territory Mental Health Coalition on behalf of its members has submitted a submission to The Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory, the report is now available.

29/07/2016 Young people’s mental health must be the crucial component incorporated into the deliberations of the Royal Commission into child protection and youth detention in the Northern Territory set up by the Prime Minister this week.


Letter from the Health Minister John Elferink 18 May 2016 in response to NTMHC Response to NDIS Bilateral Agreement

Summary response to Stakeholder Considerations NDIA Individual Support Design Report NT

Day to Day Living Program

Independent Review of the NDIS Scheme Act 2013 (Cmth)

Response – Draft Housing Strategy Consultation









Mental health needs community-driven, whole-of-government responses

What do federal government policy initiatives look like when they ‘trickle down’ to individual groups, communities and people? Inevitably they will have different implications in different situations.
A recent roundtable in the remote Northern Territory town of Tennant Creek was convened amidst intersecting policy changes, including those addressing mental health, disability and the delivery of primary care.
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