Mental health services
Below are the main providers of mental health services around Australia, transcultural mental health programs, multicultural psychosocial recovery-oriented services and specialist refugee support.
Select from the following:
- National services and agencies
- Australian Capital Territory
- New South Wales
- Northern Territory
- South Australia
- Western Australia
National services and agencies
Funded by the Australian Government, Department of Health and Aging (DoHA):
- Mental health programs
- Suicide prevention - LIFE: Living is for Everyone
- National mental health consumer and carer participation bodies
Mental health services funded by the Australian Government, Families and Housing (FAHCSIA) including:
- Personal Helpers and Mentors
Aims to provide increased opportunities for recovery for people whose lives are severely affected by mental illness. The services help participants to better manage their daily activities and reconnect to their community.
- Mental Health Respite: Carer Support
Aims to provide a range of flexible respite options to carers of people with mental illness or intellectual disability.
- Family Mental Health Support Services
Aims to provide support to families, children and young people affected by mental illness through a diverse range of services targeting prevention and early intervention
Funded by the Australian Government:
- Carer Gateway
Carer Gateway is a national online and phone service that provides practical information and resources to support carers. The interactive service finder helps carers connect to local support services.
- National Mental Health Commission
- Forum of Australian Services for Survivors of Torture and Trauma (FASSTT). FASSTT is a national coalition of organisations that respond to the needs of survivors of torture and trauma who have come to Australia from overseas. There is an agency in each state and territory of Australia, see below for more information.
- Carers Australia
- National Disability Alliance (NEDA) advocates for the rights and interests of people, from culturally diverse backgrounds, with a disability, families and carers throughout Australia.
State and territory services and agencies
Australian Capital Territory
- ACT Government, Health Directorate, Mental Health
- Companion House, Assisting Survivors of Torture and Trauma
New South Wales
- NSW Government Health, Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Services
- Mental Health Commission of New South Wales
- Transcultural Mental Health Centre (TMHC). A state-wide service that promotes access to mental health services for people of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, provides clinical consultation and assessment, mental health promotion, develops resources and provides education and training.
- Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors, STARTTS
- Northern Territory, Mental Health
- Multicultural Council of the Northern Territory (MCNT). Provides information and advice about multicultural issues.
- Queensland Health, Mental Health
- Queensland Transcultural Mental Health Centre (QTMHC).The Queensland Transcultural Mental Health Centre (QTMHC) is a state-wide service which provides an information, referral, resource and clinical consultation service.
- Queensland Program of Assistance to Survivors of Torture and Trauma (QPASTT)
- SA Health, Mental Health Services
- Survivors of Torture and Trauma Assistance and Rehabilitation Service, STTARS
- Relationships Australia: South Australia
- Phoenix Centre. A program within the Migrant Resource Centre offering specialist services for survivors of torture and trauma.
- Victorian Mental Health Services
- Victorian Transcultural Mental Health (VTMH) (formerly the Victorian Transcultural Psychiatry Unit (VTPU)). A state-wide unit which supports clinical mental health services and psychiatric disability support services in working with culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) consumers and carers throughout Victoria. Includes an enquiry service for practitioners, service and community development, education, consumer and carer participation programs.
- Foundation House, Foundation for Survivors of Trauma and Torture
- Action on Disability in Ethnic Communities (ADEC)
- Centre for Culture Ethnicity and Health (CEH)
- Government of WA, Mental Health Commission
- WA Transcultural Mental Health Services (WATMHS) is a state-wide specialist service, based at Royal Perth Hospital. Adopting a community development and capacity building approach in its work with a diverse range of ethnic communities, WATMHS is specifically funded to address the special mental health needs of WA’s culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities. Apart from its direct clinical service component, WATMHS offers highly specialised workshops and seminars to mental health service providers. For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Association for Services to Torture and Trauma Survivors (ASeTTS)