Objectives, Philosophy, Vision and Mission


The Constitution of the ACT Mental Health Consumer Network defines the Network’s objectives as follows:


3.1    The objectives of the Network are:

3.1.1 to advocate all means to achieve equity and access to better mental health and wellbeing; and

3.1.2 to support the empowerment of consumers to engage in the development, improvement and expansion of mental health and related services in the ACT.

3.2    To achieve these objectives the Network will:

3.2.1      provide an infrastructure for maximising consumer participation in the development of mental health policy, planning, decision-making, service delivery and evaluation;

3.2.2      facilitate the provision of a range of fora for developing and representing the unique consumer voice;

3.2.3      disseminate information and use other strategies aimed at enhancing recognition of and respect for rights and overcoming stigma and discrimination; and

3.2.4      undertake other actions as appropriate.

The Network works on a rights-based philosophy emphasising the right of mental health consumers to receive adequate services on an equitable footing with other health consumers, as well as acknowledging the violation of human rights involved in the provision of many mental health services, especially concerning involuntary treatment.

The Network’s vision and mission as expressed in the current strategic plan are as follows:


More recovery for more people


With us not to us - facilitating an environment of collaboration and mutual respect within the mental health sector wherein mental health consumers are empowered to represent, advocate and engage in policy dialogue.