The Living Well: mental health across the lifespan conference early bird rates close on 28th March 2012. There are a limited number of free places for people with a lived experience of mental illness and carers.

The NSW Partners in Mental Health (Mental Health Association NSW; Mental Health Carers NSW ARAFMI; NSW Consumers Advisory Group Mental Health Inc.) would like to invite yourself and your colleagues, friends and family to our Living Well: mental health across the lifespan conference, taking place between 2-3 May 2012.

Living Well is a conference being held to connect people who are living with a mental health challenges, mental health professionals, service providers, carers of people with mental illness, and those who are simply interested in mental health and wellbeing.

The conference will focus on the mental health issues which are most common across the lifespan; those often faced by children, adolescents, young adults, adults, and seniors. Some challenges will be specific to one particular age group, whilst others are shared across all three.

It is our aim to present speakers who will convey the latest Australian thinking and initiatives in mental health and wellbeing and to assemble the most informed movers and shakers who are either working with, or living with mental illness. We are thrilled to have international rugby player Clyde Rathbone as a speaker. Clyde recently went public with his experience of living with long term depression and how he has dealt with that while maintaining an active and high profile life.

Registration costs vary for those who are fully waged, or student / concession holders.

We are also able to offer a limited number of free places to people who experience mental illness, or carers of people who have a mental illness.   Early bird rates close on 28th March 2012.

Living Well Conference 

Conference:  LIVING WELL - mental health across the lifespan  2 - 3 May 2012.


View the Conference Brochure


Past Events

Come meet NSW CAG at our Mental Health Month stalls

As part of Mental Health Month, NSW CAG will be holding a stall at three events to meet and greet with members of the community.

Mental Health Month is part of a national mental health promotion campaign held in October each year and is funded by NSW Health. Its main aim is to promote social and emotional wellbeing to people in NSW by encouraging people to take better care of their health and mental health, and by improving people's mental health literacy.

The theme for this year's Mental Health Month is ‘Wellbeing: Invest in Your Life', which promotes a holistic view of health and wellbeing. It recognises that a person's overall health encompasses a number of dimensions, such as mental health, physical health, social health and spiritual health, and that all of these should be looked after to enable the person to live a happy and fulfilling life.

NSW CAG will be holding a stall at the following events:

Wednesday 5 October  Church Street Mall, Parramatta, 11am to 2.30pm
Friday 7 October at Martin Place, Sydney, 10am to 2pm
Thursday 13 October at Miller Square, 11am-2pm

Please come see us and say hello!

For more information contact Ka Ki Ng, Policy Officer on 9332 0216

NSW CAG Recovery in Art Exhibition - paint - draw - sculpture - photograph - create - recover

As part of the celebration and promotion of Mental Health Month in October NSW CAG is hosting a unique and exciting exhibition depicting your recovery experiences in art.

NSW CAG would like to invite you to the official opening of the exhibition.

For more information go to

2011 Minister's XI Cricket Match

Schizophrenia Fellowship, Aftercare, NSW Health and NSW Consumer Advisory Group would like to invite you to the 2011 Minister's XI Cricket Match.

Date: Sunday 16 October 2011
Time: 10am
Venue: Petersham Oval, West Street, Petersham NSW 2049

For more information click here click here .

NSW CAG 2011 AGM Invitation

Date: Monday 31st October 2011
Time: 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm
Venue: The Bayview Boulevard, Stanley Room, Level 2, 90 William Street, East Sydney 2011

Come and listen to our guest speaker Mary O'Hagan!

Mary is an international consultant in trauma informed care, mental health recovery and wellbeing. Mary has held various advocacy, advisory, provision, funding, consultancy and commissioner roles at the local, national and international levels over the past 25 years. Mary is an international leader in the development of a recovery approach in mental health services.

To read more about Mary O'Hagan go to

RSVP to Cecilia Rais on 9332 0200 or by no later than Monday 17th October 2011

For more information click here.


NSW CAG 2010 Recovery Forum: Moving Forward Towards Recovery

On the 18 th November 2010, NSW Consumer Advisory Group - Mental Health held its second Recovery Forum at the Mecure Hotel, Sydney.  The forum was attended by 65 stakeholders in mental health, including consumers, carers, service providers, clinicians, academics, researchers and representatives from NSW Health.

The theme of the forum was Moving Forward Towards Recovery , and the aim was to build upon the concepts and ideas that came out of the 2009 Recovery Forum.   A particular focus was on the way that Recovery concepts could be implemented practically and play a stronger role in service provision.  

During the morning session, Senior Policy Officer, NSW CAG Rebecca Doyle laid the groundwork for the day by presenting on the issues and outcomes of the 2009 Recovery Forum.

From this point, the attendees moved onto one of 7 discussion tables.  Each table focused on a specific theme which had been identified as an issue at the first NSW CAG recovery forum, held in 2009. The discussion themes:

  1. Measuring Recovery
  2. Implementing Cultural Change
  3. Policy Change  
  4. Community Awareness
  5. From the Medical to the Recovery Model
  6. Risk Management and Recovery  
  7. Consumer Participation

These themes were explored through a number of mediums, allowing participants to express their ideas and views through various creative means including painting and sculpture, in addition to brainstorming and writing up ideas on butchers' paper.

The outcomes of these table discussions were then shared with the whole group incorporating the views and experiences of all attendees, with valuable contributions made from each table.

Most participants found the day an excellent way to contribute to this next stage in moving forward towards recovery . We envisage, that due to the success of this and last years' forums, the NSW CAG 2011 next Recovery Forum will definitely require a larger venue to accommodate the anticipated interest in participation.

As mentioned above, this year's forum build on the issues raised at NSW CAG's  first Recovery Forum which was held on the 10 December 2009. The goal of the inaugural recovery forum was to begin this process of progressing recovery oriented service provision in NSW.

The first forum was facilitated by Helen Glover, an internationally renowned professional trainer in the concepts of recovery based service provision within mental health service delivery, who also has the lived experience of mental illness.

As part of the 2009 Recovery Forum proceedings, an interview with Helen Glover was conducted  by Karen Oakley (Executive Officer, NSWCAG).  This interview served the purpose of setting the tone of the day, highlighting the importance of delivering recovery oriented service provision in mental health services. This interview can be viewed on line at . Please note that the video is available in 4 sections, which need to be viewed in order.

The NSW CAG 2009 Recovery Forum Outcomes Paper  is available at



Minister's XI Annual Cricket Match

The Schizophrenia Fellowship, Aftercare and the NSW Consumer Advisory Group invite their skateholders, members and friends to the Minister's XI Annual Cricket Match, which will be held on Sunday 24th October 2010, commencing at 10.00am at Petersham Oval, West Street, Petersham NSW 2049.

For more information about this event click here click here .

Minister's XI Annual Cricket Match

It was another exciting and fun day at the Minister's XI Annual Cricket Match held on 16th November. The cricket match is something we all look forward to each year. With a history of 11 years, the cricket match is a jointly coordinated effort by NSW Consumer Advisory Group - Mental Health Inc., the Schizophrenia Fellowship and Aftercare. It is a wonderful opportunity for celebrating awareness of mental health. We were grateful to have the Hon. Barbara Perry, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Mental Health) join us to present certificates to all players, awards to the best batsman, best bowler, best fielder and the most valuable player from each team, as well as to present the perpetual trophy to the winning team.

Big congratulations to the combined team from Pioneer Clubhouse with the Schizophrenia Fellowship, and the Morisset FLAMES group for their victory this year. The competition was strong from Aftercare. We hope that everyone is training hard for the next match in 2009.


Minister Perry and the winning team

Launch of the Resource Centre

NSW CAG, the Mental Health Association NSW (MHA) and the Association for the Relatives and Friends of the Mentally Ill NSW (ARAFMI) have collaborated on a joint Mental Health Resource Centre. The Centre is located at our shared offices at Suite 501, 80 William Street. The Centre houses a range of resources related to mental illness, and is available to the public for use and borrowing.

The Centre was opened by the Honorable Paul Lynch, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Mental Health) on 12th December 2007.

The Minister formally opens the Mental Health Resource Centre

Opening of the William Street office

In September 2006, NSW CAG, ARAFMI and MHA moved in to their new premises at Suite 501, 80 William Street. The move to co-locate the three organisations stemmed from an idea during a Project meeting in 2003 between the organisations that they would like to work more closely together, and be located in the community where we felt we belonged. After much work to secure joint funding, find a suitable location, and arrange the fit out, the three organisations finally moved in together in September 2006. The offices were formally opened on 15th March 2007 by the Hon. Cherie Burton, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Mental Health).


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