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The Mental Health Council of Australia

The Mental Health Council of Australia (MHCA) is the peak, national non-government organisation representing and promoting the interests of the Australian mental health sector, committed to achieving better mental health for all Australians. Its mission is to achieve better mental health in Australia through strategic engagement in policy, practice and research.
Pfizer Australia supported MHCA by funding the MHCA Pharma Collaboration. The Collaboration aims to operate under the general guidelines and principles set out in the document Working Together: A Guide for Relationships between Health Consumer Organisations and Pharmaceutical Companies. The MHCA Pharma Collaboration’s mission statement is:“The Pharmaceutical Industry and MHCA working together to support consumers, carers and health professionals to improve the quality of mental health care and outcomes for people with mental health problems by promoting the development and effective implementation of mental health policy.”
The main projects for 2010 were:
  • Quality Use of Medicines Project – to improve health outcomes for individuals living with mental illness by allowing consumers and carers to be more involved in conversations about treatment choice
  • develop an on line portal to provide information for consumers and carers
  • health promotion and illness prevention paper
  • World Mental Health Day - support of a new website to focus on providing information for young people
  • Parliamentary breakfast to support the launch of the Mental Health Carers Report, November. ($25,000 to the MHCA)
Pfizer Australia also attended the fourth Annual Grace Groom Memorial Lecture in Canberra. Grace Groom left an outstanding legacy and her contribution to mental health reform in Australia is recognised each year by this memorial lecture series. ($80)