Mental Health care under the microscope

In July, the Upper House established a public inquiry reviewing the equity, accessibility and appropriate delivery of outpatient and community mental health care in NSW.  

The Committee intends to examine outpatient and community mental health services from the perspective of patients and carers, the benefits and risks associated with online and telehealth services and the capacity of state and other community health services, including in rural, regional, and remote NSW.   

Greens Member and Committee Chair, Dr Amanda Cohn MLC, said the Committee would examine the accessibility and cultural safety of mental health services, including for First Nations people, CALD communities, LGBTQIA+ people, young people and people with disabilities, as well as the appropriate and efficient allocation of mental health care workers. 

Individual healthcare experiences will inform the Committee's approach to the equity, accessibility and delivery of outpatient and community mental health care in New South Wales. The Committee is open to submissions from interested individuals, stakeholders, and community members, and the Committee is to hold hearings and site visits later in the year.  

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, 6 September 2023. ASMOF NSW intends to make a submission to the Public Inquiry.  


Should you wish to offer feedback to ASMOF to inform our submission, please email [email protected], using the subject line "Mental Health Inquiry," by 30 August 2023.