From the CEO

January 2024

From the CEO

Hello everyone

As we begin 2024, I am looking forward to starting the year by fostering connections among our colleagues and building on the strong foundation we've established last year.

As of January 1, Mind Australia will become One Door Mental Health's sole member, marking the beginning of our journey to enhance services for people living with significant mental health concerns, as well as their families, carers, and supporters across Australia. Mind Australia's diverse organisation, now spanning five states due to the merger, aligns seamlessly with our shared vision to improve mental health and wellbeing for the people we support.

It's been a busy few months since we shared the exciting news of the merger. The response has been overwhelmingly positive, after numerous calls to our funders, stakeholders, and long-time supporters expressing enthusiasm about the opportunities our future brings for the people of NSW.

I'm thrilled to join forces with Gill Callister and the Mind Australia team, working collaboratively as we bring together the One Door and Mind family. I look forward to shaping a positive impact, and providing innovative, evidence-based mental health services for communities nationwide. You can read the full media release about the merger here.

Our collaboration with the Australian Psychosocial Alliance (APA) has yielded exciting results in December in our advocacy efforts for the review into the NDIS. The APA welcomed the final report released by the Government, including recommendations that directly align with solutions proposed in our collaborative submission. This demonstrates the impact and progress we are making together, and it's encouraging to see key recommendations from our report being taken on board for positive change. Read the APA full response here.

I would like to thank once again to our Fellows who attended a successful One Door Fellowship Launch on Friday, December 8th. Although the organisation has transformed over the years, the spirit of fellowship and dedication to enhancing the wellbeing of the people we support is still at the heart of everything we do. If you haven’t signed up yet, I invite you to join us in a community of action, fostering connection and belonging. It’s free to join and you can apply here.

Finally, our One Door Illawarra Clubhouse is currently seeking 10 women from Wollongong/Illawarra with a lived experience of Domestic Family Violence (DFV) to participate in our Bloom Project this February. The project goal is to help women regain control of their lives by providing non-clinical support and facilitating increased economic independence and social connection. If you or anyone in the region would benefit from this project, please get in touch with our team here.

Until next month…