Psychosocial Project Group

The Psychosocial Project Group is analysing the unmet need for psychosocial supports outside the National Disability Insurance Scheme.


The Department of Health and Aged Care and state and territory governments established the Psychosocial Project Group to analyse the unmet need for psychosocial supports outside the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

The analysis will inform future:

  • arrangements for providing psychosocial support outside the NDIS
  • roles and responsibilities between the Australian Government and the states and territories, in relation to psychosocial supports outside the NDIS.

The project group was set up in September 2022 under the National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Agreement.

The project group expects the analysis to be complete by March 2024.

More information about the project group’s role and work remit is outlined in its terms of reference.


The project group includes representatives from:

  • the Australian government
  • state and territory governments
  • people with mental health lived experience.
Sarah HawkeAustralian Government (Co-chair)Assistant Secretary, Suicide Prevention and Priority Populations Branch – Department of Health and Aged Care
Sandra EyreQueensland  (Co-chair)Senior Director, Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Branch – Queensland Health
Amy WyndhamNew South WalesDirector, Community Partnerships – NSW Health
Phil Watson VictoriaPrincipal Program Advisor – VIC Department of Health
Ruth LangmeadWestern AustraliaAssistant Director, Strategic Management – WA Mental Health Commission
Gise Paine South AustraliaPrincipal Project Officer, Service Planning and Performance – SA Department for Health and Wellbeing
Jane Austin TasmaniaA/g General Manager, Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Directorate – TAS Department of Health
Wendy Kipling Australian Capital TerritorySenior Director, Mental Health Policy and Strategy – ACT Health Directorate
Deb Hamilton Lived experience representativeSystemic Mental Health Advocate, PhD Candidate – The University of Sydney

Northern Territory Health is kept informed of the Project Group’s work and provides input and feedback on an out of session basis.


The project group meets quarterly or as required.


The consultation plan for the unmet need analysis project is being finalised and will be published shortly. It outlines stakeholder consultation and engagement for the project, including timings for national workshops.

The first national virtual workshop with stakeholders was held on 18 August 2023. As outlined in the Consultation Workshop 1 Summary, this workshop tested the unmet need analysis method with stakeholders.

Project Updates

The project group releases project updates to keep psychosocial sector stakeholders informed of how the analysis work is progressing.


Psychosocial support contact

Contact us if you have questions about our psychosocial support programs and initiatives.
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