Nationals Member for Lismore Thomas George MP has today urged local organisations with innovative ideas to apply for a share in the $1.5 million Mental Health Innovation Fund.

Mr George said the NSW Government’s Mental Health Innovation Fund is a way to find new, local initiatives that improve mental health services and outcomes across NSW.

“This Fund provides an opportunity for the best minds in business, the community sector and government to develop and deliver new and creative ways to help people living with mental illness,” Mr George said.

Collaborating partners may include start-ups, non-government organisations, the private sector, local businesses, carers or individuals working alongside all levels of government.
“The Liberal and National Government is committed to seeing more people living well in the community. We know fresh approaches like these lead to better outcomes for those living with a mental illness while also reducing admissions in our public hospitals.
“I am pleased local organisations will have the opportunity to showcase new approaches to improve mental health services across the state.

“By funding these ideas, we can enhance the way we deliver person-centred care that focuses on consumers, particularly at the community level,” Mr George said.

Expressions of interest for the second round are now open, with target innovation areas including:

Mr George said the Innovation Fund aligns with the Government’s commitment to Living Well, the Mental Health Commission’s 10-year road map to transform mental health services.

Expressions of Interest for Round Two of the Innovation Fund close on 9 May 2017. For further information on how to apply, visit the NSW Government e-tendering website:

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403  Email:

Authorised by Thomas George MP. Funded using Parliamentary entitlements.