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National Consumer & Carer Forum

Queenslanders have a voice on the National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum (NMHCCF).

The forum is the combined national voice for consumers and carers committed to mental health reform in Australia.

The forum gives mental health consumers and carers the opportunity to be involved in developing mental health policy with the sector.

Queensland representatives

Tanya Kretschmann from Rockhampton is Queensland’s consumer representative. Ms Kretschmann is a passionate consumer advocate, lived experience consultant, recovery speaker and peer mentor.

Gold Coast resident Cindy Heddle is Queensland's carer representative. Ms Heddle is a dedicated lived experience carer peer and advocate for families, with a passion for mental health and crisis reform. 

The Commission supports Queensland’s representatives to have state-based input into mental health reform at the national level. 

Media release: Tanya Kretschmann of Rockhampton new national mental health representative

The NMHCCF provides advocacy on mental health consumer and carer issues through representation on a large number of national bodies, such as government committees and advisory groups, professional bodies and other consultative forums and events.  

NMHCCF members also research and prepare submissions, raise awareness and share information relevant to consumers and carers at the national level.  

NMHCCF members ensure that issues and concerns of consumers and carers are acknowledged and addressed as part of the national policy development process in Australia.

Read more about the National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum and its achievements.

Contact Queensland representatives

To contact Queensland's consumer and carer representatives, contact the NMHCCF secretariat: 

Telephone 02 6285 3100 


Online at

PO Box 174