The Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia (MIFA) is a leading Australian national mental health organisation with state and territory member organisations dedicated to improving outcomes for people with mental illness and psychiatric disability and their carers. The Fellowship was formed from state based organisations that had been started by families and people with mental illness desperate for community based services following deinstituionalisation.
The state-based organisations gained from sharing their learning in service needs and operations and recognised the need to form a national organisation to strengthen their voice at the national level. The national body commenced in the mid 1980s – now called MIFA.
There are nine member organisations which cover each state and territory; representing between 10-15,000 members, mainly those directly affected by mental illness as consumers and families and carers. MIFA has the largest membership base of any national, non-government mental health organisation. Member organisations now employ over 300 staff and engage hundreds more volunteers. On an annual basis services are provided to over 50,000 people throughout Australia.
MIFA contributes by:
Member organisations deliver a diverse range of programs and services for people with severe mental illnesses, their carers and the community. Services provided by member organisations vary in each location including:
One of our key initiatives for 2007 was a national survey of people affected by mental illness, asking our members to describe their key federal issues. Results from over 2,200 participants have been compiled and forwarded to all federal politicians with the top 5 issues being the need for improved: housing, employment, education [for carers & consumers], research and social security.
To learn more about the Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia, Inc – please visit there website at:
Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia
PO Box 844, Marleston
South Australia 5033
Ph (08) 8221 5072
Fax (08) 8221 5159