Strategic Plan 2017-2022

Wellways has an important role to play in shaping the future of mental health and disability services in the community. Our focus on working with individuals, families and the community to transform lives, places Wellways at the centre of building inclusive communities.

We continue to be committed to building our advocacy membership and a strong network of lived experience leaders who can work at both grassroots and systemic levels to support our strategy and deliver community change.

Over the next five years, Wellways will be focused on building the systems and processes to ensure that we continue to grow while we deliver leading-edge programs and services to participants and achieve our vision of becoming an employer of choice. Under the stewardship of the Board and CEO, we have developed a strategic plan which is the blueprint for the direction of the organisation and sets for Wellways a clear purpose through until 2022.

A lived experience sounding board helped us shape our new strategy. As we’ve been doing for many, many years, we’ll continue our conversations with our participants, members, supporters and volunteers and help them have their voices heard.

The plan outlines the key areas of future focus for Wellways and articulates what we need to achieve to ensure we are positioned as a leading organisation in our field.

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Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan 2021-2023

Our 2021-23 Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) continues and extends the important work from our 2018-20 RAP, making reconciliation everyone’s business and setting ourselves clearer targets.

To improve engagement and accountability at every level of the organisation, we have employed a coproduction process between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and senior executives to create an engaging version of the RAP.

Our Courageous Commitments support our RAP by making our goals clear and providing a simple visual template that can be tailored to include specific, measurable and tangible outcomes across all regions and business areas. This means that our RAP deliverables are embedded in our everyday work, from a whole of organisational level to an individual level.

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Well Together

Well Together: a blueprint for community inclusion, authored by Dr Mark Salzer and Richard Baron of Temple University, was commissioned by Wellways Australia to build on our existing knowledge base and to ensure that the work we do, now and into the future, is firmly grounded in the best available and most contemporary evidence.

The report sets forth fundamental concepts, theoretical frameworks and evidence for community inclusion. It is explicitly intended, in the new NDIS environment, to provide practice principles to guide our work with people experiencing a range of disabilities.

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Download Well Together information sheet - Community inclusion


Response to the Mental Health and Wellbeing Act: Update and Engagement paper

Joint submission by Wellways Australia, Mind Australia and Neami National

Mind, Neami and Wellways jointly present this submission to assist the Department of Health to develop a new Mental Health and Wellbeing Act for Victoria.

As three of Victoria’s leading community-managed mental health organisations, we have combined our experience, practice wisdom and insight to respond to the Update and Engagement paper.

Our responses are also informed by consultation with people with lived experience; consumers, carers and peer workers.

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