Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia

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The Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia (MIFA) (which was formerly known as the Schizophrenia Fellowship's Council of Australia) describes itself as the national body to "support and represent people with a severe mental illness and their carers."


On its website MIFA states that it commenced informally in 1986 "as an association of the various state and territory Schizophrenia Fellowships then in existence ... In 1995, the process of National Incorporation was commenced with the agreement of all members of the group. In November 2001 our name was changed from the Schizophrenia Fellowships' Council of Australia to the Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia." [1]


The inaugural President was Bernard McNair, who was the former President of the NSW Fellowship. [2]

Member Groups

  • Canberra Schizophrenia Fellowship
  • Schizophrenia Fellowship of New South Wales
  • Mental Illness Fellowship of North Queensland
  • Schizophrenia Fellowship of Queensland
  • Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria
  • Northern Territory Association of Relatives & Friends of the Mentally Ill
  • Mental Illness Fellowship of South Australia
  • Mental Illness Fellowship of Western Australia


Contact details

PO Box 844, Marleston,
South Australia 5033
Email: webmaster AT
Fax (08) 8221 5159

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