Peninsula Carer Council History

The first meeting of the Peninsula Carer Council was held in February 2003, not long after the new bridge was erected spanning Kananook Creek on Frankston foreshore. The concept of a bridge captured the essence of the purpose for the formation of the PCC – building well constructed bridges, establishing strong, sensitive, two way communication between carers and the mental health services.

The Mental Health Services had already laid strong foundations for these bridges when they initiated the first discussions with carers which led to the formation of the Peninsula Carer Council.

  • Approximately 250,000 people live on the Mornington Peninsula between Chelsea and Portsea. Many of these people are struggling to meet the challenges of supporting and caring for a relative or friend who has a mental illness.A6C2D4
  • Discussions about the formation of the Peninsula Carer Council were initiated by professional mental health workers who recognised the importance of the role of carers of people with mental illness.
  • The PCC was officially formed in February 2003 and became an Incorporated Body in August 2004.
  • An office was established in the building of Peninsula Support Services in January 2005.
  • A Committee of management was elected at the first Annual General meeting September 2005. The committee meets bi-monthly on the third Thursday.
  • As Peninsula Support Services programs expanded they needed all the office space in their building. The PCC office has now moved into the new Headspace Centre in Frankston.