The first ARAFMI group was formed in Sydney in 1975 by Margaret Lukes. Margaret identified the need for a service that would specifically address the concerns of carers, relatives and friends. The ARAFMI movement quickly spread to other States and Territories and the ARAFMI organisations became the primary provider of services for carers of people with a mental illness in Australia.
In January 2009, ARAFMI NSW was appointed by the NSW Minister for Health as the peak body in NSW representing the families and carers of people living with a mental illness. As such, ARAFMI NSW was given the responsibility to:
- Conduct regular consultative work with carers across the state to obtain representative information on carer’s views and experiences
- Use this information to provide advice and input on policy and services to the NSW Ministry of Health and to other government bodies
From 01 July 2016, Aramfi NSW commenced trading as Mental Health Carers NSW (MHCN) in order to continue our efforts of aligning with Recovery Focused Language.