What are Special Interest Groups (SIGs)?

Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are groups established by members of ACMHN who have an interest in facilitating, advancing and promoting a particular area of interest in mental health on behalf of the ACMHN. As part of the ACMHN membership package, members are offered the opportunity to join a SIG.

SIGs provide a network for members with shared interests and expertise to participate in the development of the specialist interest, exchange views, disseminate information, provide support, promote research, and organise activities such as conferences.


The ACMHN has a number of SIGs


How does a SIG operate?

Special Interest Groups are run by members and operate under the Constitution of the ACMHN and a Terms of Reference document.

Some SIGs have a committee, elected by the SIG membership, which is presided over by a Chairperson. Development and support is managed by the SIG committee through various activities which it determines.

Other SIGs are more like a collegial forum through which information can be spread and obtained.

The ACMHN provides a web-based communication facility for the SIG and manages the finances of the SIG. The SIG reports to the ACMHN Board.


How does a SIG communicate?

Members of a SIG who are currently financial members of ACMHN can participate in a SIG e-list. In addition, SIGs provide articles of interest for the ACMHN 'News' magazine - a quarterly publication.


Who establishes a SIG?

Members can initiate a proposal to the Board of Directors of ACMHN, via Enquiries (E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to establish a SIG. For a SIG to be formalised, it needs to be demonstrated that there is a significant interest amongst the broader membership in the interest group topic.