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National Mental Health Commission

The National Mental Health Commission was set up in 2012 to provide independent reports and advice to the community and government on what’s working and what’s not. It is Australia’s first mental health commission created at the national level.

The National Mental Health Commission's view is that we must think differently about mental health, to see mental wellbeing as important to the individual, their family, support people and community. The Commission works across all areas that promote mental health and prevent mental illness and suicide–not just government and not just health, but education, housing, employment, human services and social support. Our job involves three main things, to report, advise and collaborate. In 2012 and 2013 the Commission produced two annual National Report Cards on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. The report cards inform Australians of where we are doing well and where we need to do better in mental health. These not only looked at the facts and figures, but also the real and everyday experiences of Australians. The Commission does not get involved in individual cases or advocate for individual people or groups. Instead we are an advocate for system improvement and better accountability. We are not a fund holding body. We do not provide services, grants or funding for major projects or campaigns. By reporting, advising and collaborating the Commission will help transform systems and promote change, so that all Australians achieve the best possible mental health and wellbeing.

Review of Mental Health Services and Programmes

The Australian Government has tasked the Commission to undertake a national review of mental health services and programmes. This review is examining existing mental health services and programmes across Federal, State and Territory government, private and non-government sectors. The focus of the review is to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of programmes and services in supporting individuals experiencing mental ill health and their families and other support people to lead a contributing life and to engage productively in the community.

Last reviewed: October 2014

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