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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 they 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. Their 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 they are an advocate for system improvement and better accountability. They are not a fund holding body. They 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 2019

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Care after a Suicide Attempt Project (CAASA) - National Mental Health Commission

The Care after a Suicide Attempt Project Report provides insight on the experiences of people who have attempted suicide as well as their families or suppo

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A Model of Care for Personality Disorder in Primary Health Networks (PHNs) - National Mental Health Commission

Building on the recommendations from SANEs report: Understanding how best to respond to the needs of Australian living with personality disorder, the Co

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Can we talk...about mental illness and suicide? - National Mental Health Commission

This 2013 report is a snapshot of public opinion gathered from the conversations of everyday Australians about mental health and suicide, at home, at work

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Multicultural Mental Health and Suicide Prevention - National Mental Health Commission

This independent report from 2012 looked at what is known about the mental health of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities in Australia;

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Statement on seclusion and restraint in mental health - National Mental Health Commission

The Commission supports working towards the elimination of seclusion and restraint of people experiencing mental health difficulties in mental health servi

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Statement on marriage equality - National Mental Health Commission

The Commission recognises that discrimination of any kind, based on race, gender identity, relationship status, age, political opinion, disability or sexua

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Experiences of Functional Neurological Disorder - National Mental Health Commission

This report summarises the findings of a research project on the experiences of people diagnosed with Functional Neurological Disorder (FND) and their care

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Personality Disorder Treatment and Support research - National Mental Health Commission

In 2018, the Commission and SANE Australia released a spotlight report to review current evidence-based practice, service availability and experiences of t

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Equally Well - National Mental Health Commission

Equally Well aims to improve the quality of life of people living with mental illness by providing equal access to quality health care.

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