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Minutes 20 February, Sydney

National Mental Health Commission Meeting
20 February 2015, Sydney


Commission Attendees
Professor Allan Fels AO Chair
Mr David Butt Chief Executive Officer and ex-officio Commissioner
Mrs Lucinda Brogden Mental Health Commissioner
Ms Jackie Crowe Mental Health Commissioner

Professor Pat Dudgeon

Mental Health Commissioner

Professor Ian Hickie AM

Mental Health Commissioner
Mr Rob Knowles AO Mental Health Commissioner
Ms Nicole Gibson Mental Health Commissioner
Hon Dr Kay Patterson Mental Health Commissioner
Commission Staff

Ms Catherine Lourey

A/Deputy CEO

Ms Jane Moxon

Director, Policy, Strategy and Projects
Mr Peter McDermott Project Officer and Secretariat
Ms Leonie Baden Manager Report Card Development
Ms Ros Johnson
Manager Project, Strategy and Projects

Ms Anne Wickham

Director, Boxing Clever (present for item 8.2)

Item 1 Welcome and Apologies

Chair Allan Fels welcomed Commissioners and staff.
There were no apologies.

Item 2 Preliminaries

The Register of Interests was tabled. Commissioner Brogden advised she is now the Governor of the Queenwood School for Girls and a member of the Australian Psychological Society.

The Minutes of the Sydney Commission meeting on 20 November 2014 were APPROVED. Actions arising from the meeting were noted.

Commissioners AGREED on the updated Operating Principles, noting that guidelines on gifts will be added to the Operating Principles and a gift register will be provided for the next Commission meeting.

Item 3 Commissioners, CEO and Projects Updates

3.1 CEO Update

CEO David Butt provided a verbal update on progress in relation to the release of the National Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services (“Review”). Mr Butt advised the Commissioners about the upcoming Senate Estimates hearing, to be held 25 February 2015. Mr Butt provided an update on recent reporting requests from the Department of Health in relation to our work programme and advised Commissioners on the staffing within Minister Ley’s office.

3.2 Commissioner Updates

Commissioners provided updates on their recent Commission-related activity.

3.3 Projects Update

The Director Policy, Strategy and Projects updated the Commissioners on the progress of the Seclusion and Restraint Position Paper. Commissioners DISCUSSED the update on the Seclusion and Restraint position paper and AGREED on next steps.

The Director also provided an update on the work of the Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance; Peer Workforce projects; the work undertaken by the Australian Commission on Quality and Safety in Healthcare on the National Standards in Mental Health Services; and the Future Leaders in Mental Health and the National Contributing Life Survey Options Paper.

Item 4 Commonwealth Matters Affecting the Commission

4.1 Advice on the Williams Decision

Commissioners DISCUSSED and NOTED the advice provided on the Williams Decision.

4.2 Advice on the Federation White Paper

Commissioners DISCUSSED and NOTED the advice provided on the Federation White Paper.

Item 5 Report Back on the 2013 Report Card

5.1 Report Back on Progress on 18 recommendations from the 2012 and 2013 Report Cards

Commissioners DISCUSSED and AGREED on the approach to the Report Back on the 2013 Report Card.

Item 6 NMHC Business Planning

6.1 Plans and Priorities for 2015-2016

Commissioners DISCUSSED the priorities for 2015 - 2016. The Work Plan for 2015-16 will be drafted for Commissioners’ consideration at the April 2015 meeting.

Item 7 Commissioned Reports

7.1 Review: Call for Submissions Report

Commissioners NOTED the Call for Submissions Report produced as part of the National Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services. The Call for Submissions Report will be released as part of the Review Report.

7.2 Care After a Suicide Attempt Report

The Acting Deputy CEO briefed the Commissioners on the Care After a Suicide Attempt Report and the associated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Perspectives Report. The Commissioners DISCUSSED the reports and AGREED to the commissioning of some additional policy analysis work to further identify enablers and policy options.

Item 8 Other Business

8.1 Commission Meetings in 2015

Commissioners DISCUSSED the format of Commission Meetings in 2015 and AGREED on preliminary dates, themes and locations and the reinstatement of service visits. These are proposed below. Themes for each meeting were informed by the strategic priorities, the Review report and other issues identified throughout the year.

Second 2015 Commission Meeting
Proposed Dates: 9 – 10 April
Proposed Location: Melbourne
Proposed Theme: Data

Third 2015 Commission Meeting
Proposed Dates: 17 – 19 June
Proposed Location: Darwin
Proposed Theme: Indigenous, Rural and Remote

Fourth 2015 Commission Meeting
Proposed Dates: 12 – 13 August
Proposed Location: Canberra
Proposed Theme: Government

Fifth 2015 Commission Meeting
Proposed Dates: 15 – 16 October
Proposed Location: Broken Hill/Adelaide
Proposed Theme: Workforce, Indigenous, Regional

Sixth 2015 Commission Meeting
Proposed Dates: 19 – 20 November
Proposed Location: Sydney
Proposed Theme: TBA

8.2 Communication re the Review Report Release

Anne Wickham, Director of Boxing Clever presented a communications strategy for the Review report release. Commissioners DISCUSSED and AGREED on the communications strategy.

Next meeting

The next meeting will be held on 9 and 10 April 2015 in Melbourne.

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