We are Australia’s first National Mental Health Commission, set up in 2012 to provide independent reports and advice to the community and government on what’s working and what’s not.
From day one the Commission’s view has been that we must think differently about mental health, to see mental wellbeing as important to the individual, their family, support people and community. This sees services not as separate elements to be used when needed. It sees that the interconnections between services, families, employers and co-workers, health providers, teachers and friends, together improve mental wellbeing and a sense of a life well lived.
We work 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. By leading, advising, collaborating and reporting we will help transform systems and promote change, so that all Australians achieve the best possible mental health and wellbeing.
The Commission takes a leadership role and is committed to driving change that supports people’s ability to lead a contributing life and maximise their potential.
Our priorities include ensuring mental health is embedded across Government reform; guiding a coalition for a mentally healthy Australia; driving innovation in mental health programme and service integration and practice; and supporting the advancement of data quality and linkage and the development of a national research agenda. We are also champions of the adoption, measurement and reporting of national targets and indicators as long term goals for mental health reform.
There is great work being done. We work with others across all sectors to influence positive change. We also encourage more collaborative ways of working, by helping bring people together who have the same goals and the same vision.
We use our reports, relationships and influence to give honest and independent advice on where and how Australia can better support people with a lived experience of mental health difficulties, their families and support people.
The Federal 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.
In 2012 and 2013 we 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. We not only looked at the facts and figures, but also the real and everyday experiences of Australians.
What we do not do...
We do 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 unsolicited projects or campaigns.
"Even the most disadvantaged Australians should be able to lead a 'contributing life,' whatever that means for them and this simple goal will be our touchstone and yardstick."
Chair Prof Allan Fels AO
National Mental Health Commission