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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 is working and what is 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.

What we do 

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, so that all Australians achieve the best possible mental health and wellbeing.

Our purpose is to provide insight, advice and evidence on ways to continuously improve Australia’s mental health and suicide prevention systems and to act as a catalyst for change to achieve those improvements. This includes increasing accountability and transparency in mental health through the provision of independent reports and advice to the Australian Government and the community.

In its ongoing monitoring and reporting, the Commission draws on data, indicators and frameworks, as well as qualitative accounts, to inform an assessment of whether progress is being achieved in the implementation of mental health reforms and the impact of any changes. Current areas of particular focus are reforms relating to regional integration and planning of mental health services through Primary Health Networks, suicide prevention, digital health, and the rollout of the NDIS. The Commission will monitor the impact of NDIS especially on those who do not qualify for supports under NDIS. The Commission will also report on the implementation and impact of the Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan.

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.

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