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27 November deadline: ADF review

16 November 2016

Sunday 27 November is the deadline to take a survey or make a submission to the National Mental Health Commission review of self-harm and suicide prevention services available to current and former Australian Defence Force members.

"The Commission wants to ensure as many people as possible can have their say about self-harm and suicide prevention services for Defence personnel by the consultation closing date,” said Peggy Brown, CEO.

“There has already been a very strong response from serving ADF members and to a lesser extent, veterans.

“In the final days of the public consultations, we are especially keen to hear from more families, friends and carers as well as service providers.

“This is a vital project and input from across the community is warmly welcomed,” Dr Brown said.

Surveys can be completed and submissions made at

The Review is also being informed by focus groups, a reference group and sector experts. Outcomes of previous studies and inquiries are also being considered.

The Commission will present government with an interim report, based on the terms of reference, in December. The final report is due in February 2017.

The Review of the services available to veterans and members of the Australian Defence Force in relation to the prevention of self-harm and suicide was announced in August by the Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull.

"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

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