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Australian Defence Force Review

03 July 2017

On 11 August 2016, the Prime Minister, the Minister for Veterans' Affairs and Defence Personnel and the then Minister for Health and Aged Care announced a Review of the services available to veterans and members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) in relation to the prevention of self-harm and suicide (the Review).

The Review focused on the type and efficacy of the self-harm and suicide prevention services that are available, and looked at prevalence rates and potential barriers to access of services.

The Review was undertaken by the National Mental Health Commission (the Commission) and our Final Report was presented to Government on 28 March 2017.

The Commission’s Final Report can be found here.

The Government's response

The Government considered the Commission's Final Report and recommendations and has released its response. This response outlines work already underway within the Department of Defence, Veterans' Affairs and Health and sets out the Australian Government's commitment to continue to improve the support available to current and ex-serving ADF members and their families.

The Government's response was released on 30 June 2017.

The Government's final response can be found here.

For further information contact DVA Public Affairs:

6289 6203 


“We strive to continually improve the mental health system so people lead contributing lives with the right supports at the right time.”

Dr Peggy Brown AO, CEO
National Mental Health Commission

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