Commission Will Remain Independent
19 September 2013
The National Mental Health Commission looks forward to continuing to play a key role in providing independent advice to Government, particularly in light of being given the new task of undertaking a comprehensive review of mental health services and outcomes.
Contrary to some media reports suggesting the Commission will be absorbed into the Department of Health, the Commission understands it will simply now report to the new Health Minister, The Hon Peter Dutton MP.
Chair Professor Allan Fels said, "Our independence is critical to credible reporting and advice and to driving transparency and accountability.
“As I have said previously, we will continue to bring a whole of life, whole of portfolio perspective to our work. In doing so, we will provide clear, independent advice to Government and engage with all relevant portfolios and sectors.
“We look forward to working with the new Government, the Minister for Health and other relevant portfolio Ministers, to improve the mental health and wellbeing of all Australians.”
"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