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Communique - 3rd National Aboriginal Health Summit

10 August 2015

David Butt, CEO of the National Mental Health Commission had the opportunity to present the National Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services to more than 100 delegates at the 3rd National Aboriginal Health Summit in Darwin on Friday 31 July.  In his presentation, Mr Butt highlighted what this means for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples mental health and social and emotional wellbeing.  Co-hosted by the Aborinal Medical Service Alliance NT and NT Government, the Communique from the Summit is now available.

The Communique proposes a set of recommendations to improve Aboriginal health outcomes and close the gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.

Read the Communique here

 3rd Aboriginal Health Summit photo

Image:  David Butt - CEO National Mental Health Commission, John Feneley - NSW Mental Health Commission,  Lesley Van Schoubroeck - Qld Mental Health Commission, Dr Robyn Shields - NSW Mental Health Commission, and Professor Gracelyn Smallwood - Indigenous leader, at the 3rd National Aboriginal Health Summit, held in Darwin on 30 and 31 July. 

"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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