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Council of Non-Government Organisations on Mental Health (CONGO)

14 December 2012

On 9 October 2012, the Mental Health Council of Australia and the National Mental Health Commission co-hosted Australia’s inaugural Council of Non-Government Organisations (CONGO) on Mental Health in Canberra.

Ninety non-government organisations attending the CONGO meeting have formed an alliance and called for the establishment of a national vision for Australia to lead the world in mental health by 2022, so that within 10 years Australia is acknowledged internationally as the world leader in mental health services, programs, and outcomes. CONGO members agreed to re-commit themselves to placing people with lived experience at the forefront of policy formulation, service design and evaluation.

Download the CONGO Communique, and the full report of the CONGO meeting.

Media release: Mental health organisations join forces to create a better deal on mental health.

"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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