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National Mental Health Commission welcomes the appointment of Expert Reference Group

18 June 2015

The National Mental Health Commission has welcomed the Health Minister’s announcement of the first meeting today of an expert reference group tasked with guiding the implementation of the Commission’s review into mental health programmes and services.

Commission Chair, Professor Alan Fels, said that the 13 members of the Expert Reference Group, chaired by former beyondblue CEO Kate Carnell AO, had an important task ahead of them.

“The Commission welcomes Minister Ley’s commitment to engaging the sector on the implementation of the report recommendations and moving quickly to finalise an action plan by October 2015.

"In launching the review, we said that Australia had a transformational opportunity to tackle the individual, social and economic costs of mental ill-health if it makes mental health a priority, and we commend the Minister for her leadership in doing so,” Prof. Fels said.

“We welcome the time limited nature of the Expert Reference Group and the fact that it has to complete its tasks by October.

“It’s important that implementation of the review’s recommendations and actions commences as soon as possible because the review lays out what is a long term plan for reforms,” Prof. Fels said.

Prof. Fels said that the review provided a strong, achievable and practical plan for modernising and reforming Australia’s mental health system and ultimately improving the lives of millions of Australians.

“The Commission looks forward to working with the Expert Reference Group as required to assist them in their important work advising the Australian Government,” Prof. Fels said.

For more information about the Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services, visit:

"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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