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Presentation of the 2012 National Report Card to the Australian Government

21 December 2012

Commission Chair, Prof Allan Fels, presented A Contributing Life: the 2012 National Report Card on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention to the Australian Government at an event at Parliament House on 27 November.

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The Hon Mark Butler MP, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Mental Health Reform accepted the Report Card on behalf of the Prime Minister and commented;

“There is no shortage of reports on mental health but so many of them focus on the number of beds that we have in the hospital system, the number of doctors, the number of nurses, what I describe as inputs to the system. Very few of them, if any that we could find, focus on the outcome and focus on the degree to which those services are delivering change in people’s lives or to use the language of the Commission, to lead contributing lives in their community.”

"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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