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Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan

 The Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan (Fifth Plan) was endorsed by the COAG Health Council in August 2017. The Fifth Plan represents commitment from all governments to work together to achieve integrated planning and service delivery of mental health and suicide prevention related services. This will require collaboration between the Commonwealth, state and territory governments, public and private sector, community-managed organisations, and consumers and carers to improve the mental health system and outcomes for people with mental illness and their carers.  

The Fifth Plan is accompanied by an implementation plan that establishes responsibilities for agreed actions under each of the eight Priority Areas specified in the Fifth Plan.

The Commission has been given responsibility for delivering an annual report, for presentation to health ministers, on the implementation progress of the Fifth Plan actions and performance against the identified indicators. To achieve this we are working with the coordination points identified in the Fifth Plan implementation plan, the Australian Government Department of Health, state and territory governments, Primary Health Networks and state mental health commissions. 

Our first annual report will provide an update up until 30 June 2018. Our intention is to keep reporting simple and succinct. We are interested in:

  • engagement and participation of consumers and carers
  • progress made against the actions and priority areas
  • key achievements that showcase improved outcomes
  • enablers and barriers experienced during implementation
  • establishing baselines for the available performance indicators. 

Our first report is due to the COAG Health Council’s meeting in October 2018. Before this, it will be shared with the Mental Health Principal Committee, and the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council. 

In addition to our reporting role, we will conduct a national consultation process in the second half of 2018 in order to understand the impact of the Fifth Plan activities on consumers and carers. 

For more information please contact the Director, Monitoring and Reporting, Canberra on 02 6289 1605 or

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