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Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan

Monitoring and Reporting on Progress to COAG Health Council

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. 

2018 Progress Report

Our first report, Monitoring Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Reform: Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan, 2018 Progress Report, provides an update of implementation progress up until 30 June 2018 and establishes a baseline for the 13 available identified performance indicators. This report has three components:

Media release

As implementation of the Fifth Plan progreses, the NMHC expects that reforms will lead to visible change for consumers and carers, as well as the sector more broadly. From 1 April to 30 April, the NMHC is surveying consumers and carers on the performance of mental health services in the past 12 months to help us understand if the implementation of the Fifth Plan actions is translating into genuine improvements in their care.


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