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In 2014, the Commonwealth Government tasked the Commission to undertake a national review of mental health programmes and services.

This review examined existing mental health services and programmes across Federal, State and Territory government, private and non-government sectors. The focus of the review was to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of programmes and services in supporting individuals experiencing mental ill health and their families and other support people to lead a contributing life and to engage productively in the community.

The final report Contributing Lives, Thriving Communities was provided to the Australian Government on 1 December 2014. In late 2015, the Government released its Response to Contributing Lives, Thriving Communities.

The Commission continues to work with partners on a number of projects, including the Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance, the National Mental Health Future Leaders Project and the National Seclusion and Restraint Project.

Through our work, we hope to support change in the attitudes and behaviour of Australians towards mental health and improve services and support for people experiencing mental health difficulties and suicide risk, their families and other support people.

More information on our projects can be found via the navigation bar on the left.



"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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