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Australian Mental Health Commissions and the New Zealand Mental Health Commissioner collaborate to improve mental health

The long history of collaboration and commitments to mental health reform between Australia and New Zealand has been formalised with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

The parties to the MoU:

  • Recognise their complementary roles and shared commitment to improving the mental health and wellbeing of the people of Australia and New Zealand.
  • Recognise the benefit of collaborative working practices.

The MoU was signed by:

 New Zealand Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner
 National Mental Health Commission
 Mental Health Commission of New South Wales
 Mental Health Commission of Western Australia
 Mental Health Commission of South Australia
 Mental Health Complaints Commissioner Victoria
 Queensland Mental Health Commission

View the MoU here

Australia and New Zealand team up to improve mental health

From left to right: Professor Allan Fels, Chair, National Mental Health Commission; Dr Peggy Brown, CEO and Commissioner, National Mental Health Commission; Dr Lesley van Schoubroeck, Commissioner, Queensland Mental Health Commission; Dr Lynne Coulson Barr, Commissioner, Mental Health Complaints Commission Victoria; Mr John Feneley, Commissioner, Mental Health Commission of New South Wales; Mr Chris Burns, Commissioner, Mental Health Commission South Australia; Mr Timothy Marney, Commissioner, Mental Health Commission Western Australia

"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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