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Minutes 21 August 2014, Sydney

National Mental Health Commission Meeting
21 August 2014, Sydney


Commission Attendees
Professor Allan Fels AO Chair
Mr David Butt Chief Executive Officer and ex-officio Commissioner
Mrs Lucinda Brogden Mental Health Commissioner

Professor Pat Dudgeon

Mental Health Commissioner
Mr Rob Knowles AO Mental Health Commissioner
Hon Dr Kay Patterson Mental Health Commissioner
Commission Staff

Ms Catherine Lourey

A/Deputy CEO

Ms Jane Moxon

Director, Policy, Strategy and Projects
Mr David Howse Manager,  Policy, Strategy and Projects
Ms Claudia Migotto A/Director, Review and Report Card Development
Invited Guests

Ms Michelle Ducat

Director, Disability and Mental Health Section Australian Bureau of Statistics

Dr Henry Cutler

Director, Health Economics Lead, Advisory Health, Ageing and Human Services, KPMG
Prof Debora Picone Chief Executive Officer, Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
Dr Suellen Allen Program Director  Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
Professor Ian Hickie AM Mental Health Commissioner
Ms Jackie Crow Mental Health Commissioner

Item 1 Welcome and Apologies

The Chair welcomed attendees to the meeting. There were apologies noted from Commissioners Ian Hickie and Jackie Crowe.

Item 2 Preliminaries 

The updated Register of Interests as at 31 July 2014 document was noted as part of the meeting papers.

The draft Minutes of the Commission Meeting held 22-23 June 2014 were APPROVED.

Item 3 Commissioner, CEO & Projects Update

The Director Policy, Strategy and Projects updated the Commissioners on the progress of the National Contributing Life Survey project and the Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance Literature Review release. Commissioners NOTED and DISCUSSED the progress made and the plan to release the Literature Review.

Commissioners DISCUSSED the update on the Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance project and AGREED on next steps.

Item 4 Commission Strategic Directions 2014-15, Revised Operating Principles and additional Commission meeting in October 2014. 

Commissioners DISCUSSED the contents of both the Strategic Directions and Operating Principles and AGREED to some drafting changes.

Commissioners DISCUSSED the additional meeting on 9 & 10 October 2014 to include service visits, and DECIDED to hold it in Melbourne.

Item 5 Report back on 2012 and 2013 Report Card recommendations

Commissioners NOTED the proposed structure of the Report Back on 2012 and 2013 Report Cards 18 recommendations. This will be prepared for Government and released in December 2014.

Item 6 Review of Mental Health Services & Programmes – Progress Report

Commissioners DISCUSSED and provided feedback on the approach and outline of the Review and NOTED the update on research projects informing the Review by the CEO and A/Deputy CEO.

Item 7 Primary and Mental Health Networks

Commissioners DISCUSSED the proposed Primary Health Networks and AGREED to the Chair writing to the Minister for Health outlining the Commission’s views on the design of Primary Health Networks in regard to the importance of mental health in these new network structures.

Item 8 Review – Data Linkage Project

Commissioners NOTED the presentation on the project by Michelle Ducat from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Item 9 Review – Cost Modelling Project

Commissioners NOTED the presentation by Dr Henry Cutler from KPMG, provided Dr Cutler with feedback on the report approach and AGREED that the consultants needed to provide more context around “emerging trends” in their work.

Item 10 National Standards in Mental Health Services - Scoping Study

Commissioners NOTED the presentation by the Australian Commission on Safety & Quality in Health Care and AGREED to the joint release of the report and its recommendations to inform the planned review of the NSQHS Standards by the ACSQHC.

Next Meeting:

The next meeting will be held 9 & 10 October 2014 in Melbourne.

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