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Monitoring and Reporting Framework on mental health and suicide prevention

We are developing a new Monitoring and Reporting Framework for mental health and suicide prevention

Our role

The National Mental Health Commission (the Commission) provides insight, advice and evidence on ways to continuously improve Australia’s mental health and suicide prevention systems, and acts as a catalyst for change to achieve these improvements.  This includes increasing accountability and transparency in mental health through the provision of independent reports and advice to the Australian Government and community.  The Commission’s core functions are to influence system improvement and better accountability through leading, collaborating, advising, and reporting. The Commission is the only organisation in Australia with this mandate at a national level.

The Commission is also now responsible for monitoring and reporting on the implementation of the Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan. This added responsibility from the Council of Australian Government (COAG) Health Council aims to deliver better outcomes for people who need mental health support.

The new Framework

The Commission is developing a new reporting framework to guide future monitoring and reporting by the Commission.  The Framework will enable value-add reporting, instigate change and support the Commission to pursue its mission and core purpose.

How we’re developing the Framework

The project is being managed in-house by the Commission while the development will be carried out by Nous Group.  The executive at the Commission will oversee the project along with key internal staff from the Commission.

National consultation

During October and November, national workshops, stakeholder interviews and an online consultation survey are being undertaken to inform the development of the Framework. We welcome input from consumers, carers, families, support people, service providers, mental health professionals, and policy makers.

Click on this link to access the online consultation survey which opens on 16 October 2017.

The consultation closes midnight 17 November 2017.

The Framework team

A Monitoring and Reporting Framework Advisory Committee (the Committee) has been providing strategic advice to guide the overall development of the Framework and engagement mechanisms. The Committee has provided advice around the feasibility and appropriateness of the project and its deliverables, in the context of the Commission’s broader strategic objectives, as well as from a user-perspective.

Members of the Advisory Committee include:

  • Jackie Crowe (Commissioner)
  • Noel Muller (National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum)
  • Ian Hickie (Commissioner)
  • Richard Weston (Healing Foundation)
  • Gary Hanson (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare)

Framework development

July- Aug 2017

We developed a project implementation plan and an environmental scan paper which offers insights into the current reporting landscape.

We developed the first stage of the Framework which involved consultations conducted via face-to-face or teleconference by NOUS.

Oct- Nov 2017

We are conducting a national consultation process.

Dec 2017 – January 2018

Nous will develop a draft Framework.

The Commission will finalise the Framework to inform our monitoring and reporting from 2018 and into the future.

Who are the key stakeholders?

A broad range of national stakeholders will be consulted, with a focus on stakeholders who will be affected by the Commission’s monitoring and reporting. There will also be a focus on technical experts who can add value around how information can best be reported. This will include representatives from:

  • The National Mental Health Commission
  • People with lived experience of mental health issues and suicidality, their families, friends and support people.
  • Commonwealth Government
  • State and Territory Government
  • Peak bodies
  • Services providers
  • Government and Mental Health Commissions across Australia
  • Primary Health Networks
  • People using the National disability Insurance Scheme and those affected by it
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • People living in rural and remote areas and the general population

"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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