Spotlight Reports

Our Spotlight Reports shine a light on issues and areas of interest identified by the Commission. These reports are commissioned to inform our work and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Commission.

Mental health research and evaluation in multicultural Australia: Developing a culture of inclusion

In 2012, we commissioned the Mental health research and evaluation in multicultural Australia: Developing a culture of inclusion report, which was prepared by Mental Health in Multicultural Australia (MHiMA). This independent report looks at what is known about the mental health of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities in Australia; whether our mental health research pays adequate attention to cultural and linguistic diversity; and whether national data collections support evidence informed mental health policy, practice and reform in multicultural Australia. The MHiMA report makes independent recommendations for policy makers, researchers and others.

The Commission welcomes this report. It is a useful step in furthering our knowledge of the issues facing a number of diverse Australian communities and we hope it will contribute to a more inclusive culture and approach.

Mental health research and evaluation in multicultural Australia: Developing a culture of inclusion (PDF 718Kb)

Since this report was released, the MHiMA has released the Framework for Mental Health in Multicultural Australia: Towards culturally inclusive service delivery. The framework has been developed to help organisations and individual workers to:

  • Evaluate their cultural responsiveness, and 
  • Enhance their delivery of services for CALD communities.

The Framework is mapped against current practice, policies and plans. Its implementation will not only assist services to fulfil their existing safety, quality and accreditation requirements, but also offers an ongoing process of assessment and development.

The range of issues and complexities discussed in the Framework were highlighted in a discussion paper prepared by MHiMA for the National Mental Health Commission, Mental health research and evaluation in multicultural Australia: Developing a culture of inclusion.

Read the media release 
Read the Framework for Mental Health in Multicultural Australia: Towards culturally inclusive service delivery 
Read the Framework’s Organisational Implementation Guide, Key Outcome Areas 

For more information, please visit the Framework’s website.

Can we talk...about mental illness and suicide?

This was our first spotlight report of 2013. This report is a snapshot of public opinion gathered from the conversations of everyday Australians about mental health and suicide, at home, at work and with their friends. In 2012 we commissioned Think: Insight & Advice to undertake this study. The methodological statement in the ‘About this Report’ section of the report was updated in July 2013 to include additional information to readers. This amended statement does not alter the validity of the findings contained in the report.

Read the report (PDF 712Kb)

Media release 'Can we talk...about mental illness and suicide?' Research findings highlight community attitudes to mental health (PDF 272Kb)

How did we score? Engaging young people in the development of a National Report Card on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

This independent report looks at how the Commission can better engage and involve young Australians in the development of the National Report Card on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. This was identified as a priority at the Roundtables held in Sydney and a Youth Roundtable in WA in 2012. In response we commissioned NGOs, Batyr and the Young and Well CRC to capture young people’s perspectives through an online survey and targeted focus groups.

How did we score? Engaging young people in the development of a National Report Card on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, gives us a picture of what respondents are looking for in the Commission. It is an early step that sets the scene for future engagement.

Read the report (PDF 676Kb)

Mental Health Report Card on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Social and Social and Emotional Wellbeing 

This spotlight report provides detail behind the wider story of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and how this impacts and influences their mental health and wellbeing. The report is a supplement paper for our 2012 National Report Card on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention which tells a fictional story that reflects the diversity of the journey of different communities and generations.

This report highlights that improving the mental wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities should be prioritised by including mental health as an additional target in the ‘Closing the Gap’ program.

The report was released on National Close the Gap Day 2013.

Read the report (PDF 1352Kb)

International Benchmarking of Australia's Mental Health Performance - State of Play Review

In 2012 we commissioned a ‘state of play’ review of existing international mental health benchmarks so we can better understand how Australian mental health performance currently compares with other countries and the extent to which comparative data is both available and robust.

Read the report (PDF 1649Kb) 

Care after a Suicide Attempt Project (CAASA)

The Suicide Attempts Spotlight Report will provide insight on the experiences of people who have attempted suicide as well as their families or support people. 

The NHMRC Centre for Excellence in Suicide Prevention (CRESP), Black Dog Institute has been contracted to conduct research into the experiences of people who have attemped suicide, and in particular, their experiences of the types of services and support they received, and what makes a difference to their lives and recovery. 

The final report is due in September 2014.

Note: For screen readers and other assistive technologies, some of these documents are not fully accessible. Accessible versions will be added where appropriate as soon as possible. Please contact us for assistance if required.

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