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 a report on ‘Mental health research and evaluation in multicultural Australia:Developing a culture of inclusion’, which has been 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.

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

Can we talk...about mental illness and suicide? is our first spotlight report to be released in 2013. Can we talk...about mental illness and suicide? 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 Pty Ltd 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.

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 last year.  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.

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.

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"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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