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2020 National Report

This National Report 2020 shows that mental health and suicide continue to be significant issues for Australia. The events of late 2019 to 2020 have highlighted both strengths and weaknesses in many of our health and mental health systems.

While an ambitious reform agenda has been set, many challenges remain to be overcome by governments, the mental health sector and the community before we can collectively achieve our vision of a system that delivers better outcomes via an integrated, person-led approach to mental health and wellbeing.

Throughout this report, the Commission highlights areas that require further work to improve the mental health system and ensure that it meets the needs of all consumers and carers. From this analysis, the report makes four recommendations that the Commission views as priorities for the coming 12 months:

  • The Australian Government should develop a National Older Persons Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy.
  • The Australian Government should develop a National Mental Health Workforce Strategy Implementation Plan.
  • The Australian Government should develop a National e-Mental Health Strategy.
  • The Australian Government should develop a National Regional and Remote Mental Health Strategy.


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Acknowledgement of Country

The Commission acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands throughout Australia.
We pay our respects to their clans, and to the elders, past present and emerging, and acknowledge their continuing connection to land, sea and community.


The Commission is committed to embracing diversity and eliminating all forms of discrimination in the provision of health services. The Commission welcomes all people irrespective of ethnicity, lifestyle choice, faith, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Lived Experience

We acknowledge the individual and collective contributions of those with a lived and living experience of mental ill-health and suicide, and those who love, have loved and care for them. Each person’s journey is unique and a valued contribution to Australia’s commitment to mental health suicide prevention systems reform.