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Personality Disorder Treatment and Support research

In 2018, the Commission and SANE Australia released a spotlight report to review current evidence-based practice, service availability and experiences of treatment for Australians living with personality disorder.

The report included a literature review, an environmental scan and a qualitative study. It discusses:

  • What is known about the prevalence of personality disorders in Australia, including the percentage of people presenting to emergency departments living with personality disorder
  • A review of evidence-based treatments for personality disorder
  • The barriers faced by Australians living with personality disorder in accessing a sufficient level of support
  • How people living with personality disorders are impacted by stigma and discrimination.

The Commission developed a summary of the research report which outlines the key messages and themes of the research. The summary explores the experiences of people living with personality disorder and their carers and other support persons as well as what the research means for mental health professionals and Primary Health Networks (PHNs).


Treatment and Support for Personality Disorder Summary Report

PDF, 493.42 KB

Understanding How best to Respond to the Needs of Australians Living with Personality Disorder Full Report

PDF, 1.03 MB
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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.