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An Australian first

An Australian first

The Chair and Commissioners will launch their first Report Card, A Contributing Life: the 2012 Report Card on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention in Sydney tomorrow.

The event, hosted by well known journalist, Jessica Rowe will include an open Q&A forum where guests will be invited to ask the Commission questions about the annual Report Card and the broader work of the Commission.

In our first year we have met, listened and shared experiences with people from across Australia. If you are not attending the launch we invite you to be part of this significant first for Australia. Below are some suggestions of how you can get involved on the day.

Have a question for the Commision? Submit a question including your name and if you like, a brief description about yourself to [email protected]. A selection of questions will be asked at the launch event in Sydney.

Read the Report Card online. The Report Card will go live on our website tomorrow morning. Watch the supporting videos and download a copy of the Report Card.

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A Contributing Life

Presentation to the Australian Government

After the official launch of the Report Card to the Australian public in Sydney the Chair, Prof Allan Fels will present the Report Card to the Australian Government at Parliament House on Tuesday evening.

Commission in Orange, NSW 21-22 November 2012

Residents from Orange and the surrounding area attended an afternoon tea and open forum with the Chair and Commissioners last Wednesday.

The Commission was in Orange for its sixth and final official meeting for 2012. The afternoon tea and open forum is an important part of every Commission meeting and is an opportunity for community members around the country to hear about the work of the Commission, share their experiences and ask the Commissioners questions.

A huge thank you to all involved and for the Orange community for your hospitality. The communique and minutes from the meeting will be available on our website next week.

The Contributing Life Project

“People with mental health problems want the same things as everyone else. 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.

The Commission has identified that on a national scale there is no consistent or regularly collected qualitative information about people’s real and whole of life experiences. Qualitative data is essential to build a more rounded picture of service and support outcomes through our annual National Report Card on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. This project will commence in 2013 and will inform and support future National Report Cards.

We are excited to have commissioned the Contributing Life Project. To register your interest and to find out more, read an overview of the project on our website.

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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.