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Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse

The National Mental Health Commission welcomes the release of the Final Report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse.

The Commission’s CEO, Dr Peggy Brown commends the Royal Commission on the thorough, in-depth review which has been conducted over the past five years and acknowledges that it will take some time to consider not just the recommendations, but the full report in its totality and what that means for all.

“While we can’t prevent what’s happened in the past, it is now time for all relevant organisations and services to consider the recommendations and make sure safeguards are put in place to ensure this does not happen again,” Dr Brown said.

The Commission looks forward to working with others as the recommendations are taken forward, particularly in relation to enhancing trauma informed care in mental health services and ensuring the workforce of the future is well equipped for this task.

“This is an historic moment for Australia. The National Mental Health Commission would like to acknowledge the enormous task that the Royal Commission has completed and the work of the Commissioners whose dedication over the past five years has the potential to change the future for many vulnerable Australians.”

Visit the Royal Commission's website and link to the report.

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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.