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Expert Reference Group on Mental Health Reform

National Targets and Indicators for mental health reform:
Report to COAG Working Group on Mental Health Reform

The key task of the Expert Reference Group (ERG) chaired by Professor Allan Fels AO was to provide advice to the COAG Working Group on Mental Health Reform on a set of ambitious and achievable national, whole of life, outcome based indicators and targets for mental health that will be understood by the community and drive systemic change.

The ERG presented its final report, National Targets and Indicators for Mental Health Reform, to the COAG Working Group on Mental Health Reform in September 2013. The ERG's framework of targets and indicators was informed by extensive consultations with people with lived experience of mental health issues, their families and other supporters, clinicians, researchers, non-government organisations, peak bodies, Ministerial Councils and other key stakeholders.

The final report: National Targets and Indicators for mental health reform

Letter to Hon Peter Dutton MP and Hon Mary Wooldridge MLA, Co-Chairs of the COAG Working Group on Mental Health Reform

Appendices 

Measuring a Contributing Life - Mental Health Council of Australia consultations on targets and indicators to drive mental health reform

Other appendices

Quick refernce: The ERG's framework of Targets and Indicators 

National Targets and Indicators for Mental Health Reform

National Targets for Mental Health Reform

What was the COAG Expert Reference Group (ERG)?

In December 2012 the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) welcomed the first Report Card and agreed to provide a response that would “include national indicators and targets for mental health reform.” 

A new Ministerial Working Group on Mental Health Reform was established by COAG. COAG asked the Commission to chair an Expert Reference Group (ERG) to support the Working Group. 

The ERG provided independent advice to the Working Group on Mental Health Reform. Its main task was to provide advice on a new set of national, whole of life, outcome indicators and targets that will drive change.

Who are the ERG members?

The Commission Chair Professor Allan Fels AO was chair of the ERG. The ERG members were nominated by the commonwealth, states and territories.

View a list of the ERG members

View the Terms of Reference

Read the Chair's letter to Minister Butler and Minister Wooldridge

ERG Meeting minutes

Meeting three (24 July 2013) PDF 264KB

Meeting two (4 June 2013) PDF 243KB

Meeting one (10 April 2013) PDF 402KB

"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

What is COAG?

Council of Australian Governments (COAG) is made up of the Prime Minister, State Premiers, Territory Chief Ministers and the President of the Australian Local Government Association. COAG’s role is to initiate and monitor the implementationof nationally significant policy reforms that require cooperative action by all Australian governments.

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