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New Monitoring and Reporting Framework

Our role

The National Mental Health Commission (the Commission) provides insight, advice and evidence on ways to continuously improve Australia’s mental health and suicide prevention systems, and acts as a catalyst for change to achieve these improvements.  This includes increasing accountability and transparency in mental health through the provision of independent reports and advice to the Australian Government and community.  The Commission’s core functions are to influence system improvement and better accountability through leading, collaborating, advising, and reporting. The Commission is the only organisation in Australia with this mandate at a national level.

The Commission is also now responsible for monitoring and reporting on the implementation of the Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan. This added responsibility from the Council of Australian Government (COAG) Health Council aims to deliver better outcomes for people who need mental health support.

The new Framework

The Commission is developing a new reporting framework to guide future monitoring and reporting by the Commission.  The Framework will enable value-add reporting, instigate change and support the Commission to pursue its mission and core purpose.

How we’re developing the Framework

The project is being managed in-house by the Commission while the development will be carried out by NOUS.  The executive at the Commission will oversee the project along with key internal staff from the Commission.

The Framework team

A Reporting and Monitoring Framework Advisory Committee (the Committee) will provide strategic advice to guide the overall development of the reporting and monitoring framework and engagement mechanisms. The purpose is to provide advice around the feasibility and appropriateness of the project and its deliverables, in the context of the Commission’s broader strategic objectives, as well as from a user-perspective.

Advisory Committee members

  • Jackie Crowe (Commissioner)
  • Noel Muller (NMHCCF)
  • Ian Hickie (Commissioner)
  • Richard Weston (Healing Foundation)
  • Gary Hanson (AIHW)
  • Peggy Brown (NMHC)
  • Maureen Lewis (NMHC)
  • Vanessa D’Souza (NMHC)
  • Tess van der Rijt (Nous)
  • Ian Thompson (Nous)

Our design of the Framework

July- Aug 2017

We have developed an implementation plan and an environmental scan paper which offers insights into the current reporting landscape.

We have developed the first stage of the Framework which involved consultations conducted via face-to-face or teleconference by NOUS.

Oct- Nov 2017

We test the draft framework with a national cross section of stakeholders through consultations conducted face-to-face interviews, teleconferences with key stakeholders, workshops in each state and territory and an online public consultation allowing stakeholders to provide further feedback.

Dec 2017

The Project Steering Committee will be provided with the draft Framework.

Who are the key stakeholders?

A broad range of national stakeholders will be consulted, with a focus on stakeholders who will be affected by the Commission’s monitoring and reporting. There will also be a focus on technical experts who can add value around how information can best be reported. This will include representatives from:

  • The National Mental Health Commission
  • People with lived experience of mental health issues and suicidality, their families, friends and support people.
  • Commonwealth Government
  • State and Territory Government
  • Peak bodies
  • Services providers
  • Government and Mental Health Commissions across Australia
  • Primary Health Networks
  • People using the National disability Insurance Scheme and those affected by it
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • People living in rural and remote areas and the general population

Our consultation will help us bring together a national perspective on mental health and suicide prevention reform and consider also the mental health sector through the lens of consumers and carers and their experiences.

"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

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