Review of Mental Health Services and Programmes

The Australian Government has asked the National Mental Health Commission to conduct a national review of mental health services and programmes.

This review is examining existing mental health services and programmes across all levels of government, and the private and non-government sectors. The focus of the review will be to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of programmes and services in supporting individuals experiencing mental ill health and their families and other support people to lead a contributing life and to engage productively in the community. 

The final report will be provided to the Government by 30 November 2014.

Read the Review Terms of Reference
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Read the Minister's media release announcing the Terms of Reference

Call for submissions

The Commission would like to thank the community and the mental health sector for participating in the online call for submissions, which was held over March and April earlier this year. 

The more than 1,800 online and paper submissions received will be read and analysed and we will use this information for our report to Government, due on 30 November 2014.


About the Call for submissions

On 24 March we invited all interested people and organisations to make a submission to inform the Commission’s deliberations, with online submissions closing at 11.59pm AEST 14 April 2014. You can read the Commission’s media release here.

We wrote to over 530 stakeholders and encouraged them to promote the call for submissions to their networks and to consult with and reflect the views of their members and other constituents in their submissions.

The submission process was designed to focus input to help the Commission to meet the review’s specific Terms of Reference and timeframes.

In particular the survey sought input on service gaps, duplication, inefficiency, unnecessary red tape and solutions.

The submissions process isn’t the only way we are gathering views, ideas and evidence – we’re asking funders and service providers for data and information; we’re meeting face to face with consumer and carer, service provider and professional representatives; and we’re looking at a range of research, evaluations and reviews. The Commission spent its first two years consulting extensively and building evidence from around Australia, especially from people with lived experience of mental health problems and their families and supporters. This will always be at the heart of our advice and reports.

"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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