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The Sydney Declaration

Members from leading mental health organisations and Commissions from around the world met in Sydney in 11-12 March 2013 for a two day meeting hosted by the National Mental Health Commission.

International, National and State guests discussed ways to bring about change for the benefit of people living with and recovering from mental health difficulties, their families and supporters and the wider community.

The 'Sydney Declaration' outlines opportunities for collaboration to support and drive changes, and shared commitments on:

- Indigenous mental health
- Seclusion and restraint
- Work and mental health
- Knowledge exchange
- International benchmarking

Read the Sydney Declaration PDF 345KB 

Read the agenda and papers from the meeting

Agenda PDF 409KB

Knowledge Exchange PDF 437KB

Seclusion and Restraint PDF 216KB

Aboriginal and First Nations Mental Health PDF 1073KB

Workplace and Mental Health PDF 493KB

International Benchmarking PDF 496KB

Attachment to the International Benchmarking paper
Journal article: Developing mental health-care quality indicators: toward a common framework PDF 130KB

Attachment to the Workplace and Mental Health paper
Report on other standards activities: Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace PDF 399KB

Spotlight Report

In 2012 we commissioned a ‘state of play’ review of existing international mental health benchmarks so we can better understand how Australian mental health performance currently compares with other countries and the extent to which comparative data is both available and robust.

International Benchmarking of Australia's Mental Health Performance - State of Play Review PDF 1649KB

"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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