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The Review of the services available to veterans and members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) in relation to the prevention of serlf-harm and suicide (the Review) was announced by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on 11 August 2016 and was undertaken by the National Mental Health Commission.

Surveys and submissions for the Review closed on 27 November 2016.

Everyone was welcome to have their say on self-harm and suicide prevention services available to current and former members of Australia’s defence forces.

In particular, ADF personnel, their families, friends and carers, were invited to share their experiences as were providers - including ex-service and community-based organisations - and health professionals.

Privacy was respected. All survey responses were confidential and it was possible to make a written submission anonymously.

Input from the survey and submissions enabled the Commission to provide further information and advice to the Federal Government to help focus future activity, so improvements could be made for the benefit of current and former Defence personnel and those who support them.

The Review was also informed by focus groups, sector experts, a reference group and consideration of previous studies and enquiries.

An interim report to government was due in December 2016 and the Commission's Final Report and recommendations were given to the Government in March 2017.

The Commission's Final Report can be found here.

The Government has considered the Commission's Final Report and recommendations and released its response on 30 June 2017.

The Government's response can be found here.

Support services

If this matter raises any concerns please contact Lifeline 13 11 14, Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 or these organisations. ADF members and their families are encouraged to call the All-hours Support Line on 1800 628 036, Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service 1800 011 046 or these support services to get help.

For more information please contact the National Mental Health Commission, phone 02 8229 7550 or email


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