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2020 National Report

This National Report 2020 shows that mental health and suicide continue to be significant issues for Australia. The events of late 2019 to 2020 have highlighted both strengths and weaknesses in many of our health and mental health systems.

While an ambitious reform agenda has been set, many challenges remain to be overcome by governments, the mental health sector and the community before we can collectively achieve our vision of a system that delivers better outcomes via an integrated, person-led approach to mental health and wellbeing.

Throughout this report, the Commission highlights areas that require further work to improve the mental health system and ensure that it meets the needs of all consumers and carers. From this analysis, the report makes four recommendations that the Commission views as priorities for the coming 12 months:

  • The Australian Government should develop a National Older Persons Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy.
  • The Australian Government should develop a National Mental Health Workforce Strategy Implementation Plan.
  • The Australian Government should develop a National e-Mental Health Strategy.
  • The Australian Government should develop a National Regional and Remote Mental Health Strategy.