22 Dec 2020
The National Mental Health Commission (The Commission) today welcomed the swearing-in of the new ministry including The Hon. Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Health and Aged Care, and in the new role of Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, The Hon. David Coleman MP.
National Mental Health Commission CEO, Ms Christine Morgan, said mental health and suicide prevention are clearly priorities for the Australian Government with this timely new appointment reinforcing a commitment to system reform.
“Governments, Ministers, mental health leaders and Australians who live with mental illness and ill-health, are all clearly committed to mental health and suicide prevention reform. This requires a coordinated and forthright effort, of which an additional dedicated ministerial position is applauded,” said Ms Morgan.
“The Commission looks forward to working collaboratively on the strategic planning and the substance of the reforms needed across all touch points of the national system.
Commission Chair, Mrs Lucy Brogden, AM, said Assistant Minister Coleman’s appointment recognised his commitment to the importance of taking a compassionate and strategic approach to prevention, early intervention and access to care.
“Reform in mental health and suicide prevention requires a whole of government and all of governments approach. This new portfolio is key to ensuring the outcome of reform is more Australians living a contributing life,” said Mrs Brogden.
“Over the past 12 months nearly every Australian has developed a shared understanding of the importance of a person’s mental health and wellbeing to their everyday life. This collective experience is a strong foundation to build a prioritised commitment to reform.”