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HAVE YOUR SAY - National Contributing Life Project

HAVE YOUR SAY - National
Contributing Life Project

In our first Report Card we made a commitment to a regular and independent qualitative survey of people with mental health difficulties and their families and support people.

The survey will consider access to services, as well as perceptions and experiences. It will build on and complement existing efforts and ensure that people always have a voice and remain at the centre of decision-making about the services that impact on them.

Work on the National Contributing Life Project began early this year. To date:

- Craze Lateral Solutions has been engaged to research, consult on and develop the National Contributing Life methodology. To find out about what work is underway, the next steps and how you can get involved, read the Project Update (April 2013), available on our website.
- As part of the next stage of the project, they are now seeking your feedback and comment to inform the survey development and methodology. There are a number of ways you can provide feedback to the project leads, Leanne and Ross Craze.
- A Project Advisory Group (PAG) has been established to provide expert advice to inform the project’s direction. The PAG, co-chaired by Commissioners Janet Meagher and Jackie Crowe, met for the first time on 20 March, 2013.

Complete the survey online.

Jobs at the Commission

We are very excited to announce two new positions in our small Sydney-based team at the Commission. The positions are the Manager, Report Card (EL1) and Project Officer, Report Card Development (APS 6). A recently vacant Policy and Project Adviser (APS 6) position will also be advertised soon.

To be a strong contender for these diverse and demanding roles you will enjoy working in a complex and challenging environment, be a team player who is flexible and delivers results, have the highest standards of personal integrity, and be committed to social justice. Applicants who have a lived experience of mental health difficulties, a disability and/or are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, or come from culturally or linguistically diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply and to indicate this in their application.

Applications for the two Report Card positions close on the 7 May, 2013. You can download the job descriptions from our website, APS Jobs or SEEK.

View jobs.

Key Dates

9 - 10 May Canberra Commission Meeting

15 - 21 May National Families Week

21 May Council of Non-Government Organisations on Mental Health (CONGO), Canberra

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Acknowledgement of Country

The Commission acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands throughout Australia.
We pay our respects to their clans, and to the elders, past present and emerging, and acknowledge their continuing connection to land, sea and community.


The Commission is committed to embracing diversity and eliminating all forms of discrimination in the provision of health services. The Commission welcomes all people irrespective of ethnicity, lifestyle choice, faith, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Lived Experience

We acknowledge the individual and collective contributions of those with a lived and living experience of mental ill-health and suicide, and those who love, have loved and care for them. Each person’s journey is unique and a valued contribution to Australia’s commitment to mental health suicide prevention systems reform.