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Commission in Canberra

Commission in Canberra

Canberra locals met and spoke with Commissioners recently when the Commission held its third meeting of the year in the ACT.

During the two day visit the Commissioners toured local services on the Comorbidity Bus Tour, a joint partnership between the Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Associations ACT, the Mental Health Community Coalition ACT and the Youth Coalition of the ACT. Commissioners also visited the Mental Health Community Policing Initiative at Winchester Police Station and attended a meeting hosted by the Medicare Local ACT with representatives from local organisations to talk about the roll out of Partners in Recovery and the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

At the formal meeting, Commissioners discussed the progress and development of the 2013 Report Card and its key themes. Of particular focus were the chapters about Feeling Safe, Stable and Secure and Suicide Prevention.

At the meeting, CEO Robyn Kruk also confirmed her decision to retire from the Australian Public Service and the position of Commission CEO. The Chair and Commissioners thanked Robyn for her exceptional leadership and dedication to the Commission.

"Robyn's experience, wisdom and humanity has given us the best possible start in life and we will miss working with her. We can all be confident that Robyn will remain a formidable advocate for people with mental health problems and their families." Chair Prof Allan Fels said.

"We have a strong team in the Commissioners and staff and a clear mandate and work program. It will be business as usual until the new CEO is appointed and Robyn will work with the incoming CEO to ensure a smooth transition."

The draft minutes are now available on our website.

Where our work is taking us

The Commission’s work plan for 2013 - 2014 is now available on our website and lists our priorities and projects. While the development of the National Report Card is our main activity, it’s not where our work starts and stops. The broader work program carries on the 2012 Report Card and supports the development of the next and future Report Cards.

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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.