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National Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services released

National Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services released

The National Mental Health Commission is pleased to release its National Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services (the Review).

You can read all four volumes of the Review, along with a summary document and fact sheets, on the National Mental Health Commission website.

The Commission believes that Australia has a transformational opportunity to tackle the individual, social and economic costs of mental ill-health if we make mental health a priority.

The reality is that there’s been broad agreement across the sector for decades that change is urgently needed, and that a greater focus on early intervention is the key to reducing the need for crisis care and helping people live their lives to their full potential.

This means investing in things that make a difference and empowering the sector to work with governments of all levels to rebuild a system around the needs of individuals and their families.

The Review provides 25 recommendations across nine strategic directions which guide a detailed implementation framework of activity over the next decade. It includes almost 200 specific actions which provide concrete ways of making these recommendations a reality. 

Taken together, they form a strong, achievable and practical plan for modernising and reforming Australia’s mental health system and ultimately improving the lives of millions of Australians.

The Commission sees this Review as part of the essential, ongoing conversation with consumers, the community, the mental health sector and governments about achieving better outcomes for individuals, families, communities and the Australian economy.

Summary of the Review

The National Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services is a comprehensive and detailed report.

Download the Summary (601KB).

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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.