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Communique - 3rd National Aboriginal Health Summit

Communique - 3rd National Aboriginal Health Summit

David Butt, CEO of the National Mental Health Commission had the opportunity to present the National Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services to more than 100 delegates at the 3rd National Aboriginal Health Summit in Darwin on Friday 31 July.  In his presentation, Mr Butt highlighted what this means for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples mental health and social and emotional wellbeing.  Co-hosted by the Aboriginal Medical Service Alliance NT and NT Government, the Communique from the Summit is now available.

The Communique proposes a set of recommendations to improve Aboriginal health outcomes and close the gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.

Read the Communique (1.1MB)

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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.