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National Press Club Address

National Press Club Address

National Mental Health Commission Chair, Professor Allan Fels gave an address to the National Press Club.

The address was titled: Time to aim higher. Why mental health must be part of Australia's economic and social reform agenda.

Professor Fels spoke about the significant impact of mental health on our economy.

Download the speech (649KB). View the National Press Club address online at the ABC or search the ABC's episode archive or read the National Press Club transcript (478KB).

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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.