Skip to content

Government grants extension for final report

Government grants extension for final report

The National Mental Health Commission has sought and been granted an extension of time to submit the final report to government on the review of self-harm and suicide prevention services, provided by the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA), available to current and former serving members of the ADF and their families.

The final report was due to be presented to Government on 28 February 2017.

Chief Executive Officer of the National Mental Health Commission, Dr Peggy Brown said: “The Commission has undertaken considerable work to date including key informant interview and group discussions, and an extensive literature review.  We have also reviewed previous reports and their recommendations, examined existing tools and documents used by the ADF and DVA, and received a large volume of material via submissions and survey responses.

“We have received a high level of support from the ADF and DVA in order to access the information we required. Due to the complexity and depth of the information received, and the need to ensure the Commission’s report is robust, we have requested more time before providing Government with our report and recommendations.

“We thank the Ministers’ for their understanding in relation to this request,” Dr Brown said.

The review will now be presented to Government by 28 March 2017.

Aboriginal flag Torres Strait Islander flag

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.