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Historic day for mental health reform

Historic day for mental health reform

The National Mental Health Commission commends the Australian Government for today’s announcement of an inquiry into the role of mental health in the Australian economy.

The inquiry, to be undertaken by the Productivity Commission, will look at the best ways to support and improve national mental wellbeing.

Chair of the Commission, Lucy Brogden, said it is a great day for mental health and demonstrates the Government’s commitment to improving the lives of all Australians.

“This inquiry is an important step to ensure investment in mental health is efficient and effective, and achieves the best possible outcomes to enable people to live a contributing life,” Lucy Brogden said.

“The examination of how sectors beyond health – including education, employment, social services, housing and justice – contribute to mental health outcomes will ensure future investment is effective and improves the outcomes for all Australians.

“Governments have an important influence on achieving optimal mental health and wellbeing for all Australians, through investment in the services that have the greatest potential to help people lead full and productive lives.”

Interim CEO, Maureen Lewis said this government continues to listen and the Hon. Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Health has shown continued commitment to mental health and suicide prevention reform by prioritising the issue.

“The Commission’s Monitoring mental health and suicide prevention reform National Report 2018 shows that progress is being made in these reforms across Australia,” Maureen Lewis said.

“There are already significant reforms underway across the mental health sector, and the Productivity Commission inquiry will assist by informing optimal investment to deliver the best possible outcomes for individuals, their families and the economy.”

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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.