National Mental Health Commission releases report on Australian mental health system

On 16 April 2015, the Australian Government released the Final Report of the National Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services – Contributing Lives, Thriving Communities – undertaken by the National Mental Health Commission. The Government had previously tasked the National Mental Health Commission with conducting a national review of mental health programmes and services. The focus of the review was on assessing the efficiency and effectiveness of programmes and services in supporting individuals experiencing mental ill-health and their families.

The review sought to formulate a set of recommendations for Government, that will create a system to support the mental health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities in ways that enables people to live contributing lives and participate as fully as possible as members of thriving communities. Programmes and services included in this review are:

  • The prevention, early detection and treatment of mental illness;
  • The prevention of suicide;
  • Mental health research, workforce development and training; and/or
  • The reduction of the burden of disease caused by mental illness.

The review provides 25 recommendations across nine strategic directions which guide a detailed implementation framework of activity over the next decade. Taken together, they form a strong, achievable and practical plan to reform Australia’s mental health system.

The full report can be accessed on the National Mental Health Commission’s website:,-thriving-communities-review-of-mental-health-programmes-and-services.aspx