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Prioritizing Mental Health

As part of an AUS $2.2 billion mental health reform package, the Australian government has launched its first National Mental Health Commission. The eight-member commission will bring greater transparency to the mental health system, highlight service gaps, and give mental health national prominence. One of the commission’s first priorities will be to deliver the first annual National Report Card on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention.

In addition, the government is inviting people who have experienced mental illness to apply for membership in a new consumer group that will inform the creation of a National Mental Health Consumer Organisation. The aim of the new organization will be to bring a consolidated consumer voice to mental health policy and programs in order to improve quality of life and ensure equity.

The Australian Department of Mental Health and Ageing, Open for Business: Australia’s First National Mental Health Commission, January 23, 2012.

The Australian Department of Mental Health and Ageing, New Ads Encourage Australians to Shape Mental Health Reform, January 21, 2012.

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