Highlights from our 2022-2023 Annual Report
As we approach our Annual General Meeting next week, I am thrilled to present Mental Health Australia’s 2022-2023 Annual Report, which is a testament to our collective efforts in reforming our mental health system over the past financial year.
Mental Health Australia’s unwavering vision for mentally healthy people and communities has driven us to further collaborate with people with lived experience, including their carers and family members, our members, and government stakeholders. Together, we have played a pivotal role in shaping Australia’s mental health landscape.
Over the past year, our team, with the invaluable support of our members, has developed 11 significant submissions to the government, covering a broad spectrum of mental health priorities. Our Policy and Research team has been resolutely committed to advancing policies related to system reform and the social determinants of mental health.
Another highlight was our 2022 Parliamentary Advocacy Day in September, where over 60 delegate members participated in 65 meetings with parliamentarians, marking our most significant success to date. The presence and acknowledgment from national leaders, including the Assistant Minister for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, the Hon Emma McBride MP, Mrs. Melissa McIntosh MP, and Senator Jordan Steele-John, underscore the respect our organisation garners.
In the lead-up to the 2023 Federal Budget, our Policy and Research team outlined government priorities in a Pre-Budget Submission, emphasising the crucial need for investment in lived experience leadership, government accountability, a community-focussed mental health system, and bolstering the mental health workforce.
Our adoption of a proactive and strategic approach over the last 12 months has positioned Mental Health Australia as a leader in the sector. This, in turn, has led to greater collaboration with government, so that we can work together to implement practical solutions in mental health reform.
I highly encourage everyone to delve into our Report and read about the many more highlights of Mental Health Australia’s work over the past year.
Over the next week I’ll be joined in Canberra by many of Mental Health Australia’s members to reflect on the past year at the AGM and have the opportunity to celebrate our achievements at the Grace Groom Memorial Oration. At the Oration we will hear from 2023 Australian of the Year, Taryn Brumfitt, and award the 2023 Grace Groom Memorial Scholarship. This event will be followed by our Members Policy Forum, where we’ll examine the government’s current mental health commitments and discuss our collective priorities for our pre-budget submission for 2024/25 and future policy asks.
Mental Health Australia is steadfast in our commitment to driving collaboration within the sector, presenting a united front in our advocacy efforts. Change does take time, but traction is being achieved through our proactive and strategic approach, as evidenced in our Annual Report. Next week’s events with members and stakeholders are also opportunities to set ourselves up for success next year.
Together, we can showcase to the Government how our collective strength can enhance the mental health system, fostering a nation where we have mentally healthy people and mentally healthy communities.
Have a good weekend,
CEO, Mental Health Australia