Mental Health Reform

On 26 November 2015, the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced a much anticipated response to the National Mental Health Commission’s Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services.

In this response, the Australian Government outlined a framework for reform of Australia’s mental health system.

Following over three years of dedicated policy and advocacy activity from Mental Health Australia, its members and mental health consumer and carers, this announcement has been welcomed as the beginning of much needed systemic change in mental health in Australia.

Here you can find material relating to the work Mental Health Australia has undertaken regarding mental health reform.


  • Publication

    Overview At the time of writing, Australia’s mental health sector is facing unprecedented change and uncertainty. After several years where mental health...

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    This week I received another reminder of how lucky I am to doing the work that I do, alongside some truly inspirational people. Coming so closely after we gathered with sadness to mark the loss of our dear friend and colleague Jackie Crowe, it was good to gather again on Monday and celebrate the achievements of some of the inspirational people working to advance better mental health.

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    Now that the results are in, what will be the legacy of Australia’s marriage equality ‘postal survey’? I confess that when the results were announced I was a little underwhelmed. A 62% YES vote was at the lower end of my expectation, having paced a small friendly wager on the YES vote reaching 75%.

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    The shooting in Texas this week and loss of 26 innocent lives, once again broke our hearts. The senselessness of such violence and the burden of yet another horror to add to our collective psyche. As if this was not enough, what came next appalled me, and many of you too.

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    There is a popular belief that goldfish only have a three-second memory span and every lap of their fishbowl is like seeing the world for the first time. Have we just completed another lap of the fishbowl?

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    This week we learned that a friend, colleague, mentor, advocate, disrupter, innovator, mother and partner Jackie Crowe left us prematurely. For those who knew her, Jackie was a force of nature. Jackie combined her own lived experience, her intelligence and her tremendous capacity for empathy to advocate tirelessly for reforms to the mental health system.

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    The NDIS Board has commissioned McKinsey and Co to conduct a review of the NDIS pricing arrangements. The submission highlights the unique aspects of providing support to people with psychosocial disability and the experiences of providers of psychosocial services.

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    When Every Australian Counts Executive Director, Kirsten Deane spoke on the ABC 730 Report this week about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), she echoed the thoughts of many. “Everyone, absolutely everyone, wants the NDIS to work… And while I don’t think anyone thought this was going to be easy, the really big question is, has the road to the NDIS been rockier than it needed to be?’ said Ms Deane.

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    From Bondi Beach to Possum Creek, Bunbury to Bellerive - World Mental Health Day and the ‘Do You See What I See?’ campaign has struck a chord this year.

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    This week I was delighted to launch an Art Exhibition in Canberra raising awareness of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Part of BPD Awareness Week, the exhibition featured a range of artworks and installations created by people who live with BPD. People with lived experience, expressing themselves and publically displaying that expression.”