Mental health and suicide prevention policy

Strategies, policies and plans for improving the mental health of Australians.

Page last updated: 25 June 2015

Page last reviewed: 25 June 2015

Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services

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 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 report can be accessed via the National Mental Health Commission's website.

Mental Health Expert Reference Group

The Australian Government has established a Mental Health Expert Reference Group (ERG) to provide advice to inform the response to the Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services. The Government tasked the National Mental Health Commission to undertake the Review, and consultation with the time limited ERG and other stakeholders is now underway to inform implementation considerations and action. Further information on about the ERG is below.

NameRole on Committee
Ms Kate CarnellChair of the Taskforce
Prof Jane PirkisSuicide prevention and mental health research
Prof Harvey WhitefordMental health planning and reform
Prof Nickolai TitovTeleweb service delivery
Prof Thomas CallalyRegional service integration
Prof Jane GunnPrimary mental health
Ms Julie AndersonConsumer representative
Dr Peggy BrownState/Territory representative (Psychiatrist by training)
Prof Julio LicinioStrategic Professor of Psychiatry
Dr Andrew WilsonPrivate Psychiatrist
Prof Brett McDermottYouth mental health
Dr Shane LangsfordPsychologist
Mr Mark BoothEx-officio, Department of Health

Terms of Reference - Expert Reference Group – Response to the National Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services (the Review)

The programmes being implemented by the Department of Health, with the aim of improving the mental health of Australians, are directed by the: