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National Reform - Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

The Productivity Commission’s (PC) Report into the role of improving mental health to support economic participation and enhancing productivity and economic growth in Australia, was publicly released in November 2020.

In December 2020, the National Federation Reform Council (NFRC) agreed to collaborate on systemic, whole-of-governments reform to deliver a comprehensive, coordinated, consumer-focussed and compassionate mental health and suicide prevention system to benefit all Australians. This will be achieved through a new National Agreement on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention to be negotiated through the Health National Cabinet Reform Committee by the end of November 2021.

In May 2021, the Federal Government released their response to the PC Report, alongside the Federal Budget 2021-22 in its Prevention Compassion Care National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan. The Plan is informed by the lived experiences of everyday Australians and the advice and recommendations from the Productivity Commission and National Suicide Prevention Adviser and Taskforce.

The Morrison Government announced a $2.3 billion investment as part of the 2021-22 Budget for the National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan to lead landmark reform in the mental health and suicide prevention system, based on five pillars:

  1. Prevention and Early Intervention
  2. Suicide Prevention
  3. Treatment
  4. Supporting Vulnerable Australians
  5. Workforce and Governance


For any enquiries, please email:  igr@mhc.wa.gov.au 

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