Australia's First National Mental Health Commission : Open for Business

Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler, has launched Australia's first National Mental Health Commission. The launch marks a significant milestone in the rollout of the Gillard Government's mental health reforms.

The Commission is led by the Chair, Professor Allan Fels and 8 Commissioners, and formally meets for the first time on January 25 to begin work on Australia's first National Report Card on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. Mr Butler said, "The Commission will put Australia's mental health services under the spotlight. It will bring much needed transparency to our system. It will give us insights into service gaps, where we need to do more and where services are working and working well. One of the Commission's first priorities will be to deliver the first annual National Report Card on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention - a key election commitment of the Gillard Government. This is important data that will allow us to monitor whether services are working effectively to deliver lasting outcomes for people with mental illness."

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